“Singular”, “bizarre”, “original”, “picturesque”, “lively”, “thrilling”: tour guides have used a wide variety of adjectives to describe the bell tower in Ossuccio, in the municipality of Tremezzina, Como.
Built at the end of the 12th century, the tower is next to the Romanesque church of Santa Maria Maddalena, which used to be part of a xenodochium – marked by a representation of a Saint James of Compostella scallop shell – and also served as a leper hospital. In the late 14th century, the Late Gothic brick belfry was added.
Just like the tour guides’ authors, seeing it spire strikingly against the mountainous backdrop of Lake Como might leave you looking for the best words to describe it.
Ossuccio is located in front of Isola Comacina, a small strip of land just half a kilometer by 200 meters, in the western branch of Lake Como.
The hamlet is also home to the fourteen chapels and 230 Baroque statues of the Sacro Monte of the Mysteries of the Rosary, a 17th-cenruty structure now included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.