Tour 7 - The Medeghino and the Duce: Musso & Dongo

Arrival at Musso. This small village was the domain of the Meneghino. As a matter of fact on the “Sasso” (Stone) stood the famous fortress of Gian Giacomo Medici, a member of the noble family of Milan and descendant of the nobler family of Florence. The Medeghino raged with his troops and ships in this territory of the ducky of Milan until the Emperor Charles V appointed him General of his army. Thanks to this sudden change and to his powerful family his remains lie in a tomb inside the Milan Cathedral. For the curious tourist, the ruins of the castle are still visible near the ancient marble quarry.
You continue to Dongo. Visit of the Palazzo Manzi, where Mussolini and the Fascists were captured. Inside this palace there is the Sala d’oro (Golden Room) with the fresco of the “Parnaso” of Giuseppe Lavelli, a disciple of Appiani, with the library of the Manzi family with 4.000 books, the chapel of the Immacolate and the museum of the resistance of Como. You should also visit the church of S. Maria di Martinico, built in the XIIth century but later renovated, and the sanctuary of the Madonna delle Lacrime, outside the village, which was built after a miracle happened in 15533. Visit of the church with all the wooden sculptures of the XVIIth century representing the Last Supper and the crucifiction, as well as the franciscan convent and the library which is rich in precious books.
After that it is possible to reach the Valle Albano behind the village of Dongo. This is a very important valley for the local history, and it is the route leading to the Valle Mesolcina in the Ticino. Thanks to this valley, during the past took place continuous commercial exchanges with the near Swiss and Germany, and nowadays it is also known as the Valley of the Smugglers. A visit to the village of Stazzona where a typical house of the Valley was rebuilt, the so-called “Masun” and the church of S. Giuliano with the chapel of the rosary painted in 1619 by the Fiammenghino and with some works of Giulio Quaglio di Laino who worked here since 1726. You continue to Brenzio, a hamlet of the Consiglio di Rumo, with the beautiful parish dedicated to S. Giovanni Battista by Isidoro Bianchi da Campione. Finally you arrive at Garzeno, one of the last villages of the valley with the church of S. Pietro e Paolo, probably built in 1172 and renovated first in the XVth century and later in the XVIIth century. Inside the church there are frescos of Sigismondo de Magistris and of Gianpaolo Recchi, with the chapels of S. Antonio and of the Virgin of the Rosary.

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Visit of the small mountain village of Germasino. This village, located on a side of the mount Cortafon in a position dominating the entrance of the Valle Albano, is crossed by the road leading to the pass of S. Jorio. Its territory, rich in woods and pastures, is the only one that reaches the boarder between Italy and Swiss on the ridge of the southern chain Mesolcina, thus arriving, with the mount Marmontana, at 2316 meters high. The refuge Sommafiume (m.1806) is an interesting place to visit as well as a refreshment place where the lovers of the mountain can spend the night. Visit of the church dedicated to SS. Donato and Clemente with a fresco of Sigismondo de Magistris (XVIth sec.) at the front..

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Escursioni proposte: Ride at Giovo and S. Jorio
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Escursioni proposte: Tour 7 (420Kb)