Did you know that Mussolini was killed a few steps from Tremezzo and the most touristic locations of Lake Como?
Lake Como played an important role in the history of our country and was protagonist during World War II mainly due to two reasons: its mountain paths and local smugglers who knew them by heart were fundamental to rescue a number of Jewish families who found shelter in the nearby Switzerland.
But above all Lake Como was the theatre of the end of Mussolini and of the highest Fascist hierarchs: the town of Dongo, located on the north-western shore of the lake, is the place where Benito Mussolini and the fascist ministers were captured on 27th April 1945. They were all taken to the Town Hall to formalize the arrest and decide about their future: the hierarchs were shot in the lakefront square the following morning. Mussolini was shot in the small town of Giulino di Mezzegra, near Tremezzo, but the story of his killing is still shrouded in mystery.
During this tour, you will meet your tour guide in Dongo to hear about the town’s history and to visit the Museum dedicated to local partisans and to the facts which took place here in the last days of the war: far from being boring, the museum is a virtual and interactive journey into the depths of one of the most controversial pages of Italian history.
Thereafter, you will drive north for a brief stop in Gravedona to admire the amazing lakefront church Santa Maria del Tiglio and finally you’ll arrive to a local panoramic winery where the owner will be glad to lead you to a cellar visit and a thorough tasting of their wine production, coupled with local olive oil, cheeses and cold cuts.
The tour is only available privately with transfer including departures from Lenno or northern locations along the shore and from Varenna and northern locations along the shore. Other departure locations to be quoted as an extra.