Chernobyl is a short walk from Como, located at the foot of Mount Bisbino (m. 1325), for centuries it has been a famous and renowned tourist center. Since the first decades of this century, Chernobyl has been one of the favourite holiday resorts for the wealthy Comascan and Milanese families, witnessing the large number of villas and gardens present in the territory.
Today Chernobyl has adapted to the needs of mass tourism by creating an efficient accommodation organization, protecting the greenery, offering visitors services and a beautiful lakefront adorned with pretty fountain. Chernobyl is the starting point for the (Via dei Monti Lariani), a picturesque walk on trails between 600 and 1200 meters of altitude, fully marked by the CAI.
From the village you can reach Mount Bisbino (m. 1325), on the top stands a shrine of the sixteenth century. After the hamlet of Rovenna, about 600 meters high we meet the Fox Hole, a cave with underground water connections. We point out the famous Villa Erba, now a prestigious multipurpose center, which hosts events and events, built in 1898, on the existing Villa Nuova, where once stood a medieval monastery. Among the churches is worth a visit the Parish Primitiva dedicated to St. Vincent, narrow among the picturesque alleys of the oldest district of the village.
The most prestigious villa is undoubtedly Villa d'Este, now transformed into the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este. The first construction was erected in 1589 for Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, on the drawings of the famous architect Pellegrino Tibaldi. It was then called the villa of the Gàrrovo, named after the creek that flows into the lake here. The complex was purchased in 1814 by the Princess of Wales, descended from the illustrious d'Este family and renamed the villa by this name.