Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy’s chapter on Lombardy and the Lakes has to say about Argegno:
Argegno is the departure point into the mountains on the Funivia Argegno-Pigra. The cable car makes the five-minute climb to the 860m high village of Pigra every 30 minutes. The views from there are marvelous. Argegno’s Locanda Sant’Anna has a handful of beautiful lamp-lit guest rooms and a rustic restaurant.
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
We had started the day in Milan and driven north towards Lago de Como taking our time along the route once we reached the south end of the lake. We drove in circles and circles looking for a place to park in Como and somehow ended up in the centre of the town where only people with special permits could drive. We took a chance and parked in the restricted area, but because it was a Sunday morning, no one was around to ticket or tow our car.
We continued driving up the west side of the lake and eventually passed the area where George Clooney’s villa is located. We’d read about the Locanda Sant’Anna and called ahead to book a room. It was almost dark when we arrived and somewhat misty so we couldn’t see much of the views of the lake that evening.
We decided to have dinner in the ‘rustic’ restaurant and didn’t find it in the least bit rustic. The meal was fantastic, the atmosphere charming, and the service attentive. I told the waiter I never wanted to leave.
I should have know better because the next day I woke up with a terrible migraine and fortunately for us, we were able to stay another night in the same room. As is usually the case, I was much better by 6:00pm, and we were able to eat dinner in the restaurant once again. I’m happy to report that the meal was every bit as good as the first.