About Us


Please note that the church is closed in the winter and services will start again in April 2011, follow our weblink above. For Christmas services, the nearest Anglican Churches are in Lugano, St Edward the Confessor and Milan, All Saints. Please contact their websites for service times including midnight mass and carol concerts.

The church is located right opposite the Cadenabbia ferry landing station on the Western lakeshore of Lake Como, see Map. The nearest town is Menaggio.

Sunday Service is Holy Communion at 10.30am, conducted in English, from April to October.

Afterwards refreshments are served outside on the patio. The congregation is a mix of permanent residents and international visitors.

Services are conducted by locum chaplains from the worldwide Anglican community who will be resident in the village. The locum list for 2011 will be published in Q1 2011.

Wedding Blessings

The Anglican Church in Italy cannot perform legal marriage ceremonies. However, couples are welcome to have their civil marriages blessed in the church. The Church of the Ascension continues to be in great demand for wedding blessings from couples from all over the world due to its beautiful location, together with excellent accommodation and reception locations in Villas and local hotels on the lake. Services for the renewal of marriage vows are also popular, as well as couples having their children baptized.
Enquiries for these are welcomed. The church requests a fixed donation towards running costs and maintenance. This includes use of the church, chaplain and organist, a simple application form will be provided on request. Payments are made by electronic transfer with a deposit after the application has been accepted.
Key Contact: Wedding Blessing Coordinator Elizabeth Manzocchi Upton [email protected]

The church has a very active summer concert program either through its own efforts or within the Lake Como Festival, due to its excellent acoustic.

Key Contact: Musical Director Janet Anderson [email protected]

The Ascension Church has long been regarded as one of jewels-in-the-crown of the Diocese in Europe and services in English have been held there for well over 100 years. Situated on the western lakeshore, the building is the masterpiece of Giorgio Brentano, a young Italian architect. It was completed and consecrated in 1891..

Key Contact: Andrew Thompson, Church Warden on [email protected]