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Ossuccio and Comacina Island Lake Como

The village with a rich artistic and archaeological heritage overlooks the Zoca de l'Oli in front of the Comacina Island
Ossuccio Lake Como

The village of Ossuccio on Lake Como, rich in history, art and archaeology

Il village of Ossuccio it is rich in historical, artistic and archaeological evidence. Characterized by an excellent mild climate, its vegetation is typically Mediterranean and characterized by the presence of numerous olive trees. 

In fact, the town overlooks the “Zoca de l'oli” (oil basin), a bay that takes its name from the numerous olive trees that populate the area and that expert olive growers over the centuries have been able to exploit to produce a quality DOP EVO oil, which boasts the record of oil grown and produced further north in Europe.

Very suggestive and rich in history is the "pilgrimage" to sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso which, in addition to offering truly spectacular views of the surrounding area, constitutes a cultural and spiritual journey of absolute value.

In fact, the sanctuary, together with the Sacred Mount which hosts it, were declared a UNESCO heritage site in 2003. The path starts from the Sala Comacina cemetery, the intersection area with the Greenway del Lago di Como which comes from Colonno.

Of great historical-cultural value is also the church of Santa Maria Maddalena in Ospedaletto, whose Gothic bell tower is considered by many to be the very symbol of the lake.

© Photo by Chiara Montani by outside_city – Larius Way

The Comacina island, the island of Lake Como

In front of the bay, the only island formation of the Lario is reflected, theComacina Island, of modest size but rich in history, as told by the ruins of the ancient Basilica of Santa Eufemia, symbol of the medieval wars of Como.

From the shore of the lake the island appears rich in nature and offers a truly unique landscape with the possibility of taking wonderful photographic shots.

A visit along its gentle slopes offers a walk immersed in the typically Mediterranean vegetation.

© Photo by Gianluca Corradetti – Larius Way Creator

The spectacular Feast of San Giovanni

We recommend visiting the island in the period of June, the period in which the Lumaghitt festival on the occasion of Feast of St. John, when a spectacular fireworks display "sets the island on fire", recalling the fire set by the people of Como on 24 June 1169 to punish the populations of the lake who were aligned against the emperor Barbarossa. 

On this occasion the lake is illuminated by thousands of floating candles (lumaghitt), and everything is sublimated by splendid fireworks. In short, a show not to be missed!

How to get to Comacina Island

Near the medieval complex of S. Maria Maddalena and the Antiquarium, there is boarding with a private taxi-boat (shuttle service) for theComacina Island.

The transport ticket is not included in the entrance ticket to Isola Comacina park and is paid directly on board, €7,00 per person return, children up to 7 years free.

It is also possible to reach Comacina Island directly by boat Navigation on Lake Como, Isola Comacina stop.

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