camminacitta

Stage 3 – From borgo St. Antonio to the church of St. Anna

Description

Just after the end of the ancient nucleus of the town, the paving material in porphyry is replaced by the cement and the road goes along a canal in cement and brick work, wide approximately one meter, which traces out in the road layout the small torrent, coming from Schignano, from where the water for the Roggia Molinara was extracted. On the left, the road is flanked by small steps used to break the slope. We meet always on the left the Cappella di S. Giacomo, highlighted, as the others, by big yellow roadsigns put by the Comunità Montana Lario Intelvese some years ago. On the corner, before the steps which lead to the locality Castello, we meet the building of the old “Crotto S. Anna”, today restructured, used as a private home and in red painted. We arrive on the hillock of the locality Castello where, in the left area, as regards the stone steps which reach today this locality, stood a medieval castle, previously occupied by an ancient chapel dedicated to St. James . In correspondence to the steps, the paving material of our route becomes asphalted and the slope increases. Walking on, around 5 metres after the steps which lead to Castello, we go along the Cappella della Madonna della Neve, placed on the left. The road goes through new buildings, mansions and small elegant bourgeois houses, interspersed with green areas which tell us how this locality should be until the last century. After about 180 metres, on the left, there is a small parking, in the locality Puzzoo (that is to say small well , so called for the presence of a spring under the wall of the present provincial road where the inhabitants went in order to take the water). After about 30 metres, the road is flanked by two chapels one in front the other: on the right, the one of S. Francesco d’Assisi, on the left the one of the Beata Vergine. Just after ,we cross a peduncle which comes from the hairpin bend for Schignano, where at its beginning we find a roadsign placed by the Comunita’ Montano Lario Intelvese which indicates “ Mulattiera Argegno-S. Anna”. We take the closed-end road in cement slightly uphill, reported with roadsigns with a ban on access, which cuts the half northern part of the Monte Ballano, keeping a little downstream the modern road. Watching the other part of the Telo Valley, we can observe the hamlet of Muronico del Comune di Dizzasco, with the ancient church of S. Sisinio (in the parish church of Muronico, but in the territory of Argegno), first religious reference point for the community of Argegno. After having crossed the Cappella di S. Rocco, on the right of those who rise, and the last buildings, we enter in a wooded area, where to the wood, characterized by broad-leaved typical of this area, are alternated wide area where until the years Seventies some red fir trees have been planted, climatically out of the area. The side upstream the road layout, which becomes asphalted, is delimited by dry-stone walls or by rocks present in that place; the one in the valley, after a stretch with handrail and with the enclosures of some properties, becomes without protection. The edge in the valley is not protected, and delimites the steep gorge of the Telo torrent. A first bench, realized with a trunk is indicated by a wooden roadsign. “ I sosta acquedotto”; after about 100 metres, the road is laterally cut by a path paved with rocks. On the left, are visible some ruins of cabins and terracing; we arrive to “II sosta acquedotto” and after about 250 metres to the third stop under the rock, but not suggested because of the danger coming from the falling rocks. After about 80 metres, we arrive under the square of the Church of St. Ann dating back to the 18th Century: at this point we suggest to go straightforward , rising 25 low steps and enter the church square going through two pillars surmounted by pots of stone.

Informazioni

Departure place Argegno, Borgo S. Antonio, to the limit of the most ancient nucleus of the town
Arrival place-route type Argegno, Church of St. Ann
Route type Urban and tourist-excursion mixed route
Total length 1000 metres
Time on foot 30 minutes
Difficulty tourist-excursion; Uphill road, with the presence of steps
Rise 155 metres
Maximum altitude 410 metres above sea level
Paving material Asphalt, cement, cobblestones
Public means of transport used to reach the departure point No
Public means of transport from the arrival point Yes, see the website of  bus   and  Navigation Lake of Como 
Parking at the departure point No

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