Menaggio is located where the Val Menaggina meets the Lake and where the Regina Highway divides, the western fork leading to Porlezza and Switzerland.
Its scenic location, its mild climate, its splendid lakeside promenade, lined with neat flower beds and centuries-old trees, attract many tourists who love to stroll through the old part of town and stop in the central square, with its picturesque shops and caf?s, the very heart of the town. The facades of many of the medieval buildings still bear traces of their original decorations.
What to visit
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peace in the Nobiallo quarter.
The Church of Saint Stephen
Villa Mylius Vigoni, named for its former owners.
Villa Mylius Vigoni, rich in works of art and surrounded by a vast garden was bequeathed to the Republic of Germany by the last owner in 1983 and today it is an important venue for cultural encounters between Germany and Italy.
Above Menaggio, there is a magnificent Golf Course for those who practice this sport.
From Griante to Cadenabbia you will find the Riviera of the Azaleas. In the Spring, gardening enthusiasts and nature lovers can visit the Villa Carlotta at Tremezzo to admire the sky-high azalea hedges in all their splendour.
Villa Balbianello is another popular tourist attraction. This magnificent villa was built at the end of the 18th Century by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini as a pleasurable retreat and is now the property of the ?Fondo Ambiente Italiano?, the Italian National Trust.