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Festival of San Giovanni 2018


The Festival of San Giovanni with its spectacular fireworks, music show and solemn procession to the Comacina Island by boat is the most famous and unmissable event of Lake Como.

In this area of the lake, the shores form a sort of an inlet, right in the centre of which lays the Comacina Island, the only island of the lake. The village of Ossuccio spreads right in front of it, from along the shores up on the slopes of the surrounding mountains. This is how the Comacina Island becomes the stage where the fireworks display will take place, the waters surrounding it will be the parterre and the slopes of the mountains will become the bleachers from where to admire the show. Hundreds of boats and many steamers will position themselves in the forefront, in the bay right between the island and the village, illuminating the stage of this natural theatre.


Full Program

Saturday 23/06/2018
  • at 17:00 – Zoca de l’Oli, Loc. Ossuccio
    Lucia Boat Regatta in the space in front of the Comacina Island: traditional competition between typical boats of Lake Como. When the sun goes down: parade of lighted boats.
  • at 17:00Church of S. Eufemia, Loc. Ossuccio
    Celebration of the pre-Holy Mass at the Church of S. Eufemia in Ossuccio
  • at 19:00 – Public Park of Ossuccio
    Local food festival and dancing
  • at 22:30 – Isola Comacina, Ossuccio
    Great fireworks-musical show with symbolic fire of the Island and illumination of the “Zoca de l’oli” in front of the Island.
Sunday 24/06/2018
  • at 09:30Church of S. Eufemia, Loc. Ossuccio
    From the Parish Church of SS. Eufemia and Vincenzo, Solemn Procession for the Comacina Island on a boat with folkloristic groups accompanied by the historic “Vittorio Veneto” Musical Band of Tremezzo. Boarding on the boat departing from the Dock of Campo
  • at 11:00 – Isola Comacina
    Celebration of the Holy Mass in the ruins of the ancient Basilica of Sant’Eufemia
  • at 19:00 – Public Park of Ossuccio
    Local food festival and dancing
Saturday 07/07/2018

XXXVII Edition of the Festa del Lago di Varenna with local food festival, historical re-enactment of the “Landing from the Comacina Island” and fireworks on the lake.


Useful info

Road closure

The Statale Regina Road will be closed to traffic on Saturday 23/06/2018 from 20:00 to 24:00 in the area Argegno-Lenno. Alternative route: Argegno » San Fedele » Laino » Porlezza » Menaggio » Lenno.

After 20:00, transit will be granted to inhabitants.
For non-residents, access by car and motorcycle will be regulated by a special PASS issued by the Municipal Administration.

Shuttle Bus Service: Griante-Ossuccio

A free shuttle bus will be available between Griante and Ossuccio on Saturday 23/06/2018 from 19:00 to 24:00.

PASS: Typology
  • GREEN PASS: for those who have the possibility to park inside private property.
  • YELLOW PASS: for those who wish to park in the special areas reserved by the Isola Comacina Promotion Association (Minimum contribution € 5.00 per car or motorbike).
PASS: Time and place for collection
  • from Monday to Friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 at the ANTIQUARIUM of Isola Comacina (Via Somalvico – Loc. Ossuccio – Tremezzina)
  • Saturday: from 9:00 to 15:00 at the Municipal Offices of the former Ossuccio Town Hall

For further informations about PASS call these numbers:
+39 0344 56369 / +39 320 4637782

Operational Office of the Festival

The Municipal Offices of the former Ossuccio Town Hall will function as the Operational Office of the Festival on Saturday 23/06/2018 with a continuous schedule from 9:00 to 24:00.
Tel. +39 0344 56369 / Cell. +39 320 4637782

Night cruises

The Lake Como Navigation Service organizes Night Cruises to watch the fireworks show, starting from Como, Bellagio, Menaggio, Varenna and Tremezzo.
All the info at this link.


Historical notes about Isola Comacina

Isola Comacina and all the Lake Lario municipalities sided with Lombardy’s capital during the Ten Years War, begun in 1118 because of the rivalry between Como and Milan for the supremacy and control of the main communication line and alpine passes. Despite of two defeats, Milan conquered Como in 1127. Como, taking advantage of Federico Barbarossa’s expedition, joined forces against Milan. Isola Comacina was quickly invaded, burnt and destroyed in 1169. The island never returned to life and some survivors moved to Varenna, known as “Insula Nova”


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