Abbazia di Piona

Abbazia di Piona, Colico

Abbazia di Piona
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Ольга К
World17 contributions
This is exactly how an abbey should be like.
Aug 2020
This is exactly how you imagine an abbey. We were able to see the service while monchs were wearing red cloacks. Olive tree garden is one love
Written May 19, 2021
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marcinW
Wroclaw, Poland14 contributions
A chruch... with not particularly attractive views
Dec 2019
It's rather mediocre church, with some tiny pseudo-cave behind it and a closed-off park. There's a way down to the lake-side, views are nice, but you can get them anywhere else. Road to reach it is a poor quality stone.
Written December 30, 2019
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Ultimate Family Travels
Deurne, The Netherlands256 contributions
peaceful place
Nov 2018 • Family
the Abbazia is very peaceful, there is a little shop selling some very tasty teas an the view is beautiful
it isn't a must see, but it is a good place if you want some peace and quiet and you have a spare hour.
Written March 1, 2019
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EuroTravelCoach
Wooster, OH247 contributions
Nice walk to visit.
Sep 2018 • Couples
We walked to the church from Olgiasca in the morning and it was a very nice, peaceful hike. The church and the surrounding grounds are very beautiful and the setting on the lake is amazing. Some old frescos are very cool. Very peaceful visit.
Written November 17, 2018
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Beccy C
87 contributions
Go by car, it's quite a walk even if staying locally
Sep 2018 • Friends
Google maps stated this was 20 minutes walk from where we were staying in Dorio. It was actually a 1 hour 30 minute walk away, mostly on cobbles and up a steep mountain road. It was however well worth the walk as it is a beautiful peaceful place with quite a bit to see. Highly recommend a visit. Be aware the ladies toilet near the shop is a hole you squat over.
Written September 7, 2018
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Paul W
Eastbourne, UK2,063 contributions
Out of the way, but well worth the effort, an oasis of calm.
Jul 2018 • Couples
We were spending a day driving around Lake Como. We had read about the Abbey in a guidebook and decided to pay a visit. The drive to the Abby through a small village and along a cobbled road was very picturesque and when we arrived at the Abby car park around 13 00 we were surprised to see it virtually empty meaning that we had the place virtually to ourselves.

The trip is worth it for the location alone with views across the lake to the mountains beyond. But factor in the historic abbey with its medieval cloisters and sense of spirituality this raises the bar to a whole new level.

The site is not very large, but is worthy of exploration and if you chose you can buy honey or limoncello made at the Abbey itself.

Please be aware that visitors are expected to dress modestly and respect the sanctity of the chapel.

We found an oasis of peace in a busy tourist area.
Written August 10, 2018
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kenk
London, UK105 contributions
A Perfectly Lovely Spot
Jul 2018 • Friends
It takes almost two hours to drive here from Como, but it is worth every minute, assuming you have the constitution for driving on a two lane lakeside road for that amount of time. Still, it is a pleasant and picturesque journey whose payoff is considerable. The spot is one of the loveliest on the lake, as it turns out, facing a beautiful panorama of hills rising up from the lake salted with towns and villages in the typical terracotta to white colours of the area.

The place itself is a rare, nearly perfect Romanesque church and abbey that, at last, has been preserved in as complete a state as one could ask of a site almost a thousand years old. There are inoffensive modern touches in some of the decoration, and a wonderfully peaceful air inside the church itself (though I could have wished for real wax candles instead of electric.)

The grounds include an extensive olive grove and a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes, but the real payoff is at the lakeside down the cypress lined lane where the whole view of the northern end of the lake nearly overwhelms. Do go, take a picnic, and have a great time!
Written July 22, 2018
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ES12
Reading, UK538 contributions
Beautiful cloisters
Jun 2018 • Couples
We arrived by ferry, the walk from the boat to the abbey only takes a few minutes. However there are not many boats calling in each day, so you have to be careful timing your visit. We did not think that getting to the abbey would be so easy as our Rough Guide gave the impression that the boats arrive at Piona beach and that there would be a walk of 2.6 km. Both the cloisters and Romanesque church are beautiful. The lakeside grounds are very relaxing. The trip to Piona gave us the opportunity to see the Northern end of Lake Como where the mountains become higher.
Written July 11, 2018
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Flynfnp
Cross Roads, TX146 contributions
The Views!!!
Nov 2017
We were only in Colico for 24 hours so while my husband was working I drove from Colico to the Abbazia di Pione. The drive is not long (6-10 miles from town center) and pretty well marked. It is quite narrow as you are going through residential areas, so watch speed, my car alarm went off as another car and the one I was driving passed each other. As you near the abby, the road is cobblestone with incredible views of lake, I stopped on way out from the abbey. Once at the abbey, there is plenty of parking, I was the only one there (early November). The monks are silent and pretty much not around, I only saw one and he guided me to the Chapel area then disappeared. Walking around the grounds was so very peaceful with incredible views of the lake. The monks have beautifully landscaped the grounds to take advantage of all the views.
This is not a place to spend many hours unless you require that much quiet and reflection. I spent maybe 2-3 hours, looking and taking pictures. Loved it. The store was not open when I was there so could not buy products the monks were selling. I was interested their bee balms and herbal products since I make my own, maybe next time.
If you are in the Colico, Lake Como area and are looking for a quiet place to be with beautiful views, this is it.
Written January 29, 2018
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Robert V
Chicago33 contributions
It's an Abbey
Sep 2017 • Friends
Time.....slows.....down.....just as you enter the Abbey.
Well preserved. Well maintained.
A place of reverence, serenity and history.

Worth the visit, just to walk the grounds and enter into the courtyard and chapel.
Written September 26, 2017
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