Menaggio is situated in the heart of Lake Como, on its western shore, at the beginning of a valley that connects Menaggio with Lake Lugano. Already at the beginning of the 18th century it was discovered by the first tourists, attracted by the beautiful landscape and the mild climate. The grand hotels and many luxurious villas were built. The town consists in a centre and three hamlets Loveno, Nobiallo and Croce and has a total of about 3200 inhabitants.
Menaggio is of ancient origins, and in its centre as well as in its hamlets, there are many interesting monuments which recall Menaggio’s importance throughout the age, such as the memorial plaque of Minicio Exorato, a notable of the Roman empire, and the impressive perimetric walls that surrounded the medieval castle. For more detailed information on Menaggio see Historic and Artisctic Itinerary through Menaggio.
On foot or by mountain bike you can explore the trails of the Val Sanagra Park, a large territory rich in flora and fauna just above Menaggio. The sportsmen can try their climbing skill on the Via Ferrata to the top of Monte Grona or on the climbing face between Menaggio and the hamlet Nobiallo. Families can enjoy the splendid crazy golf on the lakeside promenade and the playground in the centre of the town. Menaggio boasts an awesome 18 hole golf course founded in 1907, and a lido with a big beach and swimming pool. The town also has of a free public beach and numerous sport facilities.
The restaurants in the centre of town and in the hamlets all have traditional dishes on their menus either with lake specialities, with its preference for fish, or the cuisine of the valleys, with polenta, game, mushrooms and local cheeses. During the evenings musical events in the piazza , and small handcraft markets, often animate the town.
From Lugano: The distance from Lugano to Menaggio is 27 km. Take the motorway exit Lugano Nord and follow the indications for Gandria – St. Moritz. Once crossed through Lugano, follow the indications for Menaggio. After having passed the border at Gandria, follow the 340 road to Menaggio.
N.B. There is a car ferry service in between Varenna and Menaggio and between Bellagio and Menaggio
The closest railway stations are:
Lugano (27 Km)
Como (30 Km)
Varenna Esino (4 Km)
From Milan Central station by FS train to Como S. Giovanni station. From the square in front of the station about every hour bus line C10 of the SPT company leaves for Menaggio (32 km) Buy tickets before boarding the bus at the bar or newsagent inside the station.
Or: From Milan Central Station by FS train line direction Sondrio as far as Varenna-Esino. From Varenna station it’s 300 m down to the boat dock where you take either the boat or ferry across the lake to Menaggio.
Or: From Milano Cadorna station by FNME train to Como Lago. Then from Piazza Matteotti (50 m from Como Lago station) about every hour bus line C10 of the SPT company leaves for Menaggio (32 km) 300 m from the station Como Lago is the boat dock from where boats and hydrofoils leave for Menaggio.
To Lugano station. From Lugano in Via Campo Marzio about every two hour bus line C12 of the SPT company leaves for Menaggio (27 km); from the train station to the bus station is more than 1 km. We advise taking a local bus or a taxi to the italian bus stop.
Time table of the buses ASF: www.asfautolinee.it
Time table of the boats: www.navigazionelaghi.it
Time table of FS trains: www.trenitalia.it
Time table of FNME trains: www.trenord.it
By rental car:
The distance from Linate airport to Menaggio is 120 km. Follow the indications for the motorway Laghi and then pick up the A9 Como – Chiasso. Take the last exit Como Nord (the last exit for Italy before arriving in Switzerland). When you arrive at a circus, turn left and follow the indications for Menaggio.
By public transport:
Shuttle bus Linate Airport – Milan Central Station
Bus Stam every 20 minutes travel time approx. 20 min.
From Milan Central Station train to Como San Giovanni station
travel time approx. 40 minutes
From train station Como San Giovanni bus line C10 to Menaggio travel time approx. 1.10 hr). For the timetable consult www.asfautolinee.it
From Milan Central Station to Varenna Esino (train line direction Tirano)
travel time 1 hr.
For the timetable consult http://www.trenitalia.it
From Varenna you take the ferry across the lake to Menaggio (travel time 0.15 min.).
The boat dock is 150 m from the station. For the timetable consult: www.navigazionelaghi.it
By train from Malpensa Airport:
From Malpensa airport you take the Malpensa express as far as Saronno (one course every 30 minutes travel time 20 minutes). Here you change and take the train to Como (travel time 40 minutes). For the train times you can consult www.trenord.it You arrive at the station Como Lago. From here you can take bus line C10 to Menaggio (travel time 1.10 hr.) For the timetable you can consult www.asfautolinee.it. From Como you can also take the hydrofoil to Menaggio (travel time 0.50 minutes). The boat dock is 100 m from the train station Como Lago For the timetable consult www.navigazionelaghi.it
By rental car:
Follow the motor A4 direction Milano. From Milano follow the A9 Laghi in direction Como – Chiasso. Take the exit Como Nord (the last exit before the Swiss border) and at the circus follow the indications for Menaggio.
From Orio al Serio by train to Varenna and by boat to Menaggio
By public transport:
Shuttle Bus Service ATB from Airport Orio al Serio to railway station FS Bergamo
Travel time 20 minutes. Info tel. 035 236026
From Bergamo railway station by train to Varenna – Esino (you have to change at Lecco). Travel time 1.30 hours. For the time table time table see www.trenitalia.it
From Varenna by boat or ferry to Menaggio. Travel time 15 min. For the time table see www.navigazionelaghi.it
N.B. last ferry around 19.45!
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