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Como, Province of Como, Lombardy

Como is located in a picturesque position on the beautiful southern banks of the Lario river, with the green hills of Brianza behind.

A lively center whose traditional economy was based on the silk industry, is famous also as the hometown of Latin scientists and writers as Pliny the Elder and the Younger, Pope Innocent XI (born Benedetto Odescalchi), architect Giuseppe Terragni (1584 - 1635), inventor Alessandro Volta. Como and its lake have always been a holiday destination for artists, poets and politicians, among them Winston Churchill, Konrad Adenauer, Maurice Barres, Stendhal and more recently singer Madonna, actors George Clooney and Sylvester Stallone, stylist Versace.

Info

  • Altitude: m a.s.l
  • Population: about 80,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 22100
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 031
  • Patron Saint: St. Abbondio, celebrated on 31 August
  • Frazioni & Localities: Albate, Breccia, Camnago, Civiglio, Garzola, Lora, Monteolimpino, Muggió, Ponte Chiasso, Prestino, Rebbio, Sagnino, Tavernola Volta
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History

It was the most important alpine settlement of the Romans. The city has maintained its layout of Roman times: the roman camp, which according to Pliny the Younger was decorated with remarkable monuments, formed a basis for further urban development. The walls, built in the 12th century and still partly visible (Porta Torre), were an extension of the Roman walls from Imperial times and contain the town's historical centre which is still called the "città murata" (=the walled city).

What to see

  • Inside of the cathedral The cathedral, built between XIV and XVIII centuries, which is connected to the ancient town hall of the city, the "broletto"
  • The church of Sant'Abbondio, with beautiful paintings dating to the 11th century.
  • The Casa del Fascio, designed by Giuseppe Terragni, possibly his most famous work;
  • The Museo Storico Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • The Museo Didattico della Seta
  • The Museo Civico Museo Archeologico "P. Giovio"
  • The Tempio Voltiano (Volta Museum) on the shores of Lake Como.

Where to stay