"Brienno is a typical Medieval hamlet tucked smack-dab between the lake and the mountains; it is dotted with typical little roads that retain its ambiance that whispers of history. The Church of Saints Nazaro and Celso makes for an intriguing visit - with its churchyard commanding an evocative view of the lake - as does the Church of Sant'Anna, one of the oldest churches in the Romanesque style.
A trip to Baradello, a couple miles from Como, should be on travelers' to-do list. A tower and a 12th-Century castle stand in the hills, surrounded by the Spina Verde Park and fortified walls. The ancient monuments, the natural beauty and the panorama make this a highly-pleasant route. Baradello also lends its name to the annual Medieval Palio that takes place at the beginning of September; a typical knightly jousting contest between the various districts, it is actually staged in Cernobbio, an internationally-renowned touristic destination." - Discover Italy