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Welcome to the A' Design Award and Competition's Travel Guide: Como. We have prepared this guide to help our laureates travel to Como, Italy to attend our Gala-Night and visit our exhibition, as well as enjoy the City and its amenities, landmarks, districts and life.

Important Information
Important Information Regarding The Travel Destination: Maps, Key Details and Other Points of Interests
Travel from Milano to Como and Como to Milano Important Information
There are three practical ways to travel from Milano to Como based on where you are. If you are at Malpensa Aeroporto, then you will want to take the train from Cadorna to Como Lago. It takes about 50 minutes and it is really cheap. If you are in Milan City, you can take train from Cadorna to Como Nord Lago or you can take train from Stazione Centrale to Como S. Giovanni, this is a different train station but it is also near the lake, and it is also cheap, but if you miss your stop, you can find yourself in Switzerland but the Como Nord Lago last stop is the lake so perhaps more safe for you if you do not have a multiple entry visa! Then, the last option is to take a TAXI. Now when coming to Como, it might seem expensive; but when returning from Como, you will find it quite useful, because in the night, there are no trains, and even though the taxi costs 120 Euro it can be cheap; if you take 4 person, that would be about 30 Euro each, and you can go to Milan any time back, otherwise of course you could decide to stay in Como in a hotel. Finally, the last option would be to rent a car, which could also make sense if you like to travel around, that would costs maybe as much as a single taxi drive, the parking in Como is usually problematic, but near Villa Olmo, you will find a good parking place but of course it might already be full at night!
Museums, Cultural Centers, Heritage Locations and Libraries
Pinacoteca Civica Museum
Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio Museum
Museo Didattico della Seta Museum
The Educational Silk Museum treasures, collects and displays machines, objects, documents, samples and instruments witnessing the glorious past of the textile industry that still nowadays rewards Como as the “City of Silk”. Moreover, its technical and artistic heritage is arranged in an easily accessible building. The love and passion for silk have ancient origins and have also been consolidated by the local Camera di Commercio, Provincia and Comune di Como since 1866 through the organisation of professional courses for textile operators.
The Toy Horse Museum Museum
The Toy Horse Museum is the one and only museums in the world dedicated to toy horses The Museum is hosted in what used to be the stables of Tornese, a famous, several time world-champion trotter in the 1950s. In 1969, Pietro Catelli, founder of Artsana Group and "Cavaliere del Lavoro" for his merits as an enterpreneur, purchased the building and surrounding land to establish the Artsana headquarters. On 14 April 2000, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, he decided to leave a unique gift to his company and local community by inaugurating the Museum, which hosts his collection of toy horses in the historical stables that once belonged to Tornese.
Hotels, Motels and Boutique Accomodation
La Rondine B&B - Como Hotel
The brand new B&B La Rondine Como is located in the heart of Como, in an ideal and strategic position. A point of departure to discover the wonders of the Lake of Como and many more. This entirely new house is equipped with every comfort and offers three different accommodations, featuring a modern and elegant design: two flats are equipped with en suite bathroom/services and one with external bathroom/services for exclusive use with a total of 6 beds. The B&B La Rondine Como offers the cosy warmth of a real home and is suitable for all types of customers, from the curious tourist and families on vacation to the businessman/woman and the groups of friends…. The B&B La Rondine Como is just seven minutes' walk from the S. Giovanni Station of Como (from which you can reach the Central Station of Milan in 35 minutes by train) and can be an excellent overnight solution for those who after a busy day in Milan (as it could be the case during the upcoming Expo 2015) want to return to a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere in Como. Should you prefer a complete privacy you can ask for the exclusive use of all rooms including the kitchen (see under menu Rooms /services, Flats). At B&B La Rondine Como, we also speak English and French. The rooms are all equipped with adjustable air conditioning, Wi-Fi free, LCD TV, safe for PC and hairdryer. The refrigerator in the kitchen can be used in common. The bed-rooms are three, they are entirely new, maximum two adults per room.The bed-rooms have different characteristics, twoo bed-rooms have private bathroom inside, the third room has a double sofa bed and it has bathroom just outside but it is for the exclusive use.( It is not shared with ather guests).
Hotel Terminus Hotel
The Hotel Terminus was born of the complete restructuring of an early 19th-century palazzo, whose Liberty style and tasteful elegance, typical of the Lombard aristocracy, has been artfully preserved. In addition to revitalize the splendid architecture of the historic edifice, the restoration has radically reconfigured its infrastructure and service facilities in order to ensure maximum comfort and convenience for our guests. Welcoming you to the hotel is the Hall and its magnificent loggia. Here, every detail is original, from the banisters and cast iron lamps to the delicate stucco work and charming 19th-century Lombard paintings on the walls. The Hall provides access to the restaurant, located on the same floor, and to some of the guest rooms as well. It is also set up for WiFi connection. The Reception Desk is available to you at all times for anything you may need: air and train tickets, taxi service, currency exchange, tourist information, fax and Internet service. For more specific requirements, you can ask the duty manager at any time of day or night. Otherwise, just make yourself comfortable in the luminous reception lobby and enjoy a quiet moment of relaxation.
Fontana Rooms Hotel
Hotel Barchetta Excelsior (10% Discount) Hotel
A refined, modern and quiet environment. The rooms, enriched with fabrics and furnished with beige and green colour tones, are now more pleasant and functional to live in, for both our business and leisure clientele. The sixth floor is an executive floor: 1 suite with separate lounge and two bathrooms and 3 junior suites with adjacent living space, large terraces open the magnificent view onto the cathedral or the lakefront. Technological comfort, wi-fi available in all the hotel. Christian Babuin is the chef of our Restaurant “Bistrò”. After an important professional experience at the Four Seasons Hotel in Milan, Christian brings to the heart of Como a traditional regional cuisine, with a magical touch of lightness and modernity. Simple and light proposals for a quick lunch and a more elaborate menu for dinner. Elegant and comfortable spaces, an impeccable service and a renewed cuisine, make this hotel in the centre of Como, the Italian capital of silk and crossroads of the best Italian craftsmanship, the right place to be in town. Whatever the purpose of your stay, whether it be for business or for pleasure, the Hotel Barchetta Excelsior, managed by the Villa d’Este Group, gives you a very warm welcome!
Albergo del Duca Hotel
Situated in the City center of Como, in the splendid walled City. Family management and modern comforts. Latest restoration of the building, the evocative location of the Hotel offers relax and serenity to clients. Albergo del Duca is Family management with modern comforts. The inauguration was on April 2004 and is the ideal choice for a holiday or working travel. All the rooms are soundprooved and equipped by air conditioning, mini-bar, TV, telephone, free WiFi, air drier and save deposit box.
Como Luxury Rooms (Trade Discount 5% Off) Hotel
Como Luxury Rooms is new. Finished and furnished in March 2015. The hotel offers its guests spacious and soundproofed rooms, bright and modern with a private bathroom. Equipped with all the extras such as air conditioning and underfloor heating, mini-bar, safe, SMART TV FULL HD Satellite 42 ", Wi-fi and free unlimited internet access with Fiber Optics, professional hairdryer, courtesy kit and large shower room. Como Luxury Rooms will make you sleep sweet dreams thanks to the brand new mattresses of last generation and you can choose the hardness (stiffer or comfort) at the time of booking. On arrival in the rooms you will find a Welcome pack (if you book through website). Herbal teas and espresso (thanks to the Nespresso machine supplied in rooms) will always be present in your rooms. For breakfast you can choose between many bars of the street that will delight you with tasty pastries and local flavors. Service available in the breakfast room, on reservation.
Restaurants, Takeaways, Food Courts, Places to Eat, Fine Dining
Villa Melzi Gardens Restaurant
The Gardens of Villa Melzi strech out along the lake shore and are armoniously inserted into the hilly scenery of the Bellagio peninsula that divides the two branches of Lario lake. Inland, the Villa, the Chapel and the orangery, today transformed into a historical museum, are splendid expression of neo-classical style and as such stated national monument. This architectural complex was realized between 1808 and 1810 for Francesco Melzi d'Eril (1753-1816), Duke of Lodi, Vice President of Italian Republic under Napoleon and afterwards Gran Chancellor of the Napoleonic Reign of Italy. The Japanese garden and the monument to Dante and Beatrice of G.B. Comolli are in front of the Villa and the flight of steps of the Azaleas are in front of the Villa, with its semicircular terrace which communicates with the lake through a system of stairs. Many interesting sculptures are in the most splendid park, where stupendous groups of azaleas ad rhododendrons alternate. On the left of the entrance, in the cave, there is an Etruscan cinerary urnof the 3rd century B.C., which comes from the graves of the Scipioni in Rome. Further on, by the small lake of the Nympheas, there are two Egyptian sculptures of the XVII and XIX dynasty which represent the lioness goddess Sekhmet and made from basalt and a statue-cube. From April to October daily 9,30 am to 6,30 pm (last entry at 6 pm) closed November to March. Cost: 6.5 euro
Ristorante Funicolare Restaurant
Placed in front of the beautiful Como Lake, the Ristorante Funicolare is located right next to the Como Cable Railway that goes to Brunate. The view of the restaurant is exceptional, it sees the Como lake, and it features both lake side tables as well as a closed but with glass covered section if you choose to get a table inside. Ristorante Funicolare is good for seafood, but they also serve steak, pizza and other Italian specialities such as risotto and of course the local Polenta. You can choose among 40 types of pizza, but actually their seafood is quite delicious. Ristorante Funicolare is a family owned business therefore you will enjoy a warm environment. The restaurant has been serving clients more than 20 years, and it is not expensive, for two people it could cost about 30 euro if you take a pizza, including drinks and coffee.
Landmarks, Important Buildings, Historical Buildings
Baradello Castle Landmark
The castle occupies the ancient site of Comum Oppidum, the original settlement of Como, dating from the 1st millennium BC. Later it was one of the last Byzantine strongholds in the area, surrendering to the Lombards in 588. The castle was restored during the War of the Lombard League, with the help of emperor Frederick Barbarossa (1158). Barbarossa officially donated it to the citizens of Como in 1178. Napoleone della Torre died here in 1278, having been imprisoned here by Ottone Visconti after the Battle of Desio; his nephew Guido was able to escape in 1283, as well as his brothers Corrado and Enrico the following year. Azzone Visconti restored and enlarged the fortification after conquering Como in 1335, and built another castle, the Castello della Torre Rotonda ("Castle of the Round Tower", now lost) and a citadel. In 1527, by order of emperor Charles V, the castle was dismantled, with the exception of the tower, to prevent it from falling in hands of the French troops that had invaded the duchy of Milan. After belonging to monks and then to private individuals, the castle was restored in 1971. The most preserved element is a square tower, measuring 8.20 m × 8.35 m (26.9 ft × 27.4 ft) at the base, and standing at 27.50 m (90.2 ft). It once had Guelph-type merlons. The walls are of Byzantine origin (6th-7th century); these were later heightened and provided with Guelph merlons, while another external line of walls was added. Also from the 6th century are the Chapel of St. Nicholas and quadrangular tower (4.40 m × 4.15 m (14.4 ft × 13.6 ft) at the base), which was used as the castellan's residence. Napoleone della Torre was buried in the Chapel of St. Nicholas.
Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia Landmark
Broletto Landmark
Attached to the cathedral is the Romanesque-Gothic Broletto dating back to 1215, the center of political and economic life of the city. It was destroyed several times in moments of heightened tension between the Como factions. It was renovated by the nobility of Como and opened as a theater in 1765. He was a living hero of many skirmishes between the aristocracy and the commoners. Many dances which where held at Today the Broletto houses exhibitions.
Villa Erba Landmark
Villa Erba, architectural jewel of the XVIIIth century, was once the summer residence of the “Erba” family. Here, the great director Luchino Visconti, spent many of his summers and the rooms of the villa inspired the sets of some of his most famous masterpieces. Today the villa, with its ancient frescoes, the precious inlaid ceilings andMannerist rooms, is the ideal location for unique events. At Villa Erba, prestige and worldliness live in perfect harmony: from the most formal conventions to the wildest of parties, where music is guaranteed until late at night thanks to the ideal location of the villa away from populated centres, every event is unique. A lake, a park, an historic villa and a conference centre: only at Villa Erba can you find all of this within one single location. Only at Villa Erba, the versatility of the facility and the functionality of the spaces allow you to organize events of any kind, different from each other and which can be developed either individually in one of the areasavailable or simultaneously throughout the whole facility. To allow for maximum customization, all surfaces are provided empty and do not have standard equipment: there are no constraints, only imagination and creativity. Villa Erba, architectural jewel of the XVIIIth century, was once the summer residence of the “Erba” family. Here, the great director Luchino Visconti, spent many of his summers. The rooms of the villa have inspired the sets of some of the directors greatest masterpieces. Today the villa, with its ancient frescoes, the precious inlaid ceilings and Mannerist rooms, is the ideal location for unique events. At Villa Erba, prestige and worldliness live in perfect harmony: from the most formal of conventions to the wildest of parties (where music is guaranteed until late at night thanks to the ideal location of the villa away from populated centres), the only limit is imagination.
Chiesa di Sant Andrea Brunate Landmark
Lighthouse Brunate Landmark
Starting from Piazzale of Brunate funicular you can take a beautiful walks. In a few minutes you get to the source of Pissarottino, vantage point from which you can admire the fist basin of the lake, Villa d'Este, Villa Olmo and Monte Rosa. It is possible to walk to Como following two paths: one that runs along the Funicular an the other, very impressive, that passes through the Hermitage of San Donato (former convent of the XV century). Those who want to climb from Brunate, can reach San Maurizio or the Cao with the bus and walk from there to where you like. Another recommended excursion is Piatto Mountain, The Volta lighthouse was erected in 1927 as well as the Volta Temple, on the centenary of Volta's death and to celebrate the recent advent of a modern network for lighting and for the diffusion of electricity in the city of Como. The lighthouse designer is the engineer Gabriele Giussani. The tower, with octagonal base, has a height of 29 meters and inside has a spiral staircase of 143 steps leads to the summit. From the top you can admire the Como area, the first basin of Lake Como and range up to see the view of the Alps; in the night, the light of the Volta light is visible up to fifty kilometers away.
Monumento a Alessandro Volta Landmark
Monumento a Alessandro Volta was inaugurated in 1838 by Pompeo Marchesi, one of the most famous sculptor of that time. The pedestal built by Francesco Durelli and a simple dedication is engraved above the sculpture: "A. Volta - La Patria "
Teatro Sociale di Como Landmark
Teatro Sociale di Como is a focal point for the cultural life of the area. It attracts opera fans in particular from a large triangle whose corners are formed by Varese, Lecco and Switzerland. Since 1 January 2002, the performances and all the opera house’s activities have been managed by AsLiCo (Opera Concert Association) of Milan, while the building is owned by the Gallery Ticket Holders’ Society. Teatro Sociale was founded in 1813, the year Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner were born. It was built in an area known as the “place of ruins” because it was the site of the Castle of the Round Tower, dating from the second half of the thirteenth century. The project for the purchase of the area was promoted by Count Giampietro Porro, chairman of the committee for the new opera house and Podestà of Como. The design of the opera house was entrusted to the architect Giuseppe Cusi and construction commenced in 1811. The curtain went up for the first time on the evening of 28 August 1813, on Antonio Fonseca Portugal’s Adriano in Siria and Giuseppe Mosca’s I Pretendenti Delusi.
Life Electric Landmark
Life Electric is a monument conceived and designed in honor of the great Como scientist Alessandro Volta. It stands at the center of the first basin of Lake Como, located in the end portion of the breakwater in front of Piazza Cavour. The work is star architect Daniel Libeskind: clean, linear, deeply contextualized environment. High about 13,75 meters (14,25 from the ground), the shape has sinuous movements.
Villa Gallia Landmark
Villa Gallia is a very nice place in front of the lake, It is the oldest building in Via Borgovico. It was built as a summer residence in 1615 by Abbot Marco Gallio , nephew of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. The building , owned by the family until 1772, is now owned by the Province of Como.
Basilica San Fedele Landmark
The Basilica of San Fedele in Como is located in the city center and is dedicated to Saint Fidelis martyr. It derives from an earlier Christian church, dating from the seventh century, dedicated to Euphemia. The magnificent Romanesque Basilica of San Fedele in Como was built around 1120 on early medieval foundation. The Basilica features the charming Piazza San Fedele was a medieval commercial center and famous grain market. The church contains fragments of frescoes from the fourteenth century and paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Important historical pole of the walled city, ancient seat of the market of the grain. On the public square two houses of the XVI century that have overhanging porchs, wooden and bricken structures disposed like fishbone, according to a constructive technical of Nordic origin. Masses are celebrated in the days Weekdays: 8:30 am 6:00 pm Holidays days: 8:30 am 10:00 am 11:15 am 06:00 pm
Chiesa Cattedrale di Como Landmark
Como Cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Maria. It is the biggest Cathedral in Lombardy after Duomo of Milan and The Certosa of Pavia. The Architecture of Cathedral dominates the historic center of Como, it was begun in 1396 and is the last of the Gothic cathedrals built in Lombardy. It took three and a half centuries to construct and has a late Gothic-Renaissance style. The dome was designed by Philip Juvara (1687-1736), architect of the King of Sardinia. The windows are from nineteenth century and were created and designed by Joseph Pompeo Bertini. Among the many works of art that adorn interior, there are sixteen century tapestries, paintings by Gauedenzio Ferrari, Bernardino Luini, Morazzone (XVI-XVII century), as well as frescoes in the sacristy (built in the fist half of the seventeenth century), and sculptures of Rodari.
Monumento ai Caduti Landmark
Monumento ai Caduti is an imposing tower, 30 meters high, opened by large windows and completely covered in Aurisina and Reppen stone. The Monument was built by Giuseppe Terragni, rationalist architect, on 4th November 1933.
Tempio Voltiano Landmark
The Tempio Voltiano is a museum in the city of Como, that is dedicated to Alessandro Volta, a prolific scientist and the inventor of the electrical battery. Volta was born in Como in 1745, held his first professorship there until 1779, and retired to Como in 1819. The neoclassical building was designed by Federico Frigerio (1873–1959). It was completed in 1927 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the scientist's death, but it was inaugurated only in 1928. It hosts a collection of scientific instruments used by the physicist including his early voltaic piles (batteries). The first floor has a display of his personal belongings and his awards. It is one of the most visited museums in town. The temple was featured on the back of the 10,000 lire banknote, while Volta's portrait was depicted on the front of the same banknote. Banknotes based on the Italian lira have since been replaced by notes denominated in Euros. The Electrophorus and capacitors are also on display. It was the cotton farmer Francesco Somaini, a designer, developer and construction lender, who wanted the building worthy of the great scientist. He wanted to have high scientific value and great documentary content and also for the building to be monumental and add new luster to the city. Architect Federico Frigerio designed the temple vault, which emulates the Pantheon.
Casa del Fascio Landmark
Casa del Fascio, casa Littoria, or casa del Littorio was a building housing the local branch of the National Fascist Party and later the Republican Fascist Party under the regime of Italian Fascism. In major urban centers, it was called the palazzo del Littorio or palazzo Littorio. Littorio means lictor, the bearer of the fasces lictorii, the symbol of Roman power adopted by the Fascist party.
Porta Torre Landmark
The walls of Como surrounding on three sides the city center, are still well preserved for 70% of the original perimeter and date back to the medieval period. They were built, for the first time, at the initiative of Julius Caesar, in the first half of the first century BC about 20 meters within the structures visible today. These principals were part of a complex defensive structure intended to cover access to Milan and the Po valley from the central Alps, which included, among others, the Castel Baradello, the Comacina Island fortifications, the hole structures of lead and primitive fortresses of Bellinzona .
Villa Olmo Landmark
Villa Olmo is a neoclassical villa located in the city of Como, northern Italy. Is the most celebrated and sumptuous of the historic homes of Como and one that made Como one of the driving forces of Enlightenment in Italy. Simone Cantoni succeeded in realizing the needs of a cultured and progressive aristocracy, bringing good taste to those buildings "remodelled in the modern fashion" while fully embracing the ideas of the Enlightenment at time that saw Lombardy, and Milan in particular, become one of liveliest center in Europe. In the words of academic Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini, it was a true "philosophical world" based on the proportions of the golden section. The architect was in tune with the personality of the principal Marchese Innocenzo Odescalchi who returned from Rome in 1780 with an up-to-date and cosmopolitan education and committed himself to a program of cultural renewal of the whole Como area, including the construction of a suburban villa in line with the reforming ideas of the enlightened thinkers. Villa Olmo is owned by the municipality of Como. They organize many art exhibitions.
Sightseeing, Good Views, Natural Wonders, Bellavista
Novocomum Sightseeing
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzo Sightseeing
Villa Carlotta is one of the most famous villas around the lake, a place of rare beauty, where masterpieces of nature and art live together in perfect harmony in over 70.000 square meters of garden and museum. The building was erected around 1690 by marchese Giorgio Clerici. In 1801 Gian Battista Sommariva, famous politician, businessman and patron of arts, bought the villa. Thanks to this owner the property in Tremezzo attained the summit of its splendor and became one of the most important halting-place of the Grand Tour. The villa became a temple of XIX century art with works of Canova. Thorvaldsen and Hayez: Palamedes, Eros and Psyche, Terpsychore. Under Sommariva part of the park was transformed in a fascinating romantic garden. Sommariva's heirs sold the villa in 1843 to Princess Marianne of Nassau, Albert's of Prussia wife, who gave it as a present to her daughter Carlotta, during her wedding with Georg II of Saxen-Meiningen. Inside the beautiful garden you will find the "Ingresso di Alessandro Magno a Babilonia" by Berthel Thorwaldsen, built between 1817 and 1828; "The last kiss of Romeo and Juliet" by Francesco Hayez; "Amore e Psiche" by Adamo Tadolini in 1824, and more. Is possible visit the beautiful garden during all the year, multiplicity flowers: Camellias, century old Cedars, Sequoias, Tropical plants and more. The magnificent park revokes the Romantic period, garden with geometrical shape, fountains, old trees of big size and views of great charm. The Villa Carlotta's park is about 8 hectares, a place where you can spend a lovely day and lose yourself in the fascinating nature.
Varenna Sightseeing
Varenna, terminus with Cadenabbia of the ferryboat service for vehicles from Bellagio, its situated on a promontory at the mouth of the Esino stream. The center is structured according to the design lay-out of Ancient Rome. The village was fortified in the Middle Ages and its town-planning and buildings of unique value are still preserved. Here there are two tall villas nearby the church of San Giorgio of the 14th century, later re-elaborated in the 17-18th century. The Tourist Information, called the Proloco Varenna Information Point, is on the main square. It's generally open during high season from May to September, from 10 to 12 and 3 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday trough Saturday, and 9 am to 12 am on Sunday ( There is a travel agency at one block from the train station. It's good backup when Tourist Information Point is closed. The travel agency is also handy to buy train tickets, as the small train station has no ticket window, and thre aren't tickets machines either. Remember to stamp the ticket at the yellow box at the front of the tracks to avoid 50 euro fine for not doing so. Is very nice to visit Villa Isimbardi (of the Cypresses) is a 19th century reconstruction of an older building, with beautiful terraces and rows of Cypresses. The Villa Monastero is directly in front and over the waters of the Lake. Its name comes from the original all-women monastery active here between 1200 and 1500. It was later transformed into a residence in the second half of the 16th century at the request of Pablo Mornico. Villa Cipressi is now a hotel belonging to the city of Varenna, has a botanic pathway and century-old gardens with tired terraces till the lake. The gardens contains plants of a rare beauty and worldwide botanic importance. Tourists are free to see it all.
The Park of Villa Serbelloni Sightseeing
Villa Serbelloni is now a Grand Hotel. Its park is one of the best of the Lake. The luxurious Italian-style gardens has a bounty of Mediterranean and subtropical plants, which flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake. The lower part of the garden is an informal parkland planted with olives trees and Italian Cypresses. The upper garden is mainly woodland. The part of the garden near to the house consist of three curved terraces on which there are flowering plants and shrubs. A separate small garden has a fountain dedicated to Cecilio Plinio. The park, the lake's largest, extends all over the entire promontory to the small town's mount which offers a splendid view of the two branches of the Lake. The Neo-classical Villa Melzi can be seen from the lake, from extremely sober and elegant forms, realized between the 1808 and 1810 and based on Giacomo Albertelli's project for the Count Francesco, vice president and Chancellor of the Kingdom of Italy. Described by Stendhal, this noble residence hosted many famous guests: the Emperors Francesco I and Ferdinand of Austria to the musician Liszt. Worthy of mention as well is Villa Trivulzio, built in the 18th Century and restored a Century later with its grand English-style park, and Villa Trotti, in its neo-Gothic remake with Moorish decorations and with rarities that enrich the park. The Villa is owned by the Rockefeller foundation and is not open to the public. You can take a guided tour of the park at a price of 9 euro from April through October, Tuesday to Sunday (no tours when it's raining) two tours per day: at 11 am and 3.30 pm, tour lasts 1.5 hours. Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J.F. Kennedy, Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum and Al Pacino have all strolled through the rooms and lakeside gardens of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Gianfranco Bucher is their of a family, who for five generations has made the high class hotel's hospitality his life 's ambition.
Walls, Gattoni Tower and Gate Tower Sightseeing
The walls of Como, built for the fist time by order of Julius Caesar, were part of a complex defensive structure to cover the entrances to Milan and Po Valley from the Central Alps, which included, among others, the Castle Baradello, the Comacina Island fortification and the castles of Bellinzona. Gattoni Tower, formerly know as Tower of Porta Nuova, was rebuilt by Frederick Barbarossa, together with the other two towers and was acquired in the late 1700s by Giulio Cesare Gattoni, a keen natural scientist, who opened a physics laboratory and there settled its scientific collections. Alessandro Volta, a friend of Gattoni, was often there to study and perform experiments that led to his great invention of the century: Pila. Tower Gate and Victoria are the oldest (1192) and most imposing medieval towers still standing. Standing at the height of 40 meter, its features two outer arches, the north side has a single tube with a great arch surmounted by four rows of double windows.
Cernobbio Sightseeing
Bellagio Sightseeing
Bellagio is called the pearl of Lake Como. It is undoubtedly the most famous resort on the lake. For centuries, its scenic location has enchanted artists and writers, not only from Italy, but also from abroad. It is situated on the tip of a headland that divides the lake into the two legs of Como and Lecco. The town stretches along the coast and part of it goes up the slopes of the promontory. Because of its location it has a great variety of views; indeed, it offers a good view of whore lake. On the northern horizon one can see the Pre-Alps. Some of the best views can be seen from the park of Villa Serbelloni and from the top of Monte San Primo. On a particularly clear day, on ecan make out the Alps, from Mont Blanc to the Ortles, and the Madonnina on top of the Duomo of Milan. The historic center situated at a higher level dominated by the Romanesque Basilica of San Giacomo (enlarger in the Baroque Age) and the more recent lake-front arcade are all preserved intact. Among the aristocratic villas let's remember Villa Serbelloni. Fist was a castle, then a country residence and transformed into villa at the end of the 15th century. Later once again restructured in the 17th and turned into a hotel during the last decade of the 19th century. It is now the appointed headquarters of conventions and study tours.
Boat Trip in Como Sightseeing
Its origin goes back to the Ice Age. It has an inverted Y shape with the two branches that head south towards Lecco and south west towards Como. Thanks to a clement climate that favored the arboreal development, the Lake was inhabited since the proto-historic era. Then the Roman colonization took place, and it culminated with the establishment of Como as the area was especially important either for the defence of the lowland territories as well as a connection to the lands beyond the Alps. In the same period the reputation of the Lake began to spread, its shores and settlements began to rise. Among the early bards of the virtue of the Lake were the Latins, Cassiodoro, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger (natives of Como) and Strabone. Later on in time were added these voices, that of Paolo Diacono, of Leonardo and Benedetto Giovio. The international acclaim of the Lake arrived in any event between the 18th and the 19th Centuries, with first the triumph of the "villa civilization", and then with the development of the tourist élite. Lake Como as a result became the obligatory stop for travellers and writers visiting Italy: those who wrote about it among the others Bourget, De Musset, Longfellow, Stendhal and Flaubert. The most well-known passage are the celebrated opening lines to the "Promessi Sposi" "The Betrothed": That branch of lake of Como that turns at midday…", with which Manzoni immortalized the Lecchese versant.
Menaggio Sightseeing
The town Menaggio is situated in the heart of Lake Como, on its western shore, at the beginning of a valley that connects Menaggio with lake Lugano. Its central position makes it a lively town. Already in the first half of the 18th century it was discovered by the first tourists, enchanted by the beauty of the landscape and the mild climate, and the grand hotels like Grand Hotel Victoria and the luxury villas like Villa Mylius Vigoni and Villa Garovaglio Ricci were built. The town Menaggio consists in a centre and three hamlets Loveno, Nobiallo and Croce and has a total of about 3200 inhabitants. Menaggio is of ancient origins and in its centre and in its hamlets there are many interesting monuments which recall Menaggio's importance throughout the ages. The heart of the "old" town is gathered around Piazza Garibaldi close to Menaggio's harbour. In Via Calvi among fashionable shops you can see, on the facade of the church of S. Marta, the memorial plaque of Minicio Exorato, a notable of the Roman empire. Narrow cobble stoned alleys lead up to the area called castello. The castle, of which remain impressive perimetric walls was destroyed in 1523. The historic and artistic itinerary through Menaggio will help discover the town. Children will enjoy the amusing puzzle tour through Menaggio. Menaggio is a popular destination, particularly for holidaymakers keen on outdoor activities. There is an eighteen-hole golf course at about 5 km from town, and plenty of good walking in the area, from easy strolls to tough mountain hikes, as well as opportunities for swimming, water-skiing, mountain-biking and riding. The higher part of the town has medieval aspect featuring narrow alleys, steep stairs and stone buildings. The old and "new", the shops, restaurants, cafes, public squares and alleyways, the tree shaded lake shore promenades bordered by flowers, and the well kept villas form a wonderful and serene place to see.
Passeggiata Villa Olmo Sightseeing
Diga Foranea Piero Caldirola Sightseeing
Diga Foranea Piero Caldirola is a very nice place where you can walking and admire the view of the Lake and hills. There is the new monument Life Electric dedicated to Alessandro Volta.
Lungo Lago Sightseeing
Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 square kilometres (56 sq mi), making it the third-largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 metres (1,300 feet) deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres (660 ft) below sea level. During the walking you can see a very nice view of the lake, enjoy the promenade in the sunny days and share good moments with the person that you love.
Passegiata sul Lago di Como Sightseeing
Transportation Hubs, Train Stations, Metro, Taxi, Boat, Airports, Bus Stations, Cable Railway
Como Lago Station Transportation
TRENORD S.r.l. employs over 4,000 people and is the only company in Italy that deals exclusively with public transport by rail of a single region. Lombardy is the most "mobile" area in Italy, where more than 650,000 people - approximately 180 million passengers per year - travel by train every day. TRENORD is the first operator to specialise in local transport by rail. It manages the suburban and regional rail service, the airport service Malpensa Express (from Milano Cadorna, Milano Centrale, Milano Porta Garibaldi) and the Como-Chiasso and Malpensa-Bellinzona cross-border service, providing a total of 2,300 journeys per day, predominantly towards the hub of Milan. The company was established on 3 May 2011 merging the experience, know-how and facilities of Trenitalia (Regional Division for Lombardy) and FNM Group (LeNord) - each of which has a 50% holding - in order to streamline and optimise the rail service in Lombardy. The development of a modern, efficient and sustainable transport system is an overriding priority and a challenge that the Lombardy Region at the top of its agenda. Indeed, its status as both sponsor and body of primary control for local public transport makes the regional authority guarantor of the service.
Taxi Como Transportation
Taxi Como offers a taxi service for commuting and suburban 24 hours on 24 and 7 days out of 7, including holidays. Taxi Como also offers airport transfers to and from the airports of: Malpensa (Milan), Linate (Milan), Orio al Serio (Bergamo), Agno (Lugano, CH).
Funicolare Transportation
In 1894 the funicular Como-Brunate is opened, symbol of the public transport development in that period, when every centre in the Province was linked with the provincial capital through a series of public transport lines. It was the period of industrial development and the beginning of what would later become “mass tourism". In 1911 the traction system is changed from steam to electricity. In 1912 the "cannon" is installed, firing a salute every day at noon (reactivated in 1994 after 20 years inactivity). In the years 1934/35 the plant is completely revamped, including the total rebuilding of the Brunate station. In 1951 a further changing of vehicles is carried out. At the end of the '60s, the private transport by car puts public transport in a difficult position, as it gradually becomes clear in the second half of the XX century. In the '70s in Como, as in other areas of the country, private transport companies cannot control losses any more. The local bodies around Como (Municipalities and Province) decide to react to such a situation establishing a consortium that will manage the suburban lines in the Como province already in concession to the companies STECAV, SALVI, BARADELLO, GRATTONI and DELL'OCA. For a long time such a consortium will also manage the funicular plant whose property was transferred from Società Anonima Funicolare Como/Brunate, (whose reference shareholder was Earl Cesare Bonacossa) to the Region of Lombardy in 1981. During the period of entrusted management the C.P.T. Consortium carried out the adaptation of the plant to the new security and technology needs. As from July 2005 the management of the Como/Brunate Funicular is entrusted - following the enforcement by the Como Municipality of the procedures for deregulating the public transport services sector - to a joint Society whose head office is in Como (Consorzio Mobilità Funicolare & Bus). Within such a framework the operation management of the Como - Brunate funicular is entrusted to Azienda Trasporti Milanesi S.p.A.
Como Bus System Transportation
The Como Bus System has been around for a long time.
Hospitals, Pharmacies, Medical Centers
Ospedale Sant'Anna Hospital
Ospedale Valduce Hospital
Police & Law
Police Stations, Court House, Lawyers
Police Police & Law
Place to Hangout
Where Locals Like to Visit, Common Place to Hangout, Public Spaces
Biblioteca Comunale di Como Place to Hangout
The Como Town Library provides its users loan at the national and international level.
Piazza Cavour Place to Hangout
Sports Area
Sports Area, Sports Facilities, Stadium, Sport Centers
Entertainment, Cinema, Theater, Concert Halls
Gardens, Places to Stroll, Places to Relax, Parks, Parks for Kids
Pubs, Evening Drinks, Places to Drink
Il Birratrovo Beer Shop Como Pub
Minimalismo Living Room Pub
Attractions, Circus, Playgrounds, Touristic Entertainment
Hostels and Low-Cost Accomodation Possibilities
Ostello Villa Olmo Hostel
The Hostel Villa Olmo is a historical hostel of the city of Como. Over 50 years the hostel welcomes travelers from around the world. It is the ideal location for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the lake and mountains, while remaining in contact with the city. Located in what was once the stables of Villa Olmo a few steps from the lake - in the park of the eighteenth-century villa- is located only 15 'walk from the city center and 3 km from Switzerland. Large garden, free parking, multilingual staff. Our hostel is member of Hostelling International, of the Italian Youth Hostels Association and hostel’s network in Lombardy. The hostel has been renovated and is ready for the great world event of Expo 2015.
Shopping Centers, Shopping Malls, Best Streets to Shop
Roca Wood, Jewelry Store Shopping
Roca Wood was founded in 2007 by Mario Roca and Fiona Wood and is located in the historical city center of Como. All phases of design and craftsmanship are in house and the pieces are sold exclusively in our shop. We create custom made Jewelry and fine jewelry commissions, also from your own design or idea. Our services include high quality restyling and reparations on antique and modern jewelry.
Le Mille e una Mella, Candy Shop Shopping
Le Mille e una Mella is a Candy Shop opened in 2008, it is a space full of creativity, you can find: original cakes, little trees, bouquet, placeholder...all made by candies!
Mr. Savethewall, Art Shop Shopping
Fox Town Shopping
If you like shopping, do not miss FoxTown Factory Stores, the temple of luxury and elegance where 160 stores of the most prestigious brands for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, sport articles, household goods and accessories are under the same roof. A successful combination of quality and low prices where manufacturers offer their surplus and garments from the previous season at prices discounted from 30% to 70% and where the dream of discreet and advantageous shopping becomes true. 1200 parking spaces, a Casino and 7 food corners help turn a shopping spree into an unforgettable day.
Piazza Duomo Shopping
Piazza del Duomo is in the historic center of Como you can see the Civic Tower, the Broletto and the Cathedral. There are also many cafes, clothes shops, cosmetics shop and the famous franchise COIN. It's the heart of Como, where you can reach other road with many restaurants, cafes and great variety of shops.
Piazza San Fedele Shopping
Piazza San Fedele is in the pedestrianized center of Como, near the city's shopping streets and within easy walk to the lake and several restaurants. There are two cafes to stop pleasantly during a visit to the city, a library, a beautiful shop of articles for the house, several other clothing stores, a fur, a children's store, shoe, silk and telephony. Very nice it is to see, in a corner of the square in front of the basilica, two buildings (one right on the corner and the other above the library) from the Middle Ages which retain their original state and outside their large wooden beams within. On Saturday then there is a lovely market of handicrafts, jewelery, leather and much more which attracts many people and tourists.
Night Club
Night Clubs, Disco, DJ Club, Live Music, Night Entertainment
Cafe Bar
Cafe Bar, Places to Drink Cafe, Patisserie
Beauty & Health
Beauty Centers, SPAs, Health Centers
Lido Cernobbio, Beach club lake Beauty & Health

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