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Travel Inspirations: Autumn holidays - Lake Como

Autumn is the perfect season for a relaxing holiday, for example, on Lake Como, Abruzzo, Sicily or Sardinia, especially if you enjoy hiking.The really busy time of the high season is over.

You have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Autumn: the bright colors of the leaves, shortness of days with beautiful, nostalgic panoramic skys, and comfortable temperatures.

The view of the sun's last rays in the park on the beach or mountain side holiday in the autumn guarantee a full experience.

The rents of the houses and apartments are less expensive in the Autumn too.

For those who are impulsive, today we have put together our best Lastminute Holiday Accommodation: From a cozy cottage on the lake to a holiday apartment with pool. For sure there is something for you and your family.

Save money and book today one of our special offers, have a look at our exclusive Special Price Offers for the autumn!

Gravedona is one of the most beautiful places on Lake Como. The town of Gravedona offers you a beautiful beach with a promenade which takes you as far as Dongo, a pretty old town with many restaurants and bars and of course all the shops, and sporting facilities including tennis, sailing, windsurfing, motor boating, swimming, etc.

A very nice waterfront with ferry boats below the romantic backdrop of the old Palzzo Gallio. Some nice restaurants with outdoor seating and cozy coffee shops invite you to enjoy your stay. Park and public beach with a terrace café / kiosk. On the extension of the promenade to the south, past the church is the sports stadium, parking is avaialbe on the first and second street on the left (Viale Scuri). The historical town lies at the mouth of the valley, on the top western shore of Lake Como, in a picturesque bay, almost exactly opposite the mouth of the Valtellina valley. Gravedona was colonized by the Romans and a fortified settlement was built, and was fought over by the Milanese and the local Como inhabitants. Gravedona, Sorrico and Dongo belonged to the community 'Tre Pievi' and later passed into the hands of the Visconti, and then finally released by the Spaniards to the Cardinal Gallio.

Gravedona is also an ideal starting point for hiking and mountain biking. With the passenger ferry or speedboat there is easy access to many parts of the lake as far as Como and Lecco.

Worth seeing in the town and its surroundings 
The Basilica di San Vincenzo , antique construction, was restored in the 11th, 17th and 18th Centurys. There are still traces of the ancient Roman buildings. The interior is interesting, especially the crypt. 

The church Chiesa della Regina Teodolinda S. Maria del Tiglio  was restored in about 1100. The interior (valuable paintings), let you clearly see the later building modifications.

The church Chiesa dei S.S. Gusmeo e Malleo , Romanico (1200), rebuilt later (1500/1600 approx).

The former monastery church of Santa Maria delle Grazie , built during the 15th Century belonged until the 18th century to the Augustinian monks. Inside are priceless frescoes and sculptures. 

The Palazzo Gallio , 16Century, the residence of Cardinal Gallio. Today is a protected historic monument. Built in 1582 on behalf of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, according to designs by Pellegrino De'Pellegrini, is at the center of the territory of the Tre Pievi (three parishes), to which Gravedona, Dongo and Sorico belonged. Today the building houses the administration of the Comunità Montana. The Palazzo Gallio is publicly accessible, but only part of the garden and corridors and the Information Office of the Comunità Montana Alto Lario, where Tourist Information is available.

Walks and hikes
To Peglio, 633 m, about 1 hour. To Livo, 675 m, about 1.45 hours. To Dosso del Liro, 625 m, over Madonna delle Grazie and S. Martino, about 1 hour.

Restaurant tips
In the square of Gravedona there are very nice street cafes right on the lake where you can breakfast in the morning. Along the beautiful waterfront are also several good restaurants.

 
Saltamartin small romantic restaurant above Consiglio Rumo (between Gravedona and Dongo), turn right. Magnificent view, with an outdoor terrace, very good home cooked local produce, reservations highly recommended Tel 0344/ 80 819.

-Osteria "Ca'di'Matt" Very pleasant atmosphere in the old restored vaults. You get original, very good food. In addition there is a daily menu. You can find the restaurant in a small street just before the former castle, parallel to the harbour. Closed on Wednesdays. Via Castello 10, Tel. 0344/85 640.

-Ristorante Hotel La Villa Very nice restaurant with nice atmosphere and full up market menu. Bright dining room with large glass sliding doors to the garden. In the summer, you can also eat on the garden terrace by the pool. The owners also speak German. You can find Hotel La Villa on the main road on the left side of Gravedona located slightly below the road you will see a detached villa-like building with a swimming pool. Via Regina 17 Tel 0344/89 027.

Weekly market (mercato settimanale)
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month (from about 8.00 until about 12.30).

...during your stay we also reccomend a visit to:

Dorio

Dorio is just 5 km from Colico and only about 2 km south of the Olgiasca peninsula at the foot of Mount Legnoncino. The climatic conditions have been favorable for centuries which has enabled the cultivation of olive trees, vines and laurel. The village Dorio consists of the districts Torchie...

Mezzegra

Mezzegra is located on the western shore of Lake Como, a charming village in the Italian province of Como, rich in history and art, divided into six districts:. Azzano, Pola, Giulino, Bonzanigo, Mugnano and Ganzo. The village has about 1,000 inhabitants Mezzegra ( as of 2012) and rises 200 meters...

Menaggio

Menaggio is a picturesque holiday town and the middlepoint of the west bank of lake Como, it is at the northern end of the Tremezzina Riviera, with about a 8 km long break in the prominade, Menaggio is where you will find the main attraction on Lake Como. The holiday town has it´s own b...

Here is a selection of holiday villas and apartments Lake Como:


Casa Giardino Primo

ab 560
pro Woche

Modern new apartment for up to 6 people in Colico on Lake Como, with large garden - just 100 meters from the beach.

Casa Colombo Domaso Monolocale

ab 455
pro Woche

The modern 1-room apartment Colombo Domaso Monolocale is situated in the Residense Colombo a family apartment house which is located within walking distance from the lake, and has a large pool, jacuzzi and sunbathing area.

Casa Diva

ab 420
pro Woche

Beautiful, elegant 2-room apartment with its beautiful garden with patio, lawn and barbecue