The views from S.Martino mountain is more than impressive! This was taken on an autumn Sunday from one of the terraces above the vertical cliffs of S.Martino. Stunning and breathtaking! THe best is to come on the days when there isn't much fog, when the visibility is high. All the efforts of exhausting climbing pays off once you have this sight in front of your eyes, and the serenity of the nature around you. Heaven!
(click on the image to see entire panoramic view - it can't fit inot this small thumbnail pic!)
Pizzetto, in Italian means the decorations that you find in the clothes, handmade by some grandmother. :) But in "mountain" language it means small/little peaks of rocks, and the path walking across and above it.
So, the first one of these pizzetti is a bit bigger than the others, and it is so strategic and isolated that its top was even chosen from ancient Goti populations to build some few houses and to control the valley of the lake, and the town as well, so that from there they could always see who was coming and from where, and they could alarm the village that was on the other side of the lake. And since there were no radios, the only way was lighting a fire, and probably they were doing it in the most exposed place of the flat head of the pizzetto.
On the path you will find small churches sometimes. There is one, quite big and visible from the town, but there is this other one, hidden in the mountains and only locals know about it. People stop there to make a break, relax and maybe pray as well. :)
There is this beautiful path called "Sentiero dei pizzetti" and it is very scenic, but very steep as well, most of the time you have to use the chains and climb the vertical cliffs! However, every effort pays off, because at the end you reach the mountain tops full of green meadows and pines, with impressive views! In the middle of nowhere somebody even managed to construct this wooden bench, to help the visitors admire the stunning view down on the lake (Lago di Lecco, part of Como lake).
When you climb Sentiero dei pizzetti path, you are obliged to use the chains, otherwise it's impossible to climb! Be very careful, but don't panic! :) The equipment is safe and checked on regular basis. But if you're afraid of the height, do not look down (although I think that if you are afraid of height you wouldn't be climbing Sentiero dei pizzetti at all, but anyway... Maybe a sudden attack of fright emerges!)
When you climb up, everything seems to be so small and tiny, and the boats on the lake seem like little bugs buzzing around! You can't even hear the noise! :)
But the view is still impressive!
Also, the area is very safe, there is no danger of rocks rolling down the mountains, because they are all well tied up as you can see on this photo.
The church inside is very modest and humble, but very beautiful. It's a shame that I don't know the name of the church, and not much about the history, sorry! As soon as I find otu i will update the pages! ;) In the meantime you can enjoy the peek inside! ;)
Lecco lies in between very high and beautiful mountains: Grigna, Resegone, San Martino... There are thousands of possibilities for hiking, mountain climbing, trekking or simply staying in the nature, with spectacular views! The paths are from the easiest to most difficult ones, there is a little bit of everything for everyone!
Sometimes it can be scarry to be lost among the high mountain peaks threatening from up above liek sharp teeth of a beast, but for mountain lovers it the utmost excitement, and if you are one of those, be sure that you'll have the best of the mounatin experiences!
Another close up of the impressive mountain chain, and the green ambience!
Dolomiti are said to be the most beautiful mountains of Europe, and I totally agree! The sceneries are surreal! The contrast between high naked greay peaks and exuberant green valleys is unforgettable!
A view on the lake from the top of the mountain Coltignone (1500 m), in Parco Valantino, just some minutes away from Lecco.
Pity that the visibility was not so good, as there was no wind and the air wasn't clear. But still you can see the Swiss mountains behind, and the lake Lugano.
Whichever mountain you climb around Como lake, you're guaranteed a spectacular view!
However, you can be unlucky and meet the "fog", which is not the real fog, but the "state" of air at that moment, that reduces the visibility, and thus prevents clear shots and full enjoyment in beautiful sceneries.
The cliffs can go down vertically for several hunderd meters! Down in the abyss you'll see the lake and houses, and it's really a mighty feeling to stand there on the top and look down...
Be sure to wear appropiate shoes! ;)
Skiing is very impressive in the mountains above the lake, but be careful of sudden abysses and avalanche! There are many people taking advantage the snow season so don't be afraid that you'll get lonely!
Along the path you'll find several interesting spots, like this cross that gets snowed in in the winter, but it's one of the landmarks of mountains above Lecco (especially if you see the next photo!), and perhaps one of the most photographed points.