One of the most characteristic attractions of Como is undoubtedly the funicular that joins Como to Brunate.
Brunate is a small village with about 1,800 inhabitants, that stands on the peak of the mountain of the same name at a height of 715 metres above sea level. It became famous between the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a holiday resort and developed quickly in a tourist sense thanks to its magnificent
panoramic views, healthy air and excursions to the mountains behind. From this golden era, remain
many noble villas in eclectic and Art Nouveau style.
A first panoramic viewpoint can be reached on foot from the funicular station in just a few minutes
following signs for “Belvedere”. From here there are spectacular views of the city of Como and its grid of perpendicular streets of Roman origin, the lake basin, the Po plain and part of the Alpine chain (above the Mount Rose group).
Brunate is also an excellent starting point for some fairly easy walks. The first we’d like to mention leads to Volta Lighthouse in about 30-40 minutes. In S. Maurizio, it is a “symbolic” lighthouse built in 1927 to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Alessandro Volta and offers breath-taking panoramic views of the area.
From Piazzale di S. Maurizio you can continue towards the CAO club and beyond along the trail known as the Dorsale del Triangolo Lariano. Another beautiful and easy walk leads from Brunate, beyond the sports field, to Mount Piatto.