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COMO

The history of Como, a beautiful town on lake Como began with the Liguri and the Celts: they were  the first inhabitants in Como area and they were located on the southern hills of Como. After been conquered, Como was founded by the Romans in 59 b.C. and it is one  of the nine Italian towns to have still the Roman town – planning, that is the division of the town in cardo and decumano. From medieval times to nowadays Como has been enriched with architectural and artistic jewels that can be discovered walking in the town centre.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 18:22  

The Cathedral

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COMO CATHEDRAL

The cathedral located near Lake Como(1396 – 1745) has been built in almost 350 years allowing the visitors to admire several architectural styles: the gothic naves, the renaissance façade decorated with many works of art by the brothers Rodari, the baroque dome and the side apses.

Inside you can admire many works of art such as standards and tapestries dating back to the XVI and XVII centuries, the holy water fonts coming from the previous ‘Santa Maria Maggiore’ Church dating XI cent., a beautiful wooden ancona dedicated to St. Abondius (Patron of Como) dating XVI cent. and the precious XIV cent. altar- piece.

Close to the cathedral  the Broletto palace built in 1215 in Gothic – Romanasque style with multi – colour Marble bands used as Court of Justice. Today is an Exibition and Conference Centre.

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San Fedele's Basilica

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SAN FEDELE'S BASILICA

The basilica  Saint Fedele in Como is located in the same square where medieval houses 'a balcone' ( jutting out houses) are preserved.

Probably the Basilica dates back to the VII cent., but the present shape dates back to the XI cent. when the relics of the martyr Fedelis were located inside the church.

Many witnesses of medieval sculpture are on the Dragon portal, as well as inside the basilica where you can admire precious medieval frescoes on the oblique wall.

The façade is rebuilt in the XX centrury in neo- romansque style.

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The Towers

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THE TOWERS IN COMO

 

The tower is  40 mt. high, built in 1192 and it is part of the defensive system erected almost on the same site of the Roman walls destroyed in the ten year war by the Milanese.

In the past years the fortification was encircled from a moat filled in the XIX century.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 17:32  

The Sociale Theater

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THE SOCIALE THEATER

The theater, in the heart of Como, is projected in 1813 and built on the area of the ‘Castle of the Round Tower (XIII cent.) demolished to build the theater.

 

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Museums

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MUSEUMS

In Como ‘the city of silk’ there is a museum dedicated to the precious fabric! In 1990 it is the opening of this museum dedicated to all the processing phases with the exhibition of the textile machinery and the reproduction of a chemical laboratory.

 

The Civic Arts Collections are located in Palazzo Volpi and they are chronologically displaced from Middle Ages  with frescoes and low-reliefs to the art collections of the XX century by local artists who work and live in this area, such as Sant’Elia, Manlio Rho and Ico Parisi.

 

Palazzo Olginati is the site of the historical Museum ‘Giuseppe Garibaldi’ where many objects belonging to Garibaldi and to local soldiers are exhibited; close to Palazzo Olginati there is  Palazzo Giovio, site from 1814 of  the Archeological Museum where many Egyptian and local finds are preserved, such as the important  Ca’ Morta Wagon ( Iron Age)

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Lake Como

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LAKE COMO

Catch the boat and admire the beautiful and unique landscape of Lake Como! Do you know that the ancient name of Lake Como is Larius? It was given by the Romans as Larius means laurel and they cultivated it in this area as the climate is almost mediterranean! Lake Como has three branches: the Colico branch, the Como Branch and the Lecco one. On lake Como you can see beautiful neoclassical villas belonging to Hollywood stars, Arabian sovereigns and to Russian magnates, but lake Como is much appreciated by many other Hollywood stars who like to spend their holidays here thanks to the mild climate and the breathtaking views. From Como to the farthest north part of the lake there are nice villages such as Cernobbio where one of the most luxury hotels of the world is located: Villa d’Este Hotel.

 

Do you like mountains and valleys? Take the road from Argegno you will easly reach the Intelvi Valley, full of interesting baroque churches and a fantastic nature. A little bit farther the village of Ossuccio, from which you can walk to the Sacred mount reaching the interesting church dedicated to Our Lady of Help. In Ossuccio you can also catch a boat and reach in few minutes the Comacina Island, the only island of the lake, rich of witnesses of its unique and bizarre history. The beautiful FAI’s villa Balbianello is located in one of the most spectacular place on the promontory Balbianello, from which you can see a breathtaking scenery and where ‘ Star Wars episode II’  and James Bond - Casino Royale were filmed . Mezzegra is famous all over the world as Mussolini and Claretta Petacci were killed here. Villa Carlotta, famous worldwide for its marvelous gardens and for the works of art by Canova, Thorwaldsen and Hayez located in the villa. In Gravedona there is the Santa Maria del Tiglio’s church, an extraordinary example of Romanesque such as San Fedelino’s church on Lake Mezzola.

 

On the eastern bank there are evocative villas such as the Pliniana in Torno, popular for its intermittent spring studied by Leonardo da Vinci. In Torno you can visit  San Giovanni’s church, that enshrines the relics of the Holy Cross. On the same bank there are nice villages such as Careno with its odd triangular shape, Bellagio called the Pearl of the lake for its position, in fact from Puntaspartivento you see a stunning view of the three branches of lake Como and the mountains. The beautiful gardens of Villa Melzi are worth a visit! and finally if you like shopping this is the right place with  many fine shops of local art and craft.

 

From Menaggio you can take the road that connects Lake Como to Lake Lugano passing through the Valsolda territory, a beautiful valley on the Swiss border and famous thanks to the Fogazzaro’s novel ‘Piccolo Mondo Antico’.                                   Do not forget Campione d’Italia, a small Italian territory in Switzerland on Lake Lugano, where you can find art and amusements, by enjoying a stop at the Casinò Municipale and see elegant shows and galas.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 17:36