One Day Tour of Como, Italy

One Day Tour of Como, Italy

Como is an elegant town with romantic charm, located on one of the arms of Lake Lario. A stroll for a couple on the shores of its lake is certainly ideal at any time of year. A stroll along the city’s two main streets can give you a feeling of absolute inner peace and contentment. But Como also has small sights and buildings of architectural value, in a perfect combination of art and nature.

1. What to see in Como

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. The Como Cathedral was built over 400 years in the making and today houses beautifully preserved tapestries and paintings from the sixteenth century. The façade of the cathedral is in the late Gothic style with Mousseau stone projections. It has no bell tower of its own: the bells for the assembly of the faithful are placed in the city tower, very close to the cathedral.

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1. What to see in Como

Palazzo del Broletto. The Palazzo del Broletto is located very close to the cathedral and is decorated in a romantic Gothic style with Renaissance decorative elements. The façade of Lombard marble in three colors (white, gray and red) ends with the civic tower, built in hewn stone technique. Built as a whole, today the building is divided into two separate parts: the Broletto to the west and the Praetorium to the east. Today it has an exhibition area, a congress hall and several municipal offices.

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1. What to see in Como

San Fedele Basilica and Bell Tower. The Basilica of San Fedele, built between the 10th and 12th centuries, blends well with the other buildings in the square of the same name. The church has 3 naves and the northwest side, unplastered, allows to see the elevation that took place in the nineteenth century. The facade has a rose window, which is of particular interest, and the apse of the structure is also worth a visit. To the left of the basilica is the bell tower of the Church of San Fedele, original in its lower part but approved in the upper part by twelve meters in the twentieth century. The construction of the original bell tower dates back to the eleventh century, thanks to the structure and decorations that are still visible in the original part.

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1. What to see in Como

Church of Sant’Abbondio. The Basilica of Sant’Abbondio, built on the site of an early Christian basilica, has two imposing twin towers in the apse, which together with 14 slender columns give the church an important idea of height. The plan of the church is simple, rectangular, divided by large columns into 5 naves. Inside the basilica there are Romanesque bas-reliefs and a complete series of frescoes from the middle of the 14th century. The relics of the patron saint are kept under the main altar, while the structure of the early Christian basilica is marked on the sidewalk with slabs of dark marble and its openings are marked with light marble.

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1. What to see in Como

Temple of the Volta. Located on the shore of the lake, the temple is dedicated to the genius of Alessandro Volta, a native of Como. It was built in neoclassical style to commemorate the centenary of the outstanding citizen’s death. Today the temple is the most visited museum in Como, it houses Volta’s scientific instruments and can be admired for some works.

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1. What to see in Como

War Memorial. The imposing and austere war memorial was built in 1933 according to the design of the brothers Giuseppe and Attiglio Terragni, architect Antonio Sant’Elia, a representative of Futurism. In the chapel you will find a monolith of white granite on which are engraved the names of the 750 inhabitants of Como who died during the First World War. Climbing up the 140 steps from the crypt to the upper terrace, you can admire a beautiful panorama of 33 meters high.

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1. What to see in Como

Villa Olmo and Lake Como. Built at the turn of the 1700s and early 1800s, Villa Olmo was built in the neoclassical style and was the summer villa of the famous Odescalchi family, and now hosts temporary events and exhibitions. The structure has a large complex as well as a park with several buildings. The building is one of the most majestic villas on Lake Como, celebrated in a grand masterpiece by Alessandro Manzoni, surrounded by regional parks and several nature reserves that are home to a thriving and diverse local flora and fauna. On the shores of the lake near Como are various municipalities such as Bellagio, Cernobbio, Varenna and Lecco. A visit to the island of Comacina is not to be missed.

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1. What to see in Como

Silk Museum. Undoubtedly, Como is one of the most important cities in the world for the production of pure silk. The Silk Museum is the right place to learn about the entire production process, from raising silkworms to creating yarn, from hand printing on fabrics to producing fashionable collections.

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1. What to see in Como

Porta Pretoria. The Porta Pretoria was the point of entry into the Roman city for those coming from Milan. Two openings, separated by a central column and framed by two octagonal towers, were also used by chariots. Over time, the gates, which had lost their protective value, were decorated to create convenient pedestrian passageways.

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1. What to see in Como

Como-Brunate funicular railway. Brunate, located 720 meters above sea level, can be reached from Como by cable car, which leaves from the lake shore. Once you reach the village, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the lake and walk through the alleys of the center or among the mountain trails. You can admire the fantastic panorama of Lake Como also from Lighthouse Volta.

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1. What to see in Como

2. Como itinerary in one day

Start your tour of Como with breakfast at Lungo Lario Trieste at Caff Mont . After breakfast, head to the cable car station at Piazza De Gasperi and climb up to the Bernate. From here you can admire the view of the lake and walk through the alleys of the small village. Return to Como and reach Piazza Duomo, where you can admire the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Palazzo del Broletto. At the end of your visit to the two historic buildings, go to Piazza San Fedele, where you can admire the church of the same name and its bell tower.

Piazza San Fedele abounds with good restaurants . For lunch, choose Il Solito Posto, which offers you lake fish in a traditional but chic setting. After lunch, return to Lungo Lario and reach the monument to the fallen, also enjoying its panoramic terrace. Continue along the lake to reach the Temple of the Volta and learn about the research of Alessandro Volta of Como.

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At the end of the day reach the complex Villa Olmo , which also houses Il Tennis restaurant, where you can enjoy a great dinner. The path that takes you from the Temple of the Volta to Villa Olmo on the lakeside will also allow you to see the structures of Villa Saporiti and Villa Gallia with the classic architecture of the area.

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