val d'intelvi cosa vedere

Places to visit

val d'intelvi cosa vedere

Places to visit

In Val d’Intelvi there are certainly many things to do and see. Not only beautiful natural landscapes, but also history , art , and culture .

What to see in Val d’Intelvi

Many of the excursions available in the area are rich in historical elements , dating back to the First and Second World War . Furthermore, art lovers will be able to admire various churches and religious complexes . These architectural works are famous, in particular, for their enchanting stucco works made by the famous Magistri Comacini . Worthy of note are also the numerous works by Barberini , dating back to the second half of the 17th century, and the interesting frescoes from the 16th century.

For those who have the opportunity to move, a visit to the splendid cities of Como and Lugano , and to the wonders in the vicinity, is a must. Among these, we remember the Villa del Balbianello , recognized as a FAI heritage, Villa Carlotta or the Via delle Chapelle of the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site .

Museums in Val d’Intelvi

For those who wish to discover the history and traditions of Val d’Intelvi , we point out some particular museums .

  • Sacred Art Museum in Scaria

Reopened to the public after a 15-year restoration, the museum collects paintings, prints, fine goldsmith works and sculptures from all over the valley. Among the most important works, there are the cross “antelamica “of the XII century, the statues of Ercole Ferrata (the sculptor who joined Bernini in Rome, and who signed the central statue on Ponte Sant’Angelo), the portraits of Carlo Innocenzo Carloni, and the great apparatus for the Quarantore called”Paradisino “.

  • Intelvese Stucco and Scagliola Museum in Cerano d’Intelvi

Located in a wing of the Perlasca-Pinchetti Palace, this small museum documents the history of traditional stucco work to create religious decorations. Among these, the traditional “altar frontals in intelvese scagliola ” (decorative coverings placed in the front part of the altar) are first of all. This museum is unique: there are no other museums, neither in Italy nor abroad, dedicated to studies on stucco and scagliola.

  • Intelvese Museum of Fossils in Scaria

The exhibit of the museum’s fossil finds reveals characteristics of the living beings that populated the valley in prehistoric times. Inside the museum you will find important specimens found in the intelvesi mountains and in the surrounding areas, such as the giant conifers of Val Sanagra, the reptiles of the Gulf of Tetide di Besano, or even the Jurassic sharks and crustaceans found in Osteno d’Intelvi, such as the grandiose specimen of Ostenocaris cypriformis, and again the fossil leaves of Rè and the glacial Predators of Monte Generoso.

  • Ethnographic Museum of Peasant Civilization in Casasco d’Intelvi

Located near Piazza Paneè, the museum is housed in a suggestive rustic. The cultural heritage of the peasant civilization in Val d’Intelvi is preserved and handed down through a series of historical objects. These objects are divided according to the activity for which they were intended, and testify to the typical activities of the period, such as agriculture, breeding, cheese making, crafts and domestic life.

  • Milk Museum in Cerano d’Intelvi

The museum is located inside the Cerano dairy, and exhibits the ancient tools that belonged to the dairies of the valley, such as conghe, fascere, brentel, churns and a culdera (the traditional copper cauldron in the shape of an inverted bell, which was used to mix cow’s milk with goat’s milk). Part of the museum is dedicated to everyday objects used in the last century, such as a bed warmer, a scale, a sewing machine, and some elegant clothes, kept for special occasions in the early 20th century.

  • Donkey Invasion Museum in Dizzasco

Since 2011, the town of Dizzasco has begun to merge its folk tradition into art, giving the town the appearance of a real open-air museum. Walking through the streets of the town, you can admire permanent art installations, located in clearly visible places, and accessible to all.