Stage 3 – From Piazza Funicolare to the Chapel of the Nosetta
When you are in Piazza De Gasperi, take via della Madonnetta on the left of the station of the Funicolare Como-Brunate. This once was the only route available to reach Bellagio, given that the current road, called via Torno, was built only at the end of the XIX century. Our street is asphalted for the first stretch, and then becomes a stairway. In its last part, the panorama on the harbour and the city is more and more imposing. When you reach the summit, where the stairway meets Via Torno, you find the Chapel of the Nosetta, built in the XVIII century to satisfy a vow to the Virgin Mary. This point is called “La Nosetta”, because once was the site of a wood of walnut trees. The old cart road continues, but it is not accessible anymore, since it enters private ground. From the Nosetta you can regain directly the walk to Villa Geno by the lake shore, passing over the Chapel of the Nosetta and descending on the right the way called “Salita della Nosetta”. The stairway, very narrow, disconnected and a bit steep, without handrail, will bring you down to the lake in five minutes. You can also go back to Como descending via Torno, or, of course, go back on your steps in via della Madonnetta.
Starting point Piazza Funicolare (Piazza Alcide De Gasperi)
Finishing point Chapel of the Nosetta
Route description narrow cart-road, at first asphalted, than a stairway, asphalted again in the last few meters.
Total length 0.3 km
Walking time to cover the path about five minutes
Difficulty short ascent; direct descent to the lake on a steep and narrow stairway (optional)
Maximum height 228 m
Minimum height 207 m
Rise 20 m
Pavement asphalt, stone stairs
Public transportation from the finishing point: yes, see urban buses
Public transportation to the starting point: yes, see urban buses
Parking areas on the starting point fee parking places in Piazza Funicolare