Nesso is a picturesque little village made up of the hamlets; Castello, Vico and Careno and is situated halfway between Como and Bellagio. The houses here are grouped together and line the lakeside as well as being dotted around the steep slopes.
There are remnants of Nesso’s past as once being a fortified town during medieval times as you can take a walk to the see castle ruins; destroyed by Francesco Sforza during the war against condottiero Giangiacomo Medici. It is not possible to go inside as it is closed to the public (please remember that the terrain is very steep in this area.)
A spectacular sight to see in Nesso is the gorge. The streams of the Tuf and Nosè that flow through the village descend the Pian del Tivano and then join to form a waterfall that plunges magnificently down into the gorge. The best view of this amazing natural feature is from standing on the old Roman bridge known as the “Civera”. However to get to the bridge from the road you have to walk down approximately 300 steps. Alternatively you can take a boat trip or even hire your own boat and pass underneath the old bridge to see the waterfall.
There are some fantastic views across the lake from Pian di Nesso which sits at a height of approximately 900 metres and if you wish to continue further on your hike, you will reach Monte Palanzone and Monte San Primo.
Nesso also has some lovely churches that are worth visiting; medieval church of San Pietro and San Paolo, the Romanesque church of Santa Maria which is in the hamlet of Vico and the church of San Martino in the hamlet of Careno.