Brunate

Well known from worldwide tourism, Brunate is located on a wooded plateau dominant in Como. It is connected to the city  by a convenient asphalted road and from the  funicular railway, where the route reaches a 55% slope. The village  is called the "balcony of the Alps" for its panoramic position that allows you to dominate the city of Como, the whole branch of the lake, the plains and in the background, the Western Alps with Monviso  and Monte Rosa. Probably of Celtic origin, Brunate remained  always connected to the fate of Como. Because of its strategic location, that much wanted to Como,  it could never become independent

Two kilometers from the village there is St. Maurizio, a small suburb where you see the second basin of the lake. Not far away there  is the  “Cima delle Tre Croci”   Peak of the Three Crosses, where stands the  “Torre Ottagonale“ octagonal Tower of the “Faro Voltiano” Volta lighthouseIt was built in 1927 and it is  29 mt.  high; during the  night it emits a beam of light visible at a great distance. Continuing beyond St. Maurizio, the road continues to climb, reaching the square of the "Cao", where the asphalted road  ends; from here   many trails leave to the mountains surrounding, a long walk on a trail leading to Monte Piatto, at whose summit is visible the “pietra pendula” hanging rock, a boulder balanced on a slope; the walk to Monte Palanzone  is very attractive and  it is made  easier by refuges that are on the route. A less demanding walk (15 min.) is  to the  “sorgente del Pissarottino” - source of Pissarottino - .
ATTRACTIONS
Chiesa di Sant’Andrea –St. Andrew Church
The current building is due to sustained actions' in the XIX century. Inside: There are some  frescoes by A. de Passeri ( suddenly altered from unhappy restorations) of the XIV century and seventeenth century by  G.P. Recchi.
EVENTS
November 30: Patronal festival of S. Andrea. During the festival, on the last three days, there are some demonstrations and exhibitions' of various goods. Typical gastronomy and lots of fun.
Third Sunday of September: Festival  of St. Maurizio. The festival is  organized by  the Alpines men and it  is a great attraction, featuring  by nice games and competitions. During the summer, dancing evenings.
Before the summer takes place the Bulgarian Party, wanted by the Bulgarian Consulate in memory of the writer Penco Slavejov.

   

   Inside the Lighthouse

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