Gravedona ed Uniti is a beautiful town situated on the westside side of the lake and is a great base for exploring the northern section of Lake Como. The town is comprised of many subdivisions (frazioni in Italian); Negrana, San Carlo, Segna, Trevisa, Traversa and, following an act of fusion passed by Lombardy Region, the annexed former municipalities of Consiglio di Rumo and Germasino, included on May 16, 2011. It is approximately 40km from the town of Como and roughly 80km from Milan. In medieval times this town was the senior partner of the Tre Pievi (the Three Parishes), the other two being Dongo and Sorico.
There are some beautiful buildings to be found here one some of which are now occupied by the town council. The church of Santa Maria del Tiglio, built on the site of a 5th century baptistery, still shows sections of the original mosaic flooring. This church was constructed using black and white marble. Another church to visit is the Church of San Vincenzo, originally built in 1050 and rebuilt around the 17th and 18th centuries has a crypt dating back to the 6th century which has been preserved from the original building.
The small harbour of Gravedona has views across to the eastside of Lake Como. There is also a beach area (Lido) beside which you will find a centre where you can hire boats or alternatively sign up for some sailing lessons. Gravedona also has tennis courts and a football pitch for the more active holidaymakers. It is a great location for nice and easy cycling and walking routes.
Taking a leisurely stroll around the town you will find a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants or why not amble along the lovely promenade instead and marvel at the amazing scenery.