The Via Regina used to be the route from Milan to Coira in Switzerland. It is an ancient trail that dates back to the Romans, and runs along the entire western side of Lake Como.
Our friends of Hiking Como Lake have explored the third and fourth sections: from Cremia to Dongo. It is easy to reach the path because it is very well linked to the main road and town centres. The mountain community website writes about all the trails of Alto Lario: Menaggio, Nobiallo (Menaggio) to Santa Maria Rezzonico, Santa Maria Rezzonico to Musso and Musso to Dongo.
Menaggio is a lovely town and the ideal starting point if you choose to walk the Alto Lario trail of the Antica Regina.
Nobiallo (Menaggio) – Santa Maria Rezzonico (San Siro), a walk following the signs to the old road will lead you from Nobiallo to Acquaseria, Sant’Abbondio and Santa Maria, which takes its name from the church of the same name, built by the Domenican Order between 1464 and 1474.
Near the church, between the cemetery and the Regina state road which passes along the lake, lie the remains of the walls of a late-Roman fortress (VI century A.D.).
Santa Maria Rezzonico (San Siro) – Musso: Departing from Santa Maria Rezzonico (near the cementary and the late Roman fortress) you need to hike in order to get around the tip of San Nicolao (altitude 251 m.) along a road which runs in wide curves in the chestnut groves and reaches the boundary between the Rezzonico and Cremia municipalities. This pleasant trail ends at the houses above Prato, facing the Valle delle Vacche (the valley of the cows), which can be crossed by a bridge.
At this point, the Regina itinerary continues along the mountainside on asphalted roads among modern houses. If you wish to hike further I suggest to read the full description of the section, here.
The climb proceeds from Il Vallone (Muncipality of Musso) before arriving at the church of San Biagio on the right, having proceeded through the localities of Colceno (Cremia), Camlago-Mianico, Bellera in the Pianello municipality and Campaccio (Musso). The trail continues in the direction of Genico and then allows you to reach the Giardino di Merlo (there is a splendid view from above), the ruins of the Castello del Medeghino and the S. Eufemia church.
Musso – Dongo: Even today, this suggestive trail remains unchanged. Along the route, there are still traces of both Roman and the more recent archaeology regarding the extractive activities of the Musso marble quarry.
Once we have reached Barbignano, our itinerary heads to the right towards the lake and the Dongo town centre. Just before reaching the town, our itinerary passes by the Roman church of Martinico, in whose interior is a very interesting fresco is conserved with Lombard representations of the Madonna della Misericordia, which dates back to between 1310 and 1315.
Once again, please read further info at http://www.lagodicomoelugano.com/en/itinerari/antica-regina/ and do not hesistate to contact us if you wish to organise a guided hike, we will more than happy to help.
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