Menaggio and Nearest
In the old city centre you can visit the church of S. Stefano, built in the eighteenth century upon early roman buildings. Inside it has a nave and two aisles, frescoes by Tagliaferri, important paintings from the Lombard and Flemish school, while the altar is surrounded by 18th century copper medallions.
Walking along via Calvi you find the church S. Marta, where you can see on the façade the first century Roman memorial plaque of Minicio Exorato. Above the ruins of the ancient castle you find the church S. Carlo, then you can visit the Sanctuary della Madonna della Pace, built in 1659 to celebrate peace in the Pirinei.
The castle of Menaggio dates back to the 10th century . It was completely destroyed in 1523 by the Signori delle Leghe Grigie and today only the to towers, the walls and the bridge are left intact.
On the slopes above Menaggio, in the little village of Loveno you can visit Villa Mylius, that was bought in 1829 by the German entrepreneur and banker Enrico Mylius, that enlarged it and enriched it with his painting collections. che la estese e la valorizzò con le sue collezioni di opere. Today it’s seat of the German-Italian cultural foundation and stands out overall for the rich artistic elements, for the wonderful rooms and for the beautiful park, that forms a frame of natural beauty: orchids, hundred-year-old trees and exotic plants form a unique atmosphere.
Only a few kilometres away are the little villages of San Siro, Sant'Abbondio e Santa Maria Rezzonico in a characteristic landscape of rocks and slopes and the Sasso Rancio. Here Villa La Gaeta is worth a visit, that represents a mix of styles, with two striking towers overlooking the lake.
Menaggio also offers several trekking routes, like the one that starts from Loveno and goes through Sanagra Valley. Otherwise you can leave from Breglia (797m), taking the road for Plesio, and in two hours you can arrive at Rifugio Menaggio, 1400m; from here you can take various beautiful hikes on the Prealps.