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Como and its Lake

A May 2002 trip to Lake Como by Adelaide

The Cathedral of Como and the Broletto Photo, Lake Como, Italy More Photos
Quote: Como is a very popular destination in Italy. It is located by Lake Como, 200m above the sea level and surrounded by mountains. A boat trip around the lake is mandatory: the natural scenery is gorgeous, and there are many beautiful villas.

Como and its Lake

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Lake Como Photo, Lake Como, Italy
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Though not as impressive as other Italian cities for arts and architecture, Como is a relaxing nice city and so are the villages around the lake. In summer, there are many hiking opportunities on the mountains and valleys of this area. Be sure to include a boat trip during your visit, it is a very nice way to see the lake and the villas. At the end of the day, indulge yourself with an Italian icecream at an open-air cafe in front of the Cathedral. Conveniently close to Milan (40min by train), I visited it on a Monday, when most museums are closed all over Italy. Quick Tips: Como was an important center at Roman times, due to its location, serving as a gateway to the Alps. Lat...Read More
The Cathedral of Como and the Broletto Photo, Lake Como, Italy
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The construction of the cathedral began in 1396 on the site of the church of S. Maria Maggiore, from which little remains (there is a beautiful marble altar). The works continued for almost four centuries and the structure we now see is a mixture of late gothic details over a romanic façade, a renaissance apse and an 18th century dome. Huge pillars divide the church in three naves. One nice touch for tourists is a series of cards describing the church at various locations inside it, so as we walk around we can learn about the many artworks, styles and historical facts. They are available in three languages (Italian, English and German). Adjoining the cathedral, there is a building ...Read More

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The Cathedral of Como and the Broletto
Downtown
Lake Como, Italy

Basilica di San Fedele Photo, Lake Como, Italy
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This is a very old church - originally from the 12th century - and it is very dark - it's completely different from the opulent cathedral. It was rebuilt many times and its present façade and bell tower were totally reconstructed in 1900. Inside there are frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries and a beautiful arcade with fine capitals.

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Basilica di San Fedele
Downtown
Lake Como, Italy

Tempio Voltiano

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Attraction | "Tempio Voltiano (Volta Temple)"

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Designed and built in 1927 to celebrate a hundred years of Alessandro Volta's death, the neoclassic building houses a museum dedicated to the inventor of the battery. The museum displays a series of instruments constructed and used by him to run his experiments on gas and electricity, including the first "pila", built in 1799. Some other objects are copies made by professors from the University of Pavia, where he teached. The Italian physicist Alessandro Volta is known for his pioneering work in electricity. Volta was born and educated in. In 1774 he became professor of physics at the Royal School in Como and in 1779 he became professor of physics at the University of Pavia, a chair he occupi...Read More

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Tempio Voltiano
Viale Guglielmo Marconi
Lake Como, Italy 22100
031 574705

Villa Carlota

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Attraction | "Villa Carlotta, Tremezzo"

Villa Carlota Photo, Lake Como, Italy
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Perhaps the most famous villa at Lake Como and attracting over 100,000 visitors a year, Villa Carlotta was built in 1690 by the Marquis Giorgio Clerici. Later the villa got its name from "Carlotta", a Prussian princess who received it as a dowry for her marriage in 1848. Villa Carlotta contains marble sculptures by Canova, bas-reliefs by Thorwaldsen and painting by Hayez and by Wicar. Visitors can also admire some works of art coming from Accademia di Brera and Duomo di Milano, as well as the original perfectly preserved neoclassical furniture, giving the sensation to be in a house still inhabited by its noble owners. The Villa is reached through five staircases, formed by two arms with five terraces...Read More

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Villa Carlota
Tremezzo
Lake Como, Italy

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Silk has been for centuries an important product in the region of Como. Many stores there sell this high quality textile and the Silk Museum opened in 1990 to present the history of the silk industry in Como. The Museum covers an area of about 900 square metres and is located in the same building as the textile school, the "Setificio". In the Main Hall, reference is made to the art of silkworm breeding. Also on display are machines that were used during the stages preceding weaving. In the Weaving Room we can see two hand-looms, one of which for Jacquard method of weaving. We enter another room dedicated to the control and measurement of yarns and fabrics, in which we can see some of the instr...Read More

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Museo Didattico della Seta (Silk Museum)
Via Valleggio, 3
Lake Como, Italy

The Funicular to Brunate Photo, Lake Como, Italy
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Brunate is a village on top of a hill, 500m above the lake. It can be reached in about six minutes with the funicular (departs every half hour) and from where we can enjoy a beautiful view upon Como and the lake. The cable railway was opened in 1894 and since then became an attraction for tourists, as well as serving the locals. The 1084m railway has a maximum gradient of 55%.

A combined ticket allows visitors to take a bus to the Faro Voltiano, a lighthouse erected in 1927 at San Maurizio. An octogonal building contains a spiral staircase of 143 steps, from which one has great views of the lake. I think it is open on Sundays only.

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The Funicular to Brunate
From Piazza de Gasperi
Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como (Lario)

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Attraction | "Boat trip in Lake Como to Bellagio"

Lake Como (Lario) Photo, Lombardy, Italy
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I took the regular boat to Bellagio (about 2h with the battello, 40min with the rapido). A one-way ticket costs EUR 5.90 for the batello, 50% more for the rapido. A special ticket allows unlimited stops on the way, but plan your time very carefully because the service is a little limited in some of them. I found Cernobbio, one of the first stops, very pretty. Unlike the regular boat, the speed boat does not stop at Villa Carlotta, but Tremezzo is very close, within walking distance. You can check schedules at Navigazione Laghi. From Bellagio I returned to Como by bus. It's half the price of the boat and although it takes a bit longer (almost...Read More

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Lake Como (Lario)

Lombardy, Italy

The Villas of Como

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Many palaces, or villas, can be found in Como. They were built in the 18th and 19th centuries by wealthy families who had decided to build their summer residences on the margins of the lake - a common trend in the romantic era. Many of these villas were preserved are interesting to be visited, not only for their architecture, but also for their marvellous gardens. The most famous is Villa Olmo. It is located in an area where in the middle ages there was an age-old elm, from which comes its name. The palace was built in neoclassic style and originally this area was outside Como. Other villas in Como are Villa Saporiti, Villa Pisani Dossi, Villa Resta Pallavicino and Villa Ga...Read More

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The Villas of Como
Around the City
Lake Como, Italy