Gravedona’s picturesque lakeside promenade with its renovated houses painted in Italian colours is a magnet for visitors. The municipality is aware of the importance of the place for the northern lake and therefore provides the necessary structures that tourists increasingly expect as well. A small supermarket on the shore road supplies guests and residents with everyday necessities, several ice cream parlours and many restaurants sweeten the stay. The economy of the village was originally based on fishing, agriculture and goldsmithing.
The highlight of the year is the lake festival on 14 August with the awarding of decorated fishing boats (Lucie) and a large fireworks display. For flower lovers, there is no way around Palazzo Gallio on Easter weekend, which can only be visited during events.
The old municipality of Menaggio is located in the middle part of Lake Como and offers an attractive lakeside promenade as well as a historic old town a little above and some hotels and restaurants. Menaggio can be reached by bus from Sorico and can also serve as a starting point for the boat trip to Bellaggio or Varenna, which are directly on the opposite side of the lake. There are also some beautiful spots in nature above the municipality.
The abbey is located on a peninsula in the north-east of Lake Como near Colico. In addition to the 13th-century monastery building and the monastery garden, which is well worth seeing with a good view of the west side of the lake, the monks also sell home-distilled schnapps, their own honey and other home-made goods.
The picturesque village of Piona itself is also worth a visit.