In Como city you can see a wonderful Lake Como view from Brunate by Funicular Railway Como-Brunate.
Como, important for its geographical position between Italy and Europe and for its touristical activities, has had an increasing development of public transportation since the 19th century.
In the first half of ‘800 the service on the lake starts with a fleet of steamships; in the second half of the same century the railway tunnel of S. Gottardo is opened and Como is linked with Milan on one side and with Lucerne on the other.In 1894 the funicular Como-Brunate is opened, symbol of the public transport development in that period, when every centre in the Province was linked with the provincial capital through a series of public transport lines.
Funicular Railway Como-Brunate was the period of industrial development and the beginning of what would later become “mass tourism”.In 1911 the traction system is changed from steam to electricity.In 1912 the “cannon” is installed, firing a salute every day at noon (reactivated in 1994 after 20 years inactivity).
In the years 1934/35 the Funicular Railway Como-Brunate is completely revamped, including the total rebuilding of the Brunate station. In 1951 a further changing of vehicles is carried out.
Taking off from the Funicolar Station in Brunate there are some nice walks.
In a few minutes, you arrive at the Pissarottino Fountain with a panoramic sight of the lake Como and Monte Rosa.
From Brunate you can also go by foot down to Como,
There are 2 paths:
One following along the Funicular Railway Como-Brunate, the other, passes throught the woods passing by the Eremo S. Donato, an ex Convent of the XV century.
Another walk of about 3 hours in from Brunate to Montepiatto and then down to Torno, from where you can come back to Como by boat.
You can also go up to the lighthouse of San Maurizio and to the CAO, by foot or by bus.