A very long time ago the river Meria and the glacier Abduano decided to join their forces and, year after year, they moulded a true work of art: the river dragged down stones and gravels, while the glacier formed the moraine layers that have generated the current hills.
The result is a natural pedestal, which now proudly houses the town of Mandello del Lario with its several hamlets.
Located between 200 and 2,409 Mtr above sea level, Mandello is a picturesque small town in the province of Lecco in northern Lombardy, with approx. 11.000 inhabitants.
Thanks to the beautiful and varied scenery resulting from the union of lake and mountains, Mandello is a fully equipped sports resort, well known for the awards won by its Olympic Rowing Team.
Who loves the great heights can reach in about 3 hours the Pian dei Resinelli or face the demanding climb to the Grigne.
The town was founded by the Romans and the local historical events of the following centuries were troubled: in the Middle Ages it had the appearance of a fortress, continually disputed between Como and Milan.
The village soon began to cultivate olive trees and vines for internal use, while the hamlet Maggiana stood out for the cultivation of the white mulberry trees and the breeding of silkworms.
The silk was produced in the local spinning mill, now become a private home.
You can still re-experience the charm of the art of silk manufacturing visiting the Silk Museum Monti in Abbadia Lariana (5 km from the hotel).
During the 20th century, with the introduction of synthetic fibers such an activity has gradually disappeared and today Mandello del Lario is mainly based on the industry, although there are small natural, artistic and historic jewels to be admired that attract tourism both in summer and winter.
In terms of artistic and architectural point of view particularly fascinating is the low part of the village coasting the lake with its picturesque maze of narrow alleys, stone houses and a small pier.
Walking along the shore you meet impressive natural coves with small pebble beaches for those who want to relax in the sun and swim in the clear waters of the lake. Quite popular is the equipped public beach at the mouth of the river Meria.
The city center is full of interesting buildings, rich in history and tradition, such as the Church of San Lorenzo, founded in the early Christian period and restored in the 9th century and in the Roman era. On its side stands a high bell tower, built in the course of centuries.
The interior is enriched by works from the 17th century ascribed to Giacomo Antonio Santagostino and his school.
At least two other churches are worth visiting. The first one is the church of San Giorgio, located in the district with the same name, that dates back to the year 1000 and was rebuilt in the 14th century.
The only original piece left is a precious holy water with a geometric floral decorative pattern.
Inside you will be amazed in front of paintings from the 15th century preserved in the presbytery such as the Crucifixion.
The second building is the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Fiume (our Lady of the river) in Baroque style, with fine frescoes by Giacomo Antonio Santagostino.
As far as natural beauties is concerned, you can visit the Cave Ferrera, in the locality “Acqua Bianca” (= White Water), a huge cave that houses a small stream and a waterfall.
The entrance is on the edge of an old mule track, but inside the ground is muddy and the rock is full of crevices. Beyond Mandello there is the hamlet Maggiana, an evocative township with the atmosphere of a medieval fairytale.
In the centre there is the “Torre del Barbarossa” (= Barbarossa Tower), who in the 12th century had as a guest Emperor Friedrich I.
Now the building houses an interesting museum devoted to the farmers’ work that can be visited by appointment or during certain festivities of June.
Many events are organized in Mandello all year round.
In May a rich concert season begins in the hamlet of Maggiana, while July is completely full initiatives such as the "Palio" of the neighborhoods, the flea market, the Feast of the “Alpini”, the traditional swimming crossing of the lake and the festivity of San Lorenzo, the patron saint of the city, that takes place on August, 10th.
Moto Guzzi Museum
Not to be missed: a visit to the Moto Guzzi Museum, located in the heart of the historic factory that gave birth to the Eagle myth back in 1921.
In the museum unique pieces are displayed, such as the first motorcycle built by Carlo Guzzi in 1919: the only GP (Guzzi-Parodi) signed piece, along with motorcycles among the most celebrated in the world such as the extraordinary Eight-Cylinders 500 from 1957 created by the genius of Giulio Cesare Carcano.
For the organization of guided tours in times and / or days different from the opening, you can contact the Secretary of Museum. Tel. +39.0341709111
The weather is generally pleasant, characterized by cold but not very strict winters and by hot but breezy summers. The average temperature of January, the coldest month, ranges from a minimum of -2° to a maximum of 6°, while in July it goes from 17° to 28°.
From early summer to late autumn there is a long rainy season with more than 110mm average rain per month.