Spina Verde: a mix of history and vistas over the city of Como and Lake Como
Spina Verde Regional Park in Como enjoys a commanding position over the city and across the first basin of Lake Como.
There are so many places in the park of natural, archaeological and historical interest: the ruins of Castello Baradello are just one of the symbols of the city, but along the numerous trails through the park you can find pre-Roman settlements, the trenches of the historic Cadorna Line, and vantage points with vistas stretching across Lake Como and the entire Brianza area.
You can explore the park with many different trails, but the one we have chosen takes us on a tour of archaeological and historical discovery combined with a 360° look from the countless vantage points we encounter along the way.
While walking along the archaeological trail we find evidence of the Celtic civilisation from Golasecca and the first inhabitants of Como amongst the archaeological remains of extraordinary importance, such as ancient springs, rock engravings, primitive settlements, and sacred and Stone Age areas.
Our tour then takes us to Castello Baradello, which overlooks and protects the entire city from up on high. The views of the surrounding area from the Mediaeval tower are truly spectacular.
Ready to walk with us?
EXPECTED DURATION: 5 hours – Departure: 9:00 – Finish: 14:30 approx.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY (rated from 1 to 5): ▼▼
PHYSICAL RATING (rated from 1 to 5): ♥ ♥ ♥
ROUTE LENGTH: 8 km
ELEVATION DIFFERENCE: 350 m
FROM: Como (zona Prestino)
TO: the route is a loop so it finishes at our point of departure
WHAT TO PACK: Hiking gear – we recommend hiking boots, a backpack, seasonally-appropriate clothing, telescopic trekking poles, water and food. Please don’t forget your mask and disinfectant.
The route is easy enough and without any particular technical difficulties, but we still ask that you are fit before attempting this hike.
The route may need to be changed based on the environmental conditions to ensure the safety of the entire group.
YOUR GUIDE FOR THIS EXCURSION: ANTONELLA TODISCO – Guida Spina Verde
After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts with a diploma, I spent the next fifteen years restoring works of art. But when my first child was born in 2007, I decided to join my husband in running a mountain refuge. It was probably during this experience that I became increasingly interested in the natural world and above all in all the aspects that combine art and nature.
So with this in mind, I took several training courses at various museums (MUBA in Milan and Mart in Rovereto), became a guide for Spina Verde Regional Park in Como, and also got involved with working as a guide in the countryside and environmental education.
My current areas of interest focus on possible links and references between all types of artistic representation and the natural world, and I am working with the Battito d’Ali Association on designing and running workshops.
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