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11 – Discovering the Muggiasca gates

Historic-artistic itinerary for well-trained hikers, that can also be divided into multiple short and easier paths

In Vendrogno you can take the path towards Taceno until the mule-track that will quickly lead you to S. Sebastiano di Comasira: when you get there, you can have a walk among the village’s street characterized by the medieval style


Comasira – Inesio – Mosnico – Mornico – Sanico – Vendrogno


a) you can avoid the Comasira’s stop, directly skipping to Inesio on the IT.10 route; b) from S. Lorenzo (in Comasira) it is possible to reach Vendrogno on the IT.10 route backwards; c) from Sanico to Vendrogno on the IT.07 route.


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Discovering the Muggiasca gates (1)

Discovering the Muggiasca gates (2)

At the end of you village you will find, under a hidden gate, two marvellous gates; you may walk on via Cameroni street and continue towards S. Lorenzo: after overpassing the agritourism Ca’ Martino, you can take the path that goes through the olive and then the chestnut groves. When you reach the church, you can continue walking east way until Inesio, where you will find the preserved round gates. Over Inesio district, you can admire a lookout tower and its characteristic gate.

Leaving the village walking west way, you can meet with the SP66 route that will take you to Mosnico: here you can admire the trilithic window of S. Rocco church. Continuing up to the village, you will find the wash house that connect with the SP66 route, that you will cross again. The mule-track among the chestnut grove will lead you to Mornico: here there are several medieval gates findings. Dated back to 1600 there is the fresco of the Virgin with Saints on a large building. When you get to S. Bernardo you can proceed towards Sanico and, before entering the village, you may admire the marvellous monumental chestnut (already existing in the 13th century) under S. Giacomo. The gates of Sanico date back to 1700 and were built thanks to the remittances of blacksmiths emigrated to Venice.


Once you complete your visit of the village, you can reach Vercone square and then go towards S. Grato at the junction: here you’ll find a small church, famous for its statue in local Romanesque style dating back to the 13th century. You walk then downhill to Vendrogno, following the IT.08 route, where you can immediately notice how the buildings are set next to each other to constitute a fortress: its core was once known as Bruga. There are several round gates in different stone materials; especially the two frescoes at the beginning of the mule-track to Noceno are interestingly dated back to 1300.

You can continue on the main path inside the village, walking east way: after a short walk you will find the walls of a crossed-shaped house on your left, on the border between Bruga and Vendrogno.

Many of the gates you’ll meet on your path, are representing keys with symbols on them: the most fascinating is for sure the once at entrance of the building located near S. Carlo fountain (the symbol represents a Greek cross. It is also thought that this house once hosted a bishop that fled from Milano during the barbarian invasions.

Finally, you cannot miss the frescoed S. Antonio church that hosts the famous “Giudizio Universale” (the Last Judgement) dated back to the 16th century.

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