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A different Lake Como

Lake Como is a well-known location. Why do not take the opportunity to find out something more about its place in history?

Summer week-ends on the lake are a wonderful opportunity to get in touch with people, lifestyle and glamour moments of this side of Italy.
Lake Como could be really more than this. Visitors only need to be informed and start exploring this region following different paths.
Instead of pool parties and “aperitivo” moments, I’m going to describe you the Historical Paths of Lake Como.

As far as Italian history and WWII are concerned, Lake Como was a very crucial crossroad because of its proximity to the Swiss border.
In April 1945, little villages such as Dongo and  Mezzegra played an important role in the Italian civil war for freedom.

For this reason, starting from Spring 2014, it is possible to follow 4 new paths that lead visitors and tourists through the last period of WWII in Italy. Tourist office in Dongo could be the best starting point for a trip like that. There it is possible to find brochures and suggestions, in order to decide with paths to follow.

Dongo is a charming and still village beside the lake, with narrow streets and houses of many colours.
It’s quite difficult to understand that this is the place where Mussolini was arrested  and where he spent the last days of his life.
One of the paths proposed by Lombardy Region is the one that follows the last steps of the Italian former Dictator.
Another path carries people through woods and mountains, telling stories of partisans and common people.

That kind of routes are a good opportunity to mix history and nature together, discovering this area with different steps, emotions and thoughts.


I'm a Italy lover, mom of two, living in central Italy and I love travelling. I have a degree in Tourism economics and management and now I'm a consultant helping businesses working in tourism.

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