The small town of Laglio is situated on the westside of Lake Como and is famously known for housing Villa Oleandra bought by the actor George Clooney in 2002. However there is more to this quaint little town than just being a holiday residence for celebrities.
Roman origins of the village have been confirmed by a gravestone which was found at the beginning of the century. In past years Laglio and Brienno formed one community from 1928 to 1948.
The Church of San Giorgio located in the piazza of Borgo di Laglio was built in the 16th century and contains stuccowork by Stefano Salterio of Como (18th century) as well as paintings and sculptures from the 17th century. In the cemetery in Laglio there is an unusual monument dating back to the 18th century in the shape of a 20 metre high pyramid which is a tribute to a German doctor. You can also visit the large bear cave known as Buco dell’Orso in Italian, where bones of the cave-bear were found in the 18th century (the skeletons of these cave-bears can be seen in the Museum of Natural History in Milan as well as in the local Townhall). It is possible to walk through this cave for aprox 150 metres which will then bring you out onto the slopes of Monte Colmegnone (at a height of 600 mts).
Laglio is an excellent place for walks along by the lakeside as well as up into the surrounding hillside. The slopes that rise above Laglio are covered with vineyards, olive groves and laurel plants.