is a municipality of about 2600 inhabitants in the Province of Como, in Lombardy.
Lambrugo derives its name from “Lamber brug”, that means village of Lambro. The residential area, in fact, is places on a hill slope and at its foot flows the namesake river. Its great, urbanistic and architectural development is linked to Carcano family that built not only a castle, but also a female seclusion convent, destined to daughters of nobles from the provinces of Como and Milan. Today, part of it is used as municipal building; elements of the structure still remain remarkable, as in the external part, like the cloister, the opposite guest house and part of the church, as in the inside part, accessible only during particular events, as the party hall, now used as council room, with rib vault. Very close to the building is possible to admire the rounding green landscape, reaching the panoramic point placed near the ancient church. But is certainly the contact with Baggero Oasis, located on the board of the town, that lets a real exit from the urban context by virtue of the presence of a natural habitat cheered by two lakes.
CONVENT OF MONACHE BENEDETTINE
Reach Piazza Papa Giovanni Paolo II. The building could be admire only externally, walking on a circular route that lasts about 15 minutes.
CONVENT OF MONACHE BENEDETTINE
The Monastery of Santa Maria in Lambrugo represented one of the most important Benedictine monasteries of Monte di Brianza, with the others of Brugora, Cremella and Bernaga. The monastery, founded in XI cent. by the nobles of Carcano, was lived by few nuns, which initially did not respect the seclusion. Only in XVI cent., after the consecration of the nearby church, the ecclesiastic authority succeeded to impose the strong rules of seclusion to the nuns. For the tradition, the cloistered Benedictine nuns observed the rule of San Benedetto. After years of raids and intrusions, in XVII cent., the Monastery reached its maximum splendour, thanks to the annexation of several lands and the richness that those produced.
The Monastery of Santa Maria in Lambrugo became, in that period, residence for lot of daughters of nobles from Milan and Brianza who aimed to a monastic carrier. To testimony the importance of the Monastery, ecclesiastic documents took note of several visits of Cardinal Federico Borromeo in 1600. The richness of the Monastery permitted the construction of the peanut tower, that is today one of the symbol of the town.
The comfortable habits of the nuns, legacy of their noble origins, with the costs for the enlargements of the Monastery, brought it rapidly on the brink of bankruptcy. Only the foundation of the first free school for the habitants postponed the closure of the Monastery. This was only delayed: when, in 1798, Repubblica Cisalpina rose, all the properties of the religious structure were sold to privates. The Monastery was naked of its wealth as its religious functions. Only in XX cent. was restored a part of the structure for religious aims. In a part of the Monastery, Suore Giuseppine and then Figlie di Gesù di Verona lived there, but in 1967 the building returned to be unused. Today, a part of the old Benedictine Monastery is a property of the Municipality of Lambrugo, while the other one is private. It is impossible to visit the interior, but you can walk around the building, that alternates parts of the original architecture with parts of recent restoration.
PANORAMIC POINT FROM THE OLD CHURCH
Reach the panoramic place passing to via Volta and Via San Carlo. The walk has a duration of about 5 minutes.
PANORAMIC POINT FROM THE OLD CHURCH
The upper part of Lambrugo is a panoramic point from where you can admire the green lands those surround the town, and the mounts those frame Triangolo Lariano. Starting from the old Convent of Monache Benedettine, you have to get Via Volta and rise up the stone slope. Taking the right, ended the first set of houses, you can admire the first view of the countryside. Lambro river, the main river of the area, is hidden by trees. At the first fork, you have to get the left, continuing to rise. Following Via San Carlo, you arrive at the new church dedicated to Cardinal Carlo Borromeo, dated back to XX cent..
The church, with its majestic aspect, is divided into three naves with the same height. The entrances are three, set in archways which remain to the upper windows. In the church you can observe several frescos of Enrico Volontiero, as well as a marvellous bas relief, that represents the deposition of Jesus, and it was originally located in the Benedictine Monastery in the lower part of the town. The church of San Carlo is not the first one dedicated to the saint. An old church, realized in 1615 by the nobles Giussanis, was in fact placed where today is the oratory of Lambrugo, which has recovered the spaces after the deconsecration.
Exactly where the old church was, there is now a panoramic point and there you can observe the surroundings of Lambrugo. In the South-West countryside, which divides Lambrugo from Lurago d’Erba, there are Tenuta Pomelasca, Villa Sormani and other farmsteads which in the past served the noble villas. To the North you can also see the wooden mounts, as Cornizzolo and Bollettone, and the Lake Segrino, Pusiano and Alserio lay to the feet of them.
Start from via San Carlo, go down through via Don Mauri and proceed along via C. Battisti to reach the Oasis. The lath ha a duration of 20 minutes. It is permitted to enter with bicycle. The visit of the Oasis takes from one to 3 hours.
Like turquoise eyes wide open on the face of the forest, the two little lakes in Baggero turn the intense colour of their gaze up to the sky from their perfectly smooth surface.
The reflections of the rocks and the surrounding trees seem immortalized in a photograph that changes its features as you walk along the path.
The peace and tranquillity of this spot and its astounding views firmly contrast with its recent history.
The beds of these two water holes, in fact, were carved into the mountain to extract material for the local industries.
A brutal injury to a fragile land and an equally delicate ecosystem.
But once again water has proved to be the source of life and, springing up from the bottom of the quarry, has put an end to extraction.
Over the years, a natural oasis has been created and maintained offering scenery that seems cut out from a postcard from faraway places up north.
Conifers are lush and wildlife is quite rich on land, water and sky.
The most suitable path to walk through the oasis leads to the borders of the two ponds and winds by a sort of raised jetty where you can enjoy the serenity of nature.
The Cavolto water conduit that gives rise to the lakes has sometimes been highly polluted due to the bad functioning of the sewer system of the neighbouring town. Bathing is then forbidden.
Waiting for better times, a visit to this area is a must for the uniqueness of the landscape that offers unexpected scenery and colours.
HOW TO REACH LAMBRUGO
ASF Bus Service
C 46 Como – Merate – Bergamo
Trenord Railway service from Milano Nord Cadorna Regional Train R16 Asso – Seveso – Milano, stop at Lambrugo – Lurago d’Erba
From Como: get SP 342 in direction to Bergamo
From Lecco: get SS 36 in direction to Milan, then get SP 342 at Nibionno in direction to Como
From Milan: get SS 36 in direction to Lecco and exit at Nibionno to SP 432 in direction to Como
Discover Green Lands
Explore the Green Lands of Lake Como!
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.