Like in other villages on lake Como, there’s a valley (Val d’Intelvi) behind Argegno. You could even think that the Valley itself stretches downwards to gain an outlet to the lake. What people see when they go for the first time to Argegno’s main square is a good portion of the lake. After the narrow shores of the first basin this opening in the perspective of the landscape comes as a surprise. Like a huge mirror lying there for the coquetry of the mountains above. Argegno can be seen either as the seventh riparian village on the west shore in Sorico direction or the first village of Valle d’Intelvi.

And if you take a look at people sitting outside the bars (particularly in the Summer) you may think they have stopped there for a rest before facing the ascent to the mountain villages and huts. During the last century (from 1909 to 1922) there was also an electric filovia ( trolleybus) leading up to San Fedele. Mountains, lake and of course a river (the often overflowed Telo) belong to this village. Particularly severe was the flood that on 7th August 1912 ripped open houses and wiped out streets. Two bridges cross the river Telo: one whose structure dates back to medieval times and the other, where the traffic of the “strada Regina” flows, which was built more recently.

There is a saying proudly whispered by the inhabitants according to which the person who crosses “ul punt vècc” (the old bridge) will never leave Argegno. During the centuries this same stream had been used to make a sawmill, five mills, a blacksmith’s forge, textile winders and spinning mills work. Nowadays there’s no trace left of the mills or the sawmill apart from some grindstones or some wheels on show in private gardens or in the village toponomy: Mills Alley or Mills Road. The forge with hammer, or at least what is left of its perimeter walls, is still visible offering a total ghastly vision. Vision which paradoxically recalls the dialect nickname of people from Argegno: “I sciguett”: owls.


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