Watchtowers, silk museum and beaches here you are in Abbadia Lariana.
Abbadia Lariana owes its name to a Benedictine abbey founded in the eighth century and then completely revised in seventeenth-century, whose very few traces are conserved in the parish church of San Lorenzo.
Abbadia has visible traces of its medieval past, that immediately greet the visitor coming from Lecco: the Torrazza or Torraccia, XII-XII century, is located on the wayfarer’s path (sentiero del viandante), quite at its starting point. The Torrazza was an important and strategic defensive point of Lake Como and its coast, in fact Abbadia hosted one of the oldest docking of the lake, while the others were in Mandello, Varenna and Limonta on the opposite shore. In the Middle Ages This area was protected by guard towers in Crebbio, nowadays still completely visible, and other two ones in Mandello in the fractions of Maggiana and Rongio. The one in Maggiana seems to be the tower of Frederick Barbarossa.
Abbadia also reveals its industrial past, especially textile manufacturing. Of the numerous spinning wheels the one owned by Monti family, built around 1869, was purchased by the city and after a long process of renovation and restoration now hosts the Silk Museum conserving historic machineries and tools. Not only history in Abbadia is waiting for you.
Do you love sun and beaches? Abbadia offers leisure time and many beaches where you can relax looking at mountains and be caressed by the gentle lake breeze. If you are a fan of kitesurf and water sports Abbadia is a perfect fit.
If you like to walk you can take the wayfarer’s path (sentiero del viandante) right here in Abbadia alternatively from the village of Borbino, where lies the thirteenth-century Church of San Martino, or take the path along the Val Monastero and reach Piani Resinelli.