Day trip in the peaceful and quiet Brunate: travel guide

By 27 June 2016Blog

Funicular-ComoYou can reach Brunate by funicular to live an unforgettable experience. The funicular (piazza Alcide De Gasperi 4) is easy to reach in 5 minutes on foot from Piazza Cavour.

The trip on the funicular takes you only 7 minutes and you will have the possibility to take wonderful photos of Lake Como and Como from above. Don’t forget to take some photos of the funicular, since inside it is liberty-style. For more information about the timetables, please visit

Once in Brunate, make sure to take some time to admire the wonderful and breathtaking panorama: Como, the lake, the Alps with the Monte Rosa and the Apennines. Oh, what a marvelous view…and what a tranquility! That is why Brunate is called the balcony of the Alps. Take some photos or a video and obviously, why not, a selfie from the panoramic terrace that you can reach in one minute from the funicular. Brunate landscape

By the way, do you know the origin of the name Brunate? There are different opinions about it: one says that the name derives from the term Prunear, which means “country which was born among the plums trees”. Another opinion adfirms that it derives from the Celt Brunear, which means “mount at the east” and the last one tells that it derives from the Germanic term Brunnen, which means spring (in fact, there are several springs pouring in the territory).

Brunate church

Don’t miss a visit to the main church of Brunate, Chiesa di Sant’Andrea (piazza della Chiesa 2): the façade is Renaissance-style while inside you can admire several frescoes, especially the ones of the dome.




Then, from the church, a pleasant but bit difficult 40-minutes hike will lead you to the Faro Voltiano (fraction San Maurizio. Opening hours from April to September: from 10.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday). You can decide to climb its 143 steps and admire Lake Como from its top or to simply seat on a bench and relax yourself while taking photos and selfies of the scenic panorama.


If you have a little child or you don’t like walking, bear in mind that on Sundays there is a bus leading you from Brunate to the lighthouse. Otherwise, you can reach piazza San Maurizio by car.Lake Como from Brunate

You can also admire all the liberty-style villas of Brunate by following the specific signs.

Brunate is the perfect spot to escape from the frenzy and to have a day of total peace, relax and tranquility.


In Brunate there are many restaurants and pizzerias, and also a polenteria

At La Polenteria (via Scalini 66), polenta is the queen of the menu. Try it in all its variations! Opening hours: from 7.15 p.m. to 10.30 p.m on Friday, from 12.15 to 2.30 p.m. and from 7.15 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Reservation is recommended.


Obviously, there are also some bars to have an Italian espresso.

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