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Esino Lario stepped out of Varenna’s shadow and gained world-class popularity when the Wikipedia community chose it as its conference center in 2016.

What to do and see in Esino Lario

Esino Lario is a quaint, mountain town up in the hills above Lierna, and Varenna, small villages just past Lecco.  It has lovely walking paths and gorgeous views of Lake Como and the surrounding Alps. The buildings are mostly rustic stone mountain chalets with groomed wild flower gardens and there are antique churches such as San Giovanni Battista, San Vittore,  and nearby the charming chapel, La cappella di San Pietro in Ortanella.

There is a 2km  Fitness Trail with exercise stations running through forest, meadows and hills. The trail is marked with different colors indicating level of difficulty: yellow and orange – easy, red and purple-intermediate, and blue and brown- advanced. Read more about the Esino Lario fitness trail

Walking La Strada del Viandante -or translated as “The Wayfarer’s Road” , an ancient path once used by merchants, clergy, and soldiers, which winds through the hills and mountains above Lake Como. If you love walking it’s fantastic! It is recommended to do a section at a time or if you are inclined, you can do all 45 km! Read more on the Strada del Viandante

In Esino Lario, don’t miss the Museo delle Grigne, a tribute to Antonio Stoppani, Italian geologist who studied in depth the geological formations and history of these pre-alp territories during the mid 1800’s. The museum holds a vast collection of minerals, fossils, and documentation as well as an extraordinary collection of Italian butterflies.


Esino Lario is close to Varenna as well as the city of Lecco, where you can find restaurants, pubs, and shopping.

Vezio Castle, Varenna

Vezio Castle, Varenna

Take a visit to the Castello Vezio Castle, Varenna, read more



Take a day trip to Lecco, read more


Orrido di Bellano

Orrido di Bellano

Take a trip to see the gorgeous  Orrido di Bellano, read more

Villa Serbelloni

Bellagio, Villa Serbelloni

You can also plan a day trip to Bellagio, read more


Accommodation- Hotels, B&B Esino Lario


Varenna, Lake Como

Esino Lario has some local accommodation:  Holiday Home Ontragno, The Centrale, The Cacciatori and The Cainallo – but rooms are go quickly so you could stay nearby in Mandello del Lario at the Hotel Albergo Grigna , Mamma Ciccia B&B or in Abbadia at Contrada Lunga (Abbadia Lariana).

Varenna has upscale hotels and is a charming and romantic little town, the perfect place to mix business with pleasure. The Hotel Royal Victoria  or the Hotel Villa Cipressi are excellent choices.

Lecco  Hotel Lungolago is a 10-minute walk from the Lecco Train Station.

How to get to Esino Lario


From Linate or Malpensa airports take the airport bus or train (Malpensa express) to Milan Centrale train station, then take a train on the Lecco-Tirano-Sondrio line and get off at the Varenna-Esino station. There is a bus service up to Esino Lario.
From Bergamo Orio Serio airport go to the Bergamo train station and get the train to Lecco. You will have to then change to a local train to Varenna-Esino.

See times and order train tickets at Ferrovia dello Stato (State Railways)
Note: You must validate your train ticket or else you risk a fine.   Validate tickets with the time stamp machine at the train track or ask a train official.



SS 36 to  Lecco, exit at Lecco Valsassina -take the SS 36 up to Ballabio, then toward Taceno up to Cortenova Valsassina. From there follow the signs for Esino Lario (a beautiful, scenic road).


Book hotels in Mandello del Lario, Lierna and Varenna


Top of the page featured image: by Carlo Maria Pensa, Archivio Pietro Pensa, Wiki Commons


This article was originally titled: Wikimania is coming to Esino Lario Lecco June 24-26 2016

In order to preserve the information about Esino, it was edited.

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Description of the Wikimania event from wikipedia:

Wikimania Esino Lario

Wikimania is the annual conference celebrating Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects with conferences, discussions, meetups, training and a hackathon. Hundreds of volunteer editors come together to learn about and discuss projects, approaches, and issues.

Join us in Esino Lario, Province of Lecco, Lombardy Region, Italy, on June 22–23,  (pre-conference), June 24–26, 2016 (main conference) and June 27–28,  (post-conference) 2016


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