Menaggio

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Menaggio is a village in Como, Italy.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

  • From Bergamo-Orio al Serio Airport, take the Lake Como express bus service ([1]) by 15€ one way.
  • From/to Como, there is a bus service by ASF Autolinee (Route C10) which leaves from both Como San Giovanni and Como Lago train stations. Takes around 70-80 minutes. You must buy your ticket before boarding- look out for a tabaccherie (large 'T' on a sign) to buy one from usually available in the station itself. ([2])
  • From/to Lugano, bus service by ASF Autolinee (Route C12) ([3])
  • Trains run from Milan Centrale to stations in Como (Como San Giovanni and Como Lago Nord) and Varenna and cost under €10 and take less than an hour. Ferries link to Menaggio from there (run by Navigation Lago de Como). From Varenna, a single trip on the ferry costs around €5 and takes 15 minutes. From Como, the 'slow' service costs around €10 and takes around 2.5 hours. Alternatively, the 'rapid' ferry takes around 50 minutes but costs an extra €5. The route from Como is very scenic. Stops are announced on the ferry. Queuing is apparently not very Italian so expect people to push in front of you as you are waiting at the jetty. The ticket staff on the ferries generally speak good English due to the many English and American tourists and can let you know departure times of the next ferry (also available on their website). The ferry port is around a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Menaggio.

Get around[edit]

  • The Lake Como ferry service is a good way of visiting other villages around the lake, particularly Varenna and Bellagio which are situated in the central triangle of the lake. Ferry timetables and prices are available online.
  • Buses run from Menaggio up and down the lake to Como, and across the Swiss border to Lugano.
  • Roads in the area can be steep with hairpin bends so some care is required.

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Do[edit][add listing]

  • Mini golf at the north end of town on the lake front.
  • Menaggio Lido offers a bar, swimming pool, 'beach' area (yellow concrete with deck chairs) for a fee.
  • In front if Camping Europa at the north end of town is a 'public beach', although space is limited and the area is not particularly nice.
  • Beyond the north end of town next to a tunnel to the next village is a climbing area on the natural rock created by the local alpine club. Busy at weekends. has a series of anchor points set into the rock for sport climbing.
  • Catch the C13 bus to Breglia (tickets available from the newsagent or garage near the ferry port. Timetable available online, costs around €3 and takes 25 mins) and hike 600m ( vertical) to Rifugio Menaggio. Takes around 2 hours to reach, and a number of walks from here including Mount Grona (1736m) which offers good views of Lake Como and Lake Lugano and takes around 1.5 hours from the Rifugio, and Mount Bregagno (2107m) which takes around 2.5 hours from the Rigugio. Make sure to buy a return ticket before you go and check bus times back afterwards! Get off the bus at its final stop in Breglia next to a small cemetery and a large car park. Walks are generally well signposted with approximate times to each location, but recommend buying Kompass map 91 of the area which shows the different routes (1:50 000 scale).
  • Walk in the Parc Vale Sanagra. Leaflets are available in the Menaggio tourist information office in the main square and include a walk to an ancient oak tree and a walk up the valley past various historic industries. There is also a fitness trail from Piamuro at the entrance to the park which has different equipment around it you can work out on (balancing beams, rope climbs etc.)
  • Visit one of the other towns around the lake by ferry.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • There is a newsagents in the centre which sells postcards, stamps, souvenirs and bus tickets. Staff speak reasonable English.
  • Conad supermarket (open 0830-1230 all week and 1530-1930 Monday to Saturday) offers a surprising good selection of food, drink (some excellent cheap wine) and other essentials. Has a meat and cheese counter as well. Due to the fairly remote location of Menaggio, prices are probably a bit higher than you'd pay in the middle of a major city but still reasonable. Note that the fruit and veg section is NOT self service and you have to wait for one of the staff to pick your fruit and veg out for you and put it in a bag with a price tag for you. Parking is available but you need to validate your ticket at the checkout.
  • Menaggio also has a fruit and veg shop, bakery and delicatessen.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Numerous restaurants are present near the lake in the town and are generally quite touristy. Pizza €6-10 and beer/wine €5-7 depending on size and quality.
  • Several gelato shops along the lake front, costing around €3 for 3 scoops.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • There are lots of cafés and restaurants along the lake front which cater to tourists.
  • Limoncello (lemon liquer, 30% abv+) is regarded as an Italian speciality, and is sold in many of the tourist shops for inflated prices of €15+/50cl. Buy it in supermarkets for much less (€5.95/50cl) for similar quality! Some is even made in Menaggio itself!
  • Many places sell Italian wines which are very drinkable.
  • Owing to its Alpine location, much of the beer sold in bars and shops is of German origin or international brands such as Heineken. But some Italian beer is usually available as well.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Holiday Villa Grandola Lake Como, Menaggio, [4].  edit
  • There is a youth hostel at the south end of town approximately 5 minutes walk from the ferry port along the lake front.
  • Il Balcon di Elma consists of 3 apartments of varying sizes with balconies and views of the lake across to Varenna. Located 5 minutes from the ferry port. Available on Air B'n'B or direct on the internet (which may avoid an extra service fee).
  • Grand Hotel Menaggio is directly next to the ferry port and appears popular with older tourists. Has a swimming pool.

Contact[edit]

  • Menaggio has a tourist information office in the main square on the lake front with lots of useful information on the local area.

Get out[edit]


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