Path 1. Along the ancient way towards S. Anna
This route begins at the Parish Church of Argegno, goes along the right shore of the Telo Valley, walking along the hillock where there was an ancient medieval castle, and ends at the S. Anna church dating back to the 17th Century in the homonymous village along the present street for Schignano. In particular the stretch of the route, which starts from the historical centre of Argegno and reaches S. Anna, traces out the ancient path used by the inhabitants to reach Schignano, already quoted in a document of the year 1622 pointed out by Donato Gregorio in the book Argegno. History and memoirs of the city hall of Lario: it has to do with the appeal of the inhabitants of Argegno against the court decision Paolo Giovio who had imposed them to pay the repair of the above mentioned road between Argegno and Schignano for the stretch belonging to their province. But the inhabitants claimed that the repair should have been made by the people who de facto damaged the street, that is to say by the inhabitants of Schignano, who drive through it with their carts, while the others went through it on foot. The deadlock broke in their favour thanks to the evidence of a certain Battista Testi of Muronico, who confirmed how the inhabitants of Argegno: «a piedi l’adoprano spessissimo, et con bestie per andar al pascolo ogni giorno in tempo pascolare, et con carri l’adoprano quando il bisogno di condurre per loro servitio di legna, et alter robbe, pagando quelli d’Argegno la vittura a quelli di Schignano, per non haver quelli d’Argegno carri». Along the route, which was traditionally used during the Rogation processions, made in springs in order to propitiate the crop, an evidence of the popular faith remained: along via Pizzo Gordona are visible around ten chapels and niches, with statues or religious images, built for devotion or as religious donation of the inhabitants of Argegno. But above all the devotion for Saint Anna, is a deep routed devotion, witnessed by the numerous religious donations, and which every year leads many believers of the church, built, according the popular tradition, on the place of a previous marian image, after a vow against the plague of 1630. The Sunday following to the liturgical feast (on the 26th of July), is celebrated a town festival in honour to the Saint where the sacred and the profane join to celebrate one of the most important events in the area. During the morning the High Mass is celebrated, followed in the afternoon by the vespers and by the procession. Up to the 19th Century, in the 3 following days, on Monday (the so called “Sant’Annina”) on Tuesday (the so called “Sant’Annona”) and also on Wednesday (“Sant’Annana”), the ones who could, went again to S. Anna in order to continue the feast.
Point of interest
New Parish Church of SS. Trinità, Monument to Pietro Vassena, Former Viscardi’s tower* and buildings of medieval origin, Old Parish Church of SS. Trinità*, “Cà del Ponte”, Medioeval bridge on the Telo, “Vicolo dei Mulini”, Chapel of S. Giacomo, Medieval Castle*, Chapel of Madonna della Neve, Chapels of S. Francesco d’Assisi and of Blessed Virgin, Chapel of S. Rocco, Church of S. Anna.
* building lost totally or in part
Departure place Argegno, Parish Church of SS.Trinità Arrival place Argegno, Church of S. Anna Path type Urban (stage 1-2) and tourist-excursion mixed route (stage 2), and excursion route (stage 3) Environment Urban zone (stage 1 and 2), mountain area (stage 3) Total length approximately 1,5 Km Time on foot 0.45 hours (visits excluded) Difficulty Tourist with flat route (stage 1), Tourist-excursion route; hill route with some steps (stage 2 and 3)
Overlapping / Intersections with other paths
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Further information about the path
Rise: about 200 m Maximum height: 410 m Paving: porphyry, asphalt, cement Public means of transport used to reach the departure point : Buses , ferry, hydrofoil Public means of transport from the arrival point: Buses Parking at the departure place: yes, there are some parkings for the handicapped
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Historical figures Pietro Vassena Bibliography Donato Gregorio, Argegno. Storia e memorie di un Comune del Lario, Bellavite Editore, Missaglia 2009* Silvia Fasana, Ambra Garancini, Sui passi dell’anima. Luoghi della devozione nel territorio lariointelvese, Bellavite Editore, Missaglia 2009 Marco Lazzati, La Valle Intelvi, BE-MA Editrice, Milano 1986 Guide della Provincia di Como. Da Cernobbio alla Valle Intelvi, Amministrazione Provinciale di Como, Istituto per la Storia dell’Arte Lombarda, Nodo Libri, Como 1997 * the work of Donato Gregorio, of which we suggest the reading, plays a very important role for the knowledge of the Argegno history and its territory. The historical info contained in this text, has been used and published in this website. [n.d. A.] Websites Comune di Argegno Wikipedia