Villa Cornaggia is located in Como at the end of Viale Geno in one of the most refined corners of the lake. The villa enjoys an excellent view on the left of the city in front of the buildings of Borgovico area, the Grumello, Cernobbio and on the Torno. Characterized by comfortable paths climbing on the mountain in the living rocks.
On the elegant house it is believed that once there were some Roman family mansions thanks to some epitaphs of the fifth century concerning illustrious Christians.
In 1790 the Marchesa Cristina Menafoglio of Modena bought the church and other annexed buildings used as Lazzaretto to build a holiday residence. The entire complex passed to the Marquis Carlo Cristoforo Cornaggia Medici who completed the renovation of the buildings. Giovanni, the son of the Marquis, had the entire complex demolished to build a new villa designed by the architect Giacomo Tazzini. In 1911 the Municipality of Como bought the whole park behind it and the lake promenade that starts from the square of the funicular, creating the municipal park Queen Margherita. A fountain, with a jet so powerful as to reach 45 meters, was conceived by engineer Renauslenghi in 1948. In 1950 the nearby beach and facilities of the Swimming Pool were renewed.
In 1630 the territory of Como, Lecco and Milan, the place was used as a hospital for the plague victims of the 16th century. Some houses with gardens and the church of S. Clemente were built. The only way to get there was via water because the road did not yet exist; were built of huts of branches along the banks when the hospital did not contain them anymore. The suspects were isolated and their houses seized; the donations from the noble and wealthy families provided for the sustenance of the blocks, purges and monks who served them. The archives show that the population of Como in 1632, the year when the disease was eradicated, came to halve.
Since 1999 villa Cornaggia has also been used as the main set of the “Vivere” soap opera, entirely shot on Lake Como. The soap followed by millions of viewers, tells the life, the intertwining, the betrayals and the power games of four families of Lake Como.