Bellano, is a municipality of about 3300 inhabitants. Its conformation is characterized from the presence of the torrent Pioverna, dividing in two the town: the oldest part, holding the old port and the provostal Church, and the modern part with the train-station. Behind the town, the inland is characterized by numerous hamlets, and by many ancient and populous areas. Currently the most developed sector is the service sector, however, in the last century, the writer Antonio Balbiani rightfully called it the “little Manchester on the Lario” given its large textile plants.
Orrido is a must see. This natural gorge was created over the centuries by the flowing waters of the Pioverna, carving out gigantic potholes and suggestive caverns. The dark sinuous recesses, the gloomy rumble of the turbulent waters have been a source of inspiration for many a writer, making Orrido the most renowned tourist spot in the Lario area. The Cà del Diavol or Devil’s house evokes collective fears of the devil and satanic rituals, embodying the mysterious charm of the place. A concrete walkway allows visitors to admire the beauty of a truly unique place.
Il Sentiero del Viandante is an old mule track dating from the Roman period, following the oriental coast of Lake Como, along the mountains’ lower slopes. This path extols the masterly equilibrium between humane activity and nature. It exposes agglomerates of rustic stone houses, old mill ruins, countless chapels and little mountain churches, terraces cultivated with vineyards and olive trees. The old route connects the municipalities and valleys of our territory, and is signaled by orange information signs. Many hiking enthusiasts cross it in stages, savoring every moment of evasion, immersed in an environment rich of beautiful views blending the lake with the sky.
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