DISCOVERING THE SECRET DISTRICT OF COMO
Along the lake, not far from the crowded Como funicular station, there is a small paved road that gradually becomes a staircase. Here is the heart of the secluded and unknown neighborhood of Nosetta.
These few steps are enough to catapult us into a different dimension from the Como one and to experience the muffled and fascinating atmosphere, typical of the lake villages.
The "charm" is characteristic of the places of the past, inhabited (in this case) by fishermen, boatmen and washerwomen. In fact, the itinerary is called "path of the washerwomen"; now become urban, it once connected the ancient church of S. Giuliano in Pomario with the Nosetta chapel on the ancient road to Torno.
The old mule track was the only one that led to Blevio until the nineteenth century, before the construction of Via Torno; a path that wound south-east, between the slopes of the Brunate mountain and the shores of the lake.
Its name is "Via della Madonnetta", due to the small chapel built on top of the road in honor of the "Madonna del Rosario".
Supplications and prayers to Our Lady continued also in the following century due to the cholera epidemic that invaded Europe in the 1830s ". The washerwomen of Sant'Agostino, exposed to contagion for their profession, marched in procession towards the Madonnetta, which would have protected them from the disease.
A vow that is still repeated today on the second Sunday of July - protector of all the operators of the lake.
- The left side of the lake in Como was also known as “Riva di brutt” (shore of the ugly ones), due to the longshoremen, robust characters not very accustomed to parlor language.
- On the ascent of the Nosetta there are indications of the floods of Como with date and height. Some are higher then 2 meters.
- It is said that at the end of the 1700s a ruinous landslide stopped right at the height of the Madonnetta, saving all the houses below.
- There are two ginkgo biloba trees in a private garden which are supposed to be planted at the time when the first villa was built on this side of the lake, 1820.
We can finally announce Nosetta's collaboration with Lake Como Design Festival, which led to the creation of a brand new limited edition clutch bag.
This year's theme is neo-nomadism, that's why we decided to make a clutch bag, an accessory for a modern "unstable" traveller, created to contain the essential elements of their world, both physical and digital.
Nosetta's mission is to offer a refined, functional and, above all, long lasting product.
Our socio-environmental responsibility is displayed in the production and the choice of raw materials. Our motto is "quality, not quantity", in fact our collections last all year round, we produce in small quantities and we do not stimulate unbridled purchases.
The textile activity of the territory of Como has a thousand-years history. Numerous archaeological finds, such as fragments of fabric, loom tools and rock carvings, show that the art of weaving in Como has developed since prehistoric times.
In the products of small family-run companies from Como you can read a centuries-long story that, through the union of tradition and innovation, continues to live and evolve.