The Priory of Piona is set on a quiet promontory on the banks of Lecco and bathed by the placid waters of Lake Como in the municipality of Colico.
The abbey stands on the edge of the Ogiasca peninsula which, stretching out into Lake Como, creates a magical inlet where time seems to have stopped in a period when silence is broken only by the waters of the lake breaking on the shoreline , from the song of the birds and the Gregorian choirs reverberating among the ancient walls.
The place was of decisive strategic importance, its possession ensured that those in control had the easiest access to the heart of Europe.
The origins of this place are lost in the Middle Ages when the first chapel dedicated to Santa Giustina was built. This was followed, centuries later, by the foundation of a priory with an abbey complex that belonged to Cluny and his reformist movement, supporting the Cluniac reform of the eleventh century, thanks to which the Abbey of Piona knew its development.
The architecture of the complex is Lombard Romanesque with French Gothic influences deriving from relations with the parent company, Cluny.
During a walk through the gardens of olive trees you can see the main church with a single nave ending in an apse with frescoed roof; the splendid cloister with arches and capitals finely carved with figures and allegories dear to Cluny; the apse from the double-glazed windows and frescoed in the vault with an almond enclosing a Christ on display with evangelical symbols; the ruins of the church of Santa Giustina, the chapter house and the views of the lake religion and nature merge into a mystical architecture.
Focusing on the details we can find the fine carved capitals. the lions that support the waterworks and the ancient frescoes.
Piona followed the fate of Cluny and the other priories by inexorably declining, remaining in possession of the Cistern priory from February 13, 1938.
The monks who still live in the Priory of Piona sell some natural and local products including medicinal herbs, cosmetic creams, honey, liqueurs and sacred objects.