La Crocetta: the routes of the War above Menaggio and Lake Como
The Belvedere La Crocetta is located on top of a hill above Menaggio from where one can enjoy a lovely view of Lake Como and surroundings.
From there you can also see the white line left by the ferry on the water: it connects the main locations on Lake Como.
Monte Crocetta was part of an important defence line built during the First World War. The strategic position above the lake, blocked in the valley, between Switzerland and Milan, has made this place perfect to build fortifications for defence. This line, named “Occupazione Avanzata Frontera Nord”, is commonly known as Cadorna Line (Linea Cadorna).
The routes, the paths, the trenches and the forts are completely restored, and now you can easily discover them. The Belvedere La Crocetta is easy to reach from Croce di Menaggio locality.
Our itinerary though starts at the opposite side of the main road 340 that connects Menaggio with Lugano. From the bus stop continue about 15 m on the main road then cross it and pick up the Via Wyatt in the direction of Menaggio – Cadenabbia Golf Club. At the beginning of the road you pass an ancient washhouse and after about 200 m you turn left into Via Pigato. After some bends the road ends and you continue on a cart track. Before arriving at the Crocetta you encounter some trenches.
Monte Crocetta is part of the great defence line called “Linea Cadorna“, built in 1915 along the Swiss-Italian border, out of fear of a possible offensive attack from the North. In the province of Como it extended from Monte Bisbino near Como across the mountain are of Val d’Intelvi along Sasso Cordona, Monte Galbiga and Monte Crocione and from there down to Monte Crocetta. The walkways have been restored and if you wish you can walk through them discovering the armored positions, the shelters for the troops and observation posts.
You then reach the little chapel dedicated to San Maurizio built by “Gruppo Alpini di Menaggio” to remember the soldiers that fell during the two wars. Inside the church, there are two frescoes of the local painter Buno Azimonti.
Below the church is a bunker that contains the Sacrarium where all the fallen soldiers from Menaggio are remembered. From the church you have a most wonderful of Menaggio.
Close by the church is the other view point called La Crocetta from where the view embraces the whole Centrale Lake area, the branch of Lecco, the Orobie Alps and to the North the Upper Lake Area and the Rhaetian Alps.
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