is a municipality of about 5500 inhabitants in the Province of Como, in Lombardy.
S. GIOVANNI CHURCH
S. GIOVANNI CHURCH
Its bell is unmistakable for Lurago inhabitants and its imposing presence is a solid point of reference. The bell tower dedicated to the fallen soldiers in World War I stands right alongside the elegant church of San Giovanni (St. John) and a few steps away from the charming Villa Sormani, which seems to spring into the sky if seen from outside the gate.
A magnificent setting rich in history. The hilltop looks more like a pedestal supporting a spectacular cluster of buildings. But this is not the only lovely view visitors can enjoy.
Walk through a small wooden door and make your way up to the old staircase (fear not, everything is absolutely safe), to reach the top of the tower. You will find yourself in a very large squared space. It looks like a penthouse, it was not for the ceiling featuring two large bells.
Looking out from each side of the tower you can enjoy the view of green hills at 360 degrees. Mountain ranges stand out north and cut the horizon with their jagged peaks.
From such a height you can also admire the distinctive architecture of the neighboring towns, such as the dome of Villa Rotonda in Inverigo and the gardens of other aristocratic mansions scattered around the country.
Losing yourself in the infinity of these views is incredibly easy, but remember to keep an eye on your watch! Bells tolling at such a short distance are definitely not a soft way to wake up.
And yet that room hides a secret no one can expect. It is, in fact, the office of a world-famous design artisan, Enrico Fumagalli. No crystal desk or minimalist décor. Only straw, dust and a chair.Or rather, many chairs, each one different from the other. The old wooden one is where Enrico sits while working, while the others are all his brainchildren.
Such passion has led him straight to prestigious exhibition centres and to the most successful design exhibitions. It is just incredible to think that everything originates here. The silhouette of its creations is an unmistakable trademark, as well as the quality of his craftsmanship. Wicker weaving takes places between these four walls. Outside, the typical setting of a traditional farm with a vegetable garden and green grasslands around the hill. Some goats graze under the shade of fruit trees and, all around, the wonderful view of the small nearby villages, surrounded by woods and green meadows. Time goes at a slower pace here, it seems almost to stop. The city frenzy is distant, and time is set only by the shadows of trees stretching at sunset. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city you can indulge in a relaxing break on the soft grass carpet, learn the art of patience and admire superb masterpieces unique in the world of manufacturing production.
POMELASCA AND RED CHURCH
POMELASCA AND RED CHURCH
The countryside that divides Lurago d’Erba and Lambrugo, in particular Pomelasca locality, bring you directly in the heart of the paint. The difference is the source of red: not poppies, but cotto bricks of Red Church, that overlooks the slope that divides it from Villa Sormani. The stunning villa is placed between trees, as the building of Monet’s masterpiece. The Red Church enters perfectly the surroundings, thanks the linear Romanic style used in 1952 by Ambrogio Annoni architect. In the small bell tower, soared to the sky as the surrounding trees, there is a bell dated back to 1330, casted in Como and it came from the ex-monastery of San Genesio. Not far from the Red Church there is also Sormani Property, with its farm buildings, property of the Sormanis since 1786. Walking through the countryside, as Camille e Jean, you can go to the Villa. Along the route you can admire the farmsteads those, in the past, served Pomelasca. Near the face of the palace, you can only image what kind of beautiful view you could enjoy from the upper windows. The Villa, built by Conte Alessandro Sormani in 1783, reminds to the typical Occitan style of villas with parks.
In 1808, the extern part of the noble house was modified by Carlo Amati architect, bringing it to a Neoclassical style for Conte Cesare Sormani. With the surrounding farm buildings connected to the main one, Villa Sormani encloses a gorgeous Italian garden, with its face and main entrance. If you have walked from Pomelasca to Villa Sormani during the afternoon, going back to the same route is worthwhile; during the sunset, you can see another paint: from the red of the Monet’s poppies, through the Red Church, to the warm sun that goes down at the orison, till totally disappears into the night.
HOW TO REACH LURAGO D’ERBA
ASF Bus Service
C 91 Lurago d’ Erba – Cremnago
C 46 Como – Merate – Bergamo
Ferrovie Trenord from Milano Nord Cadorna Regional Train R16 Asso – Seveso – Milano, stop in Inverigo and continue by C45 bus service in direction to Como
From Como: get SS 342 in direction to Lecco
From Lecco: get SS 36 in direction to Milan, until to exit at Como/Erba
From Milano: get SS 36 in direction to Lecco, exit at Briosco. Continue on SP 41 in direction to Lurago
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.