Griante is a municipality in the province of Como, Lombardy, Italy. It belongs to the Comunità Montana del Lario Intelvese. The municipality owns the lakefront tourist center, the fraction Cadenabbia.


Griante is located on the western shore of Lake Como, about 25 kilometers north-east of Como between Menaggio (north) and Tremezzo.

The nearby towns are: Menaggio, Grandola ed Uniti, Varenna ( LC), Plesio, San Siro, Tremezzo and Varenna on the opposite side of the lake (LC) and Bellagio.


The name is from the Celtic Griante Griant - tir ( land of the sun ) originate, which could indicate a foundation in 500 BC. Gold coins and other devices indicate Roman inhabitants. Is mentioned first documented settlement 383, when he, the Bishop of Como relics of Saints Nabor and Felix confided that he should have received from St. Ambrose. In the 15th and 16th centuries it was hit during the religious wars between Spain and France for supremacy in Lombardy among the excursions of mercenaries ( Grisons, Lutheran mercenaries ). In the 19th century, travelers, artists and aristocrats had discovered the place. Stendhal describes the place in some passages, The Charterhouse of Parma. The music publisher Casa Ricordi had a villa there (Villa Margherita ), in which Giuseppe Verdi, several arias from La Traviata composed. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow devoted Cadenabbia several poems. Queen Victoria, Tsar Nicholas II, Emperor William II, Prince Umberto of Savoy spent their holidays there. Konrad Adenauer came every year.


Sanctuary of San Martino

Castle of Griante

The parish church of Cadenabbia di Griante could have been that church, which was built in the year 383, to accommodate relics of Saints Nabor and Felix. The present church dates from the 16th century and contains a 1597 -created by Alessandro Maganza canvas painting depicting the Assumption.

The pilgrimage church of San Martino was probably built on the site of a Roman watchtower.

In the castle of Griante died in 1521 Giovanni del Matto from Brenzio, who began a career as a mercenary and was then notorious as pirates.

The Villa Collina is the most famous building in Cadenabbia. Here, where the end of the 19th century still stood a medieval tower, Konrad Adenauer spent his holidays.