The Ravine of Bellano, a natural canyon overlooking the Como LakeAugust 20, 2014
The Ravine of Bellano is a natural monument located in Bellano, a town in the province of Lecco. It is a real canyon and it originated fifteen million years ago, through the thawing of a glacier and the erosion caused by the Pioverna creek. This river has in fact gradually dug a deep gorge between Taceno in Valsassina and Bellano. The creek itself protrudes from one side of said gorge, throwing itself at frightening speed into the void below. The roar resulting from the water crashing into the rock walls is deafening.
The Ravine is one of the most amazing places you can admire. You can visit it from the inside and that’s why it is so famous and magnificent. Artificial walkways were installed among the rocky walls, thirty meters high in the air: therefore, visitors are fully immersed in the canyon, trapped between sheer walls covered with moisture. The stream below is sometimes visible, while other times you can only hear the sound of water.
The path continues through caves and waterfalls, breathtaking views and lush vegetation, ending in a leafy and quiet area. Here stands a staircase that leads to a singular and distinctive overlook, from which you can admire a magnificent view on the lake.
Before leaving the place, however, is strongly advised to visit the House of the Devil, a building standing in front of the Ravine. This place is the scene of many sinister legends and disturbing tales. It consists of a curious tower, whose origin and function are still unknown, and it has four floors connected to each other by a spiral staircase. The name is associated with the mythological figures decorating the front of the top floor. It is said that satanic rituals and dissolute feasts took place inside this building.
The Ravine of Bellano is open daily from April to September from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM. From October to March it is open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM. You can also visit it at night during the months of July and August, from 8:45 PM to 10:00 PM.
The admission fee costs € 3, while the reduced ticket is of € 2,50. Discounts and other opening times can be arranged for groups.