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  • Writer's pictureJennifer


If you don't know what to do during the weekends of October, here's a date for you to mark on the calendar: on October 7th and 8th, 2023, the festival Castagne, Streghe e… dintorni (lit. Chestnuts, Witches, and... Surroundings) will take place in Rovenna (CO).

piccola viuzza tra case a rovenna, como, addobbata per halloween
Street in Rovenna

It's a celebration that embraces the traditions and flavors of both Rovenna and, of course, Como. Initially, the Rovenna Sports Group created this event based on a main theme: chestnuts. Only later did the witches become "added" to it.

The objective was to connect with the Rovenna tradition: the local women were knowledgeable about healing herbs, and it's from here that the concept of witches originated. Another fundamental and representative aspect of the festival was the territory itself: hence the chestnuts, a primary source of sustenance.

So, once you arrive in Rovenna, what will you find?

A magnificent, festive characteristic village, adorned for the occasion, with performances for everyone!

Pentola di caldarroste
Roasted chestnuts

The witches will guide you to discover hidden corners and picturesque views. Market stalls will offer handmade crafts and gastronomy. The aroma of roasted chestnuts will tempt you throughout the day, and you'll also have the opportunity to taste the finest local dishes... not to mention the typical desserts!

For the little ones, there will also be storytellers and face painting, making their experience unforgettable!

To reach Rovenna and its event, there are two options: on foot or through a shuttle service departing from Cernobbio.

To book your entry or have more information, I recommend visiting the "Castagne, Streghe e… dintorni" website: It's a perfect opportunity not to be missed, a chance to get to know our magnificent region and tradition better, enhanced by this event for the past 15 years!


If you're not located near Como, we come to your rescue to offer you a relaxing stay in anticipation of the magnificent day in Rovenna.

Hotel Gardenia Fiera is the perfect solution if you want to stay close to the city but avoid the high prices and the chaos and traffic of the center, especially since we are less than 30 minutes away from Cernobbio!

But why staying with us?

First of all, because you can choose the most suitable room based on your needs:

  • The Easy Room is a simple room where space is not lacking; here, you will find all the essential services.

  • The Business Room is on the upper floors, spacious, and fulfills your needs for comfort, relaxation, and sleep.

  • The Premium Room is on the upper floors, bright, and pampers you after your days. It has several extra services such as the Nespresso coffee machine and a soft bathrobe.

colazione di hotel a tavola con latte macchiato, brioches, torta, anguria succo e cappuccino

And then, because after a beautiful day spent in the magnificent village, the MamaGina restaurant will be waiting for you with delicious and colorful dishes of Italian cuisine reinterpreted in a contemporary way by our chef Massimiliano!

Not to mention the breakfast with genuine products, such as the chef's red fruit jam and the incredibly soft homemade bread.

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