A medieval curse and an exorcism with every meal
Isola Comacina is the only island on stunningly beautiful Lake Como. For centuries it remained uninhabited. It was abandoned after the destruction of its fortifications and buildings in 1169. One of the casualties of the wars between Milan and Como.
The island was on the side of Milan and following its destruction the Bishop of Como issued a curse which stated that the bells will not ring anymore and that anyone playing host on the island would suffer a violent death. Despite its magnificent location, centuries past before anyone was brave enough to challenge the curse.
Finally, in 1947, ignoring the curse three friends decided to build the restaurant, Locanda, on the island. One of the three lost his life in a boating accident and another was killed by his girlfriend. The remaining investor, Lino Nessi, was persuaded to continue with the project and a suggestion was made to hold an exorcism by fire.
To this day following an always superb lunch a bell is rung and the host of the restaurant gathers his guests around a bubbling cauldron. Guests listen as he tells the story, witnessing this exorcism by fire and imbibing the magic mixture. We may not believe in curses and exorcisms but something seems to be working as the restaurant has gone on to charm and delight thousands of visitors since it opened. Why not be one of them and experience it for yourself.
Just one of the many wonderful stories and experiences to be shared during our tour of Northern Italy.
Our boutique small group travel tour to Northern Italy in 2019 includes 8 days in the walled city of Ferrara and 3 days in Bellagio, the most beautiful town on the Lake. It also includes a visit to Venice to experience the highlights of the Venice Biennale. Perfect for solo travellers who will enjoy sole use of a queen size room with no single supplement. Not to be missed. Head to the tour page for full details of the itinerary.