is a municipality of about 1300 inhabitants in the Province of Como, in Lombardy.
LAVATORY AND MILLS
LAVATORY AND MILLS
The stone tank is completely covered, where women immersed and strongly washed clothes and linen. The women of the town, helped by their husbands or young men, brought the clothes to wash at the lavatory. When they arrived there, women greeted to men and continued through the countryside or along the bank of the lake. Today, following the same route, you can reach Giardini del Lago, where you can admire, not only the pure nature of Lake Alserio, but also another important point of interest of the town: the Mill. Completely restored and operative, today it is used with a didactical aim. The building is dated back to 1860, but the wheel was joined only in 1895. It is totally made of cast iron and it has boxes which are filled up of water that gushes out from an underground spring. The wheel, for its weight, does not use the flow, but just the water weight: filling the boxes in the upper part of the wheel, this one rotates and makes an half rotation. Started up the mill, cogwheels, pulleys and belts begin to work and they transmit the movement to the heart of the mill. The last step is the flour milling. Part of the energy produced by the mill was used also to activate pumps for bringing water to Villa Tassera.
End the day’s work, men went back to their homes with the flour. There, they found wives and mothers who took care of the house. After giving the rough flour to the animals, the rests were used for cooking polenta. The pure part of the flour were held for Sundays, when the family brought back together and tasted fragrant biscuits!
GARDENS AT THE LAKE
GARDENS AT THE LAKE
Starting from the centre of Alserio, in few minutes you can reach the Lake banks and start to walk around it. Lake Alserio is characterized by a nature that seems to keep and guard the banks. As soldiers to defend their king, long lines of reeds stand their spears to protect the Lake, while a carpet of lilies seem a Roman defence to keep pure the surface. The typical game to throw stones on the water is almost an injure to this strong protection of Mother Nature. To testimony of the power of nature on this place, a story talks about Barbarossa, while he was breaking out to Montorfano Castle, he lost the way through reeds and marshes and only his faithful squire saved him from the water. The naturalistic evidences make rare the natural accesses to the lake. Walking along the banks you can find five old docks, where fishers left at the dawn to return with nets full of perch. From XIII to XV cent. there was the obligation to the inhabitants of Alserio to give to Milan Market more than 90kg of fresh fish, during the Lent, every Fridays. For this reason in that time there were lots of boats sailed from the docks.
Opposite of the docks there is the Centre of Environmental Education “Bambini di Beslan” of Casin del Lago: it is the best way to discover the biodiversity of Lake Alserio. Thanks to the laboratories and didactical activities, kids can know flora and fauna which live in the lake and in the surrounding, also by thededicated electrical boat.
The most important lesson to teach to the new generations is: the nature is not only a place to visit, but it is our home and so we have to learn to respect and protect it.
WALK INTO BUERGA
WALK INTO BUERGA
the naturalistic route of Buerga starts not far: it is well indicated with cartels witch describe to the visitors the characteristics of local flora and fauna. Following your senses, it is obvious that the trial flows into an unconventional environment. Everyone has strolled in a mountain forest knows the typical smell of ground and musk. The wood of Buerga has a different fragrance: to the cortex and the leaves are also summed the wet scent of water and lilies. This mixture becomes more particular thanks to the pungent smell of wild garlic which ties the trial, highlighting the route with its star-shaped small white flowers.
During the excursion you find two impressive trees: a poplar and a willow which seem to control the life of the forest. The variety of flora and fauna of this place takes the visitor to another change of the nature, from the secular trees to a static pond. In its apparent static nature, the pond is full of life. It is the natural habitat of different species of animals, as amphibians, rarer because of their fragility: the presence of frogs is an example of an unpolluted environment.
If you want give up the main path, the wood is a maze. After the mule track and if you get a trail into the wilder forest, you can easily return on the main path following the slopes to the lake. The trail branches to the lake and to the Centre of Environmental Education “Bambini di Beslan” of Casin del Lago, place created to teach to new generations the value of the nature of this area.
HOW TO REACH ALSERIO
ASF Bus service
C 92 Erba – Orsenigo
Trenord railway service from Milano Nord Cadorna Regional Train R16 Asso – Seveso – Milano, stop at Erba then continue by C92 bus service in direction to Orsenigo
From Como: get SS 342 in direction to Lecco
From Lecco: get SS 36 in direction to Milano, until to exit at Como/Erba
From Milano: get SS 36 in direction to Lecco and exit at Nibionno SS 432
Discover Green Lands
A Project by
Comune di Erba capofila, Comune di Albavilla, Comune di Albese con Cassano, Comune di Alserio,
Comune di Eupilio, Comune di Inverigo, Comune di Lambrugo, Comune di Lurago d’Erba,
Comune di Merone, Comune di Montorfano, Comune di Orsenigo, Comune di Ponte Lambro, Comune di Pusiano,
Sistema Turistico Lago di Como, Lariofiere Como Lecco, Confcommercio Como.
The project “Distretto dell’Attrattività Turistica Expo Green Land” is born thanks to the Regional DDG “Distretti dell’attrattività turistica e commerciale” 14 July 2014. Project n. 52574412.