The place hasn’t changed much since may last visit years ago. This unspoiled lakeside village is perhaps one of my favourite place to spend the day while enjoying breathtaking views over the lake and mountains.
Take stroll along the many winding alleyways of this picturesque lakeside village at the foot of Monte Bré and get a glimpse of the 14th century Church of Saint Vigilio. There are also some lovely restaurants and coffee shops where you can relax and enjoy the typical ambiance of this unspoiled place.
There are many ways to come this charming village but the best is by taking the boat that takes you around the lake and stopping at some places such as the Cantine di Gandria where you can visit the costume museum and maybe have lunch along the lake at traditional grottos – these are typical outdoor eateries popular with locals.
Gandria was known for its olive oil and for decades olives trees were seen along its charming lake shores. But it wasn’t till the beginning of the 18th century when a very harsh winter destroyed all the trees ending the olive trade. Today once again the olive trees of Gandria are being replanted along the banks of the lake which has now become part of the region’s attraction. Initiated by the “Friends of the Olive tree” an association in collaboration with local institution for Archeology and preservation of Nature these trees once again grace the shores of Gandria. The Olive Walks starts from either the village of Gandria or from Castagnola and from eiother ways one can enjoy the breathtaking walks along the shores alongside descriptive panels of the olives and its historic importance in Gandria and the region. In the village itself various species of olives used for oil production have been replanted since the 1999 along the old terraces once home to the olive groves of Gandria. If most of the trees have disappeared there are some that still remain such as the one found on the boat pier called “carlin” named after the owner who planted the tree at the beginning of the last century which has now become part of the village treasure.
Enjoy the Olive Walks ….