is the destination
in our visiting tour on Lake Como. A list of destinations is available, each with an audioguide. We travel northbound, from Como to Piona.
Via Annetta e Celestino Lusardi
With your back to the waterfront, from Piazza Garibaldi you can see the street that leads to the church of Santo Stefano.
The origins of the church of Santo Stefano
date far back in time but countless restoration projects have resulted in extensive changes, not least in the building's direction: it now faces the opposite way to before.
The interior was frescoed in 1899 by Giovanni Maria Tagliaferri, a painter from Pagnona, a village in the mountains overlooking Lake Como. The altar is surrounded by 18th-century copper medallions depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary.
Above the altar, at the head of the left aisle, is a copy of a Madonna by Bernardino Luini, a Renaissance painter who was profoundly influenced by the work of Leonardo da Vinci. The original was handed over to the French at the end of the 18th century in return for the promise to move the Pretura (the local magistrate's court) from Tremezzo to Menaggio, and is now kept in the Louvre.