5. Romanesque architecture in Ossuccio

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Duration: 1.30 h

Cost for the guide:
€ 85,00 / max 30 people per guide

Antiquarian Museum entrance ticket not included:
– Adults/Groups: € 2.00


Inside the ancient Hospitalis de Stabio, a complex of buildings that during the Middle Age gave shelter to pilgrims and travelers that crossed the ancient Via Regina, it is possible to visit first the Antiquarium of the Comacina Island, dedicated to “Luigi Mario Belloni and Mariuccia Zecchinelli”, the museum where are set the archaeological finds and artifacts which derives from different sites of the Comacina island and the territory of Ossuccio.

Through the exhibition of the most significant finds revived from the archaeological excavations – fragments of architectural decoration of those buildings that are now disappeared, and several inscriptions of the Roman and early Christian periods, frescoes that decorated the ancient churches, and more than 200 objects of daily use (ceramic dishes and vases, fragments of glass goblets, coins, work tools and ornaments objects) – it is possible to follow a route of mystery and antiquity, with the support of the guide that sets out with the aid of information panels and an innovative multimedia equipment (video screen, iPad), that give a deeper analysis of the past of this territory, which had a crucial importance during the past, still subject of study.

Then visit of the medieval walls and the church of S. Mary Magdalene, known for its architectural elements in typical Romanesque Como style, for the portions of frescoes of ancient period and the curious bell tower in pseudo-Gothic style that is recognized as an important element – symbol of Lake Como.

Crossing a stretch of the main ancient communication way, called Via Regina, it is possible to reach the St. James church, characteristic for its location on the lake (the two arches that support the building are on the lake) and the bell tower. The church dates from the X to the XII century, like the portions of the frescoes inside the structure, which probably belong to a cycle of biblical scenes. It’s still well visible the fresco of S. Christopher.

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