Stage 2 – From Square Belinzaghi to the Giardino della Valle
Belinzaghi Square stands in front of the present Regina street; in the 17th century this was just a country road which led to the possessions of the Gallo Family, but with time it became the main road of Cernobbio, getting the name of Regina Street, even though the original Roman route in this stretch passed in a little higher terrain. The present Regina Street is one-way, an elegant and pleasant shopping street, flanked by many commercial and tourist enterprises which maintain interesting details of the Liberty style or of past periods, such as the “Albergo Giardino” building , built on the place where, at the end of the 18th century, stood the country villa of the Clerici family, enclosed by farmhouses and farmlands. We cross carefully Regina street where zebra crossings are (the crossover is regulated by a traffic light with no pedestrian call; it is important to cross keeping the back to the lake) and we reach immediately the Oratory of the Blessed Virgin of Graces, placed at the beginning- right side- of Monte Grappa Street.
Here, for hundreds of centuries, an ancient and sweet figure of the Madonna del Latte was worshipped; it was originally placed on the wall of the little chapel widened during the 17th century. We go up on Monte Grappa Street (asphalt pavement), on the side of the parietal walls of beautiful villas dating back to the turn of the 20th century and enclosed by neat gardens. After about 100 meters, we turn left in Plinio Street (asphalt pavement); we follow it for about 100 meters until we meet on the left side Luigi dell’Orto Street which, walking down 20 steps, goes to the entrance – on the right – of “Viale delle Rimembranze”. This alley, made up from the Ginko Biloba plants, with their typical fan-shaped leaves, was built in the past century on a terrain donated by the heirs of Luigi Dell’Orto in order to honor the dead major of Cernobbio. Going along the alley (with a gravel paving material) which develops on the back of the new parish church, we meet the cave of the Madonna of Lourdes, built in 1929 based on the project of the engineer Carlo Pediconi and we come out in Don Umberto Marmori Square (it is important to pay attention to the fact that the alley is closed by gates made of iron on the sides and a little bit further by a central chain which does not allow the access to cars). On Don Umberto Marmori Square, with a little fountain in its centre, stands the façade of the Church of The Most Holy Redeemer dating back to the 20th Century, built by Luigi dell’Orto, past major of Cernobbio, in order to remember its golden wedding with Elisabetta Lucca. Keeping to the left,
we go along the church facade and always keeping to the left, we go back in Luigi dell’Orto Street; we climb its twenty steps and, turning right we enter Plinio Street, whose road layout, up to recent periods, probably coincides with the “ancient Regina route” an important axis of Roman origins which connected Como with the central part of Europe. We crossover Monte Grappa street and walk up for about 300 meters, reaching The Ancient Centre of St. Andrew. Above the front door at 42 Monte Grappa Street, stands out a re-painted fresco showing St. Andrew (called “al Portello”) with in the background a lake landscape which reminds more the first basin of the Lake Como than the intended lake of Tiberiad. From this point we enter, on the right, Adda Street with a swoop; after a road elbow the route goes down (pay attention to the non linear asphalt paving material) for about 200 meters, coming out in the valley of the torrent Garrovo. From there, a few metres, on the left, a small iron gate allows the access to The Garden Valley, a narrow strip of grass all around the torrent bed realized by Lady “Pupa” Frati with perseverance and love in thirty years of work, consisting in draining of the public soil. We go up through the main path of the Garden (pay attention to the narrow path partially cobbled and partially unsurfaced, with many steps) going through a wooden bridge on the Garrovo torrent, in a green environment, pleasant and relaxing, where in spring and summer flowers with thousands of colours thrive. In some points benches and chairs are placed for a stop, beside nice wooden sculptures representing animals, created by the local sculptor Giosué (Giò) Aramini. The main plants are described by with appropriate ceramic signs with their common name, their scientific name and their place of origin. After passing by a little bog with marsh plants, it is possible to admire some plants dedicated from the City to the people born in different years, with special poems. We arrive to the toolbox at the end of the garden, where it is possible to get out of this delightful green corner through a wooden gate facing Monte Santo Street (cross with Path 2).
Point of departure Cernobbio, Belinzaghi Square
Point of arrival Cernobbio, Giardino della Valle
Route type Mixed, city streets and tourist-excursion paths
Total length Approximately 1000 metres, of which 200 metres inside the Giardino della Valle
Time on foot 20 minutes
Difficulty Tourist-excursion hill route; the route of the Giardino della Valle is partially cobbled and partially is an unsurfaced way; mostly made by steps.
Rise About 40 metres
Maximum altitude 250 metres above sea level
Paving material Asphalt, cobbled steps, dirt road, paved way
Parking at the departure point Yes, for a fee
Points of interest
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