Views of the southern part of lake Como

From Brunate to Torno
A walk to discover fantastic views, beautiful sceneries and picturesque places
This itinerary takes you up with the funicular railway from Como to Brunate, a small town that became a very popular tourist resort at the turn of the 20th century. Today as in the past, it offers one of the most beautiful view over the Lombardian Prealps.

From Brunate you can reach Monte Piatto with an easy trek and from here you can walk down a precipitous stepped track to Torno, a medieval lakeshore village. You can get back by boat from Torno to Como.
1 Day
Brunate and Torno
Nature and outdoor activities
Art culture and religion
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On foot
By boat
Brunate and the funicular railway
Brunate not only offers breathtaking views but also has architectural highlights and is a great starting place for mountain walks.
This charming little train made its first run in 1894 to connect Como to Brunate. These trains still run every half hour every day. Pulled by massive steel cables, they climb up the mountain slope with an average angle of inclination of 51 degrees.

Estimated time of visiting: 1hr
Transfer: the funicular railway station is located in piazza De Gaspery on the lake side. Trains run every half hour from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and take about 10min to reach the mountain top
Walk from Brunate to Montepiatto
This easy walk takes you from Brunate to Montepiatto, situated at 600 m above sea level, along a mountain side track in less than two hours. The track is mainly plain and offers fantastic views on the southernmost part of Lake Como.

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr and 30min / 3hr
Transfer: the walk starts from the Brunate Sports Centre in via Nidrino, a 15min walk from the funicular railway station or from the Parrish Church of San Andrea
Packed lunch
Visit of the church of S. Giovanni and the centre of Torno
Those who come to Torno from Montepiatto through via Tridi, Tridi, Streccione, Pergola and Montepiatto, will notice on the right the 1300’s Church of San. Giovanni, one of the most interesting monuments on the eastern side of Lake Como.
Besides this church, Torno has many other beautiful monuments. The village was of some importance in ancient times. Destroyed in the 16th century, it was never to return to its former glory.

Useful Information:
Opening hours: open every day

Estimated time of visiting: 30min
Transfer: the Church is located in the small piazza San Giovanni. Those who come to Torno from Montepiatto have to walk down via Tridi, Streccione, Pergola and Montepiatto for a few minutes. Those who come to Torno by boat have to walk via Plinio, piazza Caronti, via Piave and De Passeris for about 10min
Piazza Casartelli and the Church of Santa Tecla
Piazza Casartelli is a small, picturesque lakeside square with beautiful typical houses and a tourist marina. There stands also Santa Tecla, a nice 1400’s church of probable Romanesque origin. The church contains very fine works of art. Piazza Casartelli is also the departure point for boats. All around there are old narrow streets, stepped alleys, stone houses, fountains, chapels and picturesque corners.

Useful Information:
Opening hours: open everyday

Estimated time of visiting: 30min
Transfer: Santa Tecla and piazza Casartelli can be reached on foot or by boat. Those who come to Torno from Montepiatto or the Church of San Giovanni have to walk via De Passeris, above the main street, and via Piave for a few minutes. Across via Poggi, continue on via Plinio. Torno and Como are connected by a boat service. Boats run every half hour from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00. p.m. You can also reach Torno by bus, C30 line Como-Bellagio, stop piazza Caronti