The Anglican Church of the Ascension, Cadenabbia



First, it is with great sadness that the church must announce that the Reverend Roger Williams, who led the church so successfully over the last 5 years, passed away in December 2020 in his native Australia after a short illness. His obituary will appear shortly.

Currently due to the ongoing pandemic, the Church of the Ascension faces uncertainty as to when it will be able to open for regular services, though it is planning to open as soon as is practicably possible and in accordance with pandemic measures.

Due to travel restrictions it is also unknown at this stage whether there will be a resident priest at any time this year. In the meantime Venerable Vickie Sims will continue to oversee matters from her base in Milan.

Further updates in relation to the 2021 season will be posted in due course.

If you would like to contact us during the closed season please email the Venerable Vickie Sims, All Saints Anglican Church, Milan, at

WELCOME TO LAKE COMO, the most beautiful of the Italian lakes, and to the Church of the Ascension at Cadenabbia, one of Lago di Como's most beautiful churches.  We have offered worship and fellowship to English-speaking visitors and residents since the 1880s, although the present church was designed by Italian architect Giorgio Brentano and built in 1891.

Who are we?

We are part of the Anglican Church, belonging to the Diocese in Europe and we welcome all visitors of the Christian faith to our services of Holy Communion.  These are held every Sunday at 10.30 am from the Easter Day to the end of October.  There are occasional services outside of the summer season which will be announced on the Services page.

The church is run by a small group of residents and our visiting Chaplain, with the support of the Chaplain of All Saints, Milan. In addition to the weekly services, which attract visitors and holiday home owners from many countries, it hosts regular concerts,detailed on the Concerts and Music page.

The Church is also a popular choice among those seeking to have a wedding blessing service, renewal of marriage vows or baptisms - please visit our Wedding Blessings page for details on how you can celebrate your special day in the stunning surroundings of our Church on the shores of the most beautiful of the Italian Lakes.

Members of the congregation, their families and friends work hard to keep the church in good condition and to raise funds. If you would like to help please contact us.

If you have any safeguarding concerns please report them to