Among the major attractions of the Comasco territory we can not fail to mention the Spina VerdePark, which we could define as an extension of more than a thousand hectares of area dotted with numerous sites of historicalinterest, archaeological and not Only. Among all the sites that we can visit along this large branch of routes, the most important, and the most representative, is the famous BaradelloCastle, which has become a symbol of the city of Como.
But let’s go step by step and get inside this archaeological and natural heritage. The park extends from east to west, starting from the Comasca plain and touching the territories of San Fermo of the battle, Cavallasca, Monte Olimpino and, of course, Como. In its northernmost parts, however, a large part of the park skirts the Swiss border.
The Spina Verde Park presents itself as a park full of history and natural paths, expertly mixing nature and culture. In addition to the Baradello Castle, the undisputed protagonist among the various sites present, it is necessary to remember that along all the trails you can admire sites of great historical interest, from the remains of the pre-Roman Como to the trenches dating back to the great war. Starting from the oldest history you can discover the testimonies of the first inhabitants of Como: the Celtic civilization of Golasecca. Proceeding instead in chronological order you also have the opportunity to visit the ancient village of Pianvalle,admiring the sacred area and the so-called “rooms” of living.
Going back to the most recent history, especially in the northernmost parts of the park, you will be able to admire what remains of the military fortifications built at the beginning of the First WorldWar.
The value of this park is not limited to the archaeological one; If you have no particular interest in visiting these numerous historical sites, nothing forbids you to walk the 13 main trails simply to take a walk in total relaxation. Spina Verde develops in fact among evocative vantage points, areas equipped for gymnastic scans and diningoptions.
Combining relaxation, fitness, and history, the Spina Verde park lends itself to being the ideal solution for an afternoon of culture, but also simply to spend a family day in total relaxation.
Without a doubt, Castle Baradello is the most important attraction in the park. Located essentially above Como, the Baradello offers the opportunity to enjoy a vast panorama ranging from the areas of Lake Como and Switzerland to the Valley of the Po, also reaching the Milanskyline. The construction of the castle dates back to the period of the high MiddleAges, approximately between the 5th and 7th centuries, but in 1127,at the end of the decade-long war between the free communes of Como and Milan, the castle and all its walls suffered extensive damage , essentially bordering on the demolition. The reconstruction and restoration of the castle took place from the alliance between Como and Federico Barbarossa, who from 1158 promulgated a plan to rebuild and reorganize the city and its walls. Further expansions were made in the viscountyage, until the castle fell into disuse in 1521 and Antonio De Leyva ordered its demolition, saving only the famous tower.
The last private property of the castle was that of Teresa Rimoldi,who in the absence of herodes decided to legally donate the castle to the city of Como.
Today, the castle’s new architectural layout makes it present itself as a “time tower“. Today the tower is used as a real museum, which collects inside the numerous artifacts recovered in the surrounding areas. The aim of the museum is to try to reconstruct as accurately as possible the history of the castle but also of the city of Como, ranging from the Roman age to the resurgence.
COSTS AND TIMES – ESTATE 2019
Guided tours of Castle Baradello will take place every Sunday until October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m., with the frequency of a guided tour every half hour:
0-6 years: free
7-14 years: 4th
Baradello By Night:
0-6 years: free
7-14 years: 6th
Reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spina Verde Park (guided tours):
0-6 years: free
7-14 years: 6th
INFO AND CONTACTS
Luca and the park guides are waiting for you!
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