Brunate is nicknamed “The Balcony of the Alps” thanks to breathtaking views that offer glimpses of the Po Valley,
all while being immersed among ancient churches and villas in Liberty style. The elevated position of the city is privileged with its 715 meters of height. Despite being a small town, the attractions are diverse and interesting to visit.
There are several religious buildings, all with an appreciable artistic interest. The main church is that of Sant’Andrea Apostolo XIV Century, patron of Brunate. Inside there is a pipe organ from 1827 and the relics of Maddalena Alberici. Other religious buildings are the churches of the Madonna di Pompei, of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of San Maurizio and the sanctuary of Santa Rita.
The town develops like a village, with narrow streets and several courtyards, including the “Corte del Castello” and the “Corte degli Ebrei”. Leaving the historic center, there are villas in Eclectic and Art Nouveau style, the most particular are “Villa Duca” and “Villa Calderini” with elements referable to various historical periods and “Villa Pirotta”, nicknamed “La Piccola Versailles”.
Brunate offers privileged panoramic points, above all from strategic points such as the “Voltiano Lighthouse”, located on Mount Tre Croci; every night the light is illuminated with the colors of the Italian flag. Other exciting views can be seen from the Belvedere in via Pirotta and from the churchyard of the church of Sant’Andrea.
There are many nature trails and trekking paths, ranging from walks to Lake Como to the route with the funicular that leads to the same capital.