Walk around the historic centre
The town of Menaggio has historically always been very important, thanks to its positioning on the water and its excellent trading routes. Today its city centre is easily accessible on foot, and you’ll have more than enough to see and do as you meander your way through the cobblestone streets.
If you’re looking for souvenirs to bring back home Menaggio has numerous boutique shops, selling all sorts of interesting items including handmade local shoes, wooden carvings and home accessories.
Historically, there’s a lot to discover during a holiday to Italy. The Church of Santa Marta is located right in the centre of town, a 17th century building with fascinating paintings displayed inside. Via Castellino da Castello is the oldest part of Menaggio and is where you’ll find the enormous perimeter walls that once were the border to an ancient castle, now sadly destroyed.
Hiking and cycling adventures
Hiking trails around Lake Como have always been a popular outdoor excursion. Menaggio seems to have a monopoly on these, thanks to its natural beauty, rugged setting and excellent facilities. Whether you are a novice hiker who just wants to enjoy the view, or a professional looking for another challenging climb, there is always a hiking trail waiting for you in Menaggio.
The hike to Park Val Sangara is a family favourite, and an easy to moderate trail full of interesting sightseeing spots including several churches, chapels, hamlets, villas and patrician houses. The hike up Monti Di Nava is a steep ascent and takes around four hours to complete. This is a more challenging trail, but it’s well worth it, for the jaw-dropping views over the Menaggio valley and Lake Como.
Another great way to explore the beautiful outdoors in Menaggio is to check out one of the numerous cycling tours. Bikes are available for rent, or if you’re a keen cyclist you can bring your own. Climb up the Ghisallo Pass and visit the only church in the world dedicated especially to cyclists, Madonna del Ghisallo. Madonna del Ghisallo was named the patroness of cycling, and at the peek of this mountain you’ll even find the World Cycling Museum.
Golf enthusiasts get ready, Menaggio is home to the second oldest golf course in Italy. The Menaggio and Cadenabbia Golf Club is an 18-hole course, designed in the British style and stretching almost 6,000 yards. After playing a round or two head to the golf clubhouse and enjoy a meal in their elegant restaurant overlooking Lake Como. This golf course is also known to be visited by a few celebrity-status guests, including George Clooney himself.
If you’re not an avid golfer but still enjoy putting around, you can visit the Minigolf di Menaggio. This crazy golf course is well maintained and offers a shaded spot under large overhanging trees. It also has fantastic views out towards Lake Como and is a great way to spend a few hours with the whole family while holidaying in Menaggio.