Journey to Cadenabbia
Peace, relaxation and natural beauty await in this charming Lake Como village
Life moves at a gentler pace in Cadenabbia, a pretty village on the western shore of Lake Como in Lombardy, northern Italy. And since Cadenabbia enjoys some of the region's most inspiring and unforgettable scenery, it's perfectly natural to want to relax, breathe in the fresh lake air and be slowly mesmerised by the view.
Cadenabbia's innate tranquillity and natural beauty has long made it a favoured resort for visitors and holiday makers, and particularly for those from northern Europe, but before the nineteenth century little existed on the site of the current village except for an inn called the Ca' dei Nauli (the 'Boatmen's House) from which the modern name reputedly derives. The inn, which originally catered for the tradesmen who delivered their wares by boat to Como's lakeside villages, eventually became a hotel for visitors for the area. Many early travellers were British and settled in Cadenabbia, forming a community and founding Italy's very first Anglican Church, consecrated in 1891.
For today's visitors the peaceful village of Cadenabbia is an excellent base from which to explore the highlights of Lake Como; the town of Como itself, for example, is a delightful fifteen-mile cruise away. But for those who appreciate the simple pleasures of unforgettable scenery, leisurely mountain hikes and messing about on - and in - the water, Cadenabbia offers much to enjoy.