As far as we are concerned, Brienno is the only destination better than Tuscany for some of us hopeless romantics. We don’t know about you but lakes, infinitely blue water and mountains do it all the time for us.
“Brienno is a typical Medieval hamlet tucked smack-dab between the lake and the mountains; it is dotted with typical little roads that retain its ambiance that whispers of history. The Church of Saints Nazaro and Celso makes for an intriguing visit – with its churchyard commanding an evocative view of the lake – as does the Church of Sant’Anna, one of the oldest churches in the Romanesque style.
A trip to Baradello, a couple miles from Como, should be on travelers’ to-do list. A tower and a 12th-Century castle stand in the hills, surrounded by the Spina Verde Park and fortified walls. The ancient monuments, the natural beauty and the panorama make this a highly-pleasant route. Baradello also lends its name to the annual Medieval Palio that takes place at the beginning of September; a typical knightly jousting contest between the various districts, it is actually staged in Cernobbio, an internationally-renowned touristic destination.” – Discover Italy