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The “Nosetta”

The lake walk of Viale Geno and Piazza De Gasperi in front of the funicular station is not only among the busiest places in Como, frequented both by locals and tourists, but it is also a great starting point even if you like searching for hidden and lesser known gems of the city. Right next to the funicular station there […]

The lake walk of Viale Geno and Piazza De Gasperi in front of the funicular station is not only among the busiest places in Como, frequented both by locals and tourists, but it is also a great starting point even if you like searching for hidden and lesser known gems of the city. Right next to the funicular station there is a small street, Via della Madonnetta. Asphalted at the beginning, it soon becomes a stairway. It’s a bit tiring but in the last stroke you’re expecting a surprise. Suddenly there is a wonderful view of the harbor. You are still in town but the lakeside crowd is distant and the atmosphere is that of the small hamlets along the Lake.

This whole area still carries traces of the times when it was inhabited by boatmen and laundresses that, among many walnut trees, were hanging their clothes.
At the top of the ascent, on the left, there is a small Chapel called by the locals “Cappella della Nosetta”. Built in the 18 th century, it has been linked since 1836 to a very special ritual of the city. In that period Como was affected by cholera. The laundresses, because of their work, were particularly exposed to the disease and vowed to go to the Chapel every year on pilgrimage. Few know it, but today, on the second Sunday of July, at dawn, this ritual is repeated.

From the Chapel you can return to the lake walk walking back on your steps or through Via Torno. But there is a third alternative for the bravest. Immediately on the right, downhill, the Salita della Nosetta will take you back to the Lake in a few minutes. A spectacular but almost vertical way back with a very narrow, rambling and steep staircase without handrails! Don’t say we did not warn you …