This series is part of a project investigating an old main road, the “Strada Regina” (literally “Queen Road”), which leads along the east coast of Lake Como. It was historically part of a long stretch of road, which, since the Roman age, had brought forth a commercial link through which the Lombard tradesmen maintained business relations with the merchants beyond the Alps.
Today, the “Via Regina SS340” (State Road no. 340) is a traffic-jammed coastal road, which, starting from the city of Como, hits Ponte del Passo (Municipality of Gera Lario), the most northern point of the lake, for a length of about 60 km, following some stretches of the old commercial road and sometimes running parallel to it.
— Fabio Tasca, Como, Italy