Nesso: The Most Charming Little Village in Italy


If you’ve not heard of the quaint, charming little village of Nesso, let me tell you about it.

Nesso sits on the lush and steep banks of Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy, with a population of 1302 people. It’s a beautiful, quiet village to visit if you want a taste of an authentic Italian community, untouched by tourism.

But I think photos speak louder than words in this case.


Getting there

The C30 Bus line (the blue Como-Nesso-Bellagio line) regularly serves Nesso. It comes through about once an hour in each direction and has three stops in the town. The ferry and boat service on Lake Como does stop at Nesso. However, because the town is so small, only the slower ferries with many other stops provide service to Nesso.


Things to do

You need not more than a day to explore this village, although there is accommodation available if you’d like to stay longer. The main attraction is the island itself, and it’s like hitting the jackpot for photographers. Walk and explore the beautiful cobbled walking paths, the Ponte Roma (the Roman bridge) with stunning views of the waterfalls and lake, and the castle.

If you’d like to wine and dine, head over to Tre Rose or Trattoria del Porto. I recommend booking in advance if you’d like a seat on the terrace for Trattoria del Porto (pictured above) to enjoy the views.