Highlights of this trip

  • To go up and down the thousand steps of the village
  • To admire Arche Andriano
  • To discover the church of Thomas of Canterbury
  • To admire Lake Como from a different perspective
  • To relive medieval atmospheres
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Best things to do in Corenno Plinio

On the Lecco bank of the Lario, Corenno Plinio, is a tiny village overlooking the lake, of medieval origin, is known for its thousand steps

Corenno Plinio is a tiny medieval-looking village built sheer above the Lecco shore of Lake Como. This sparse group of houses has about twenty inhabitants, only one restaurant (you can't eat without reservation) but has a centuries-old history. We are in one of the Lario villages little frequented by tourists, yet this is a place that deserves a visit. In addition to the beauty of the place, from here you have unique panoramic views of the Lario.

Post Creator Corenno Plinio, map of the village

Travel tips

The first piece of advice is to book at the only restaurant in the village if you intend to have lunch or dinner in the village, because it is difficult to find a place without it. Prices are average. Then arm yourself with a spare SD card because you can take pictures at will. Furthermore, this is not a tourist place (according to those who live there) even if enhanced it could become one of the most popular destinations in the area and as an alternative to Varenna. If you love kitesurfing, combine a visit to Corenno Plinio and then go down a few kilometers until you reach Dervio. At the height of the park near the marina, you can practice this sport. The wind is great.


Corenno Plinio was built on the foundations of a Roman settlement and owes its name to the consul Caio Plinio, a native of Como and who loved to stay here. Its history sees it as a protagonist as early as 1389, when the locality is mentioned in the Statutes of Dervio. It became an autonomous municipality in the 15th century, in 1791 it passed under the jurisdiction of Mano. But it is under the reign of Italy that it becomes common, first under the province of Como, now in Lecco.

The feature

There are two characteristics that distinguish Corenno Plinio, the Arche Andriano and the steps that act as streets of the village and that lead to the houses and to the small harbor on the lake. Frederick Barbarossa landed here and this event is still remembered with an annual celebration. The steps are all carved into the rock. Irregular, perhaps slippery in the rain, they create a beautiful effect among the houses adorned with flowers. For this reason today Corenno is known as the village of a thousand steps.


Post Creator Corenno Plinio, the steps of the village

Seen from the road that leads here, the village is preceded by Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, a cobbled clearing on which is the war memorial and the Church of San Tommaso di Canterbury

Church of St Thomas of Canterbury

Strange name for a sacred building in Italy. Dedicated to Thomas Becket, it is mentioned in the 13th century Liber Notitiae Sanctorum Mediolani. The construction could be traced back to the late Romanesque period. Outside it preserves the Arche Andriano and has a gabled façade with a worldly portal. The interior has ribbed vaults, while the apse we see was enlarged in 1795. The restoration works at the end of the last century have brought to light several frescoes.

Post Creator Corenno Plinio, the Andrian Ark leaning against the castle

On the external facade of the church there are the Arche Andriano. These are three works of Gothic sculpture by an unknown artist, probably from the 14th century. There are three sepulchral arks of the Andriani family, feudal lords of Corenno Plinio in 1200. They are buildings in marble, each with a particular characteristic. The one on the right side of the church portal is a monumental sarcophagus covered with a barrel vault and bears the inscription attesting to the burial of Giovanni Maria Andreani, in 1774. The second tomb is located on the left side of the portal has columns supported by two statues: a lion and an ox. The third monument, on the other hand, is leaning against the walls of the castle and the columns support a sarcophagus.

Post Creator Corenno Plinio, one of the steps of the village

Before visiting the toll booth, go down towards the pier and the belvedere and here you will discover the beauty of this small village with a thousand steps all carved into the marble and which make up the city streets. Outside the entrance doors to the houses, colorful vases full of flowers contrast with the color of the stone with which the houses were built and that of the steps themselves.

The pier and the belvedere

At the end of the stairway you arrive at the pier where the small fishing boats still dock today and along the way you will find yourself in front of an incomparable view of the Como shore of the lake.

Post Creator Corenno Plinio, the pier

The castle

Go up the stairs on which ancient villas and doors open up to the height of the castles . The structure has a quadrangular shape and rests on the rock. The first news of a fortress in Corenno Plinio dates back to 1040. The Andreani family is mentioned as a "castellana" in the statutes of Dervio of 1389. Ten years later Gian Galeazzo Visconti was Duke of Milan occupied the castle. Post Creator Corenno Plinio, the castle

Plundered during the passage of the Lanzichenecchi on the eastern shore of the Lario in 1629, the castle definitively lost all defensive functions. The internal space was also used for the cultivation of vines. During the 1800s the moat that surrounded it was also closed.

How do I get to Corenno Plinio

Corenno Plinio can be reached from the A4 Turin-Trieste motorway, Sesto San Giovanni exit, then continue on the SS36 to Dervio, and finally on the Sp 67 to the destination. As an alternative to the car, you can reach this village by boat on the Navigazione Lago di Como. The docking port is Dervio, then continue on foot to your destination

Where to stay in Corenno Plinio?

You can stay in the hotels or B & Bs of Dervio, this location offers several possibilities

Recommended tours in Corenno Plinio

There are no tours, this is not the classic tourist destination

Photography tips

Where to photograph?

Every corner of Corenno Plinio is good for taking fantastic shots. The pier and the viewpoint are two other unmissable points

My Camera

Panasoni Z1000

Is any special equipment needed?

I used a 200-600 zoom

Sightseeing tips

Which sights to visit?

The village is very small and can be visited pleasantly

Is there a fee to pay to visit some sights?

there are no paid access

When to visit?

This village can be visited at any time. If you want to eat at the only restaurant, you absolutely have to book

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