Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s ‘A Traditional Lake Como Experience’ package allows you to participate in an authentic festival. As part of a weekend package, guests are invited to attend the local St. John Festival on Comacina Island. Following, they will be able to relax in the luxurious surrounds of the glamorous hotel.
The package includes:
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
- Two night stay in luxury accommodation of your choice
- Daily buffet breakfast served at La Terrazza restaurant overlooking the sparkling lake
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- The 25th of June: two way transfer in private boat from the hotel to the Isola Comacina with welcome cocktail on-board (estimated departure at 7.00PM)
- Traditional fireworks and music dedicated to St. John at Isola Comacina
The history of Comacina Island’s – St. John Festival
This festival takes place on Comacina Island, Tremezzo on Lake Como on June 24th, the day of Saint John the Baptist.
The origin and name of the Sagra dei Lumaghitt (Festival of the Lumaghitt) dates back to an ancient legend. According to legend, three centuries ago the area’s inhabitants liberated themselves from the dramatic hailstorms that every year in June destroy the harvest, by imploring the protection of St. John the Baptist and carrying out a solemn boat procession to Comacina Island, where a small church dedicated to the saint once stood. From that time on, the furious storms ceased. The procession is repeated every year, with accompanying festivities and nocturnal luminaries. Part of the tradition became to eat polenta and snails. The empty snail shells were filled with a drop of oil and a wick, and they became small luminaries, and from there came the name Lumaghitt.
With time, the fires ignited on the island and the floating rafts carried a further meaning. They serve as a reminder of the great fire of Comacina Island in 1160, when the inhabitants of Como, as a vendetta against the Comacini (people of Comacina Island, with whom the Milanese had joined in the destruction of their city in 1127), burned the island, destroying everything, including the nine churches that stood on the fortified rock.
Saturday June 25th 2016: Fireworks
The Lumaghitt begins at dusk, with fireworks beginning after 10 pm.
Sunday June 26th 2016: St. John Festival