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Places to visit in Como

When you travel to Como, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Como, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Como to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Como things to do can include exploring Como attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Lakeside promenade

Perfect for a leisurely stroll bracing the majestic lake as you walk past it. There is the museum dedicated to Alessandro Volta (Tempio Voltiano), the adjoining park and the Como Aero Club where you might chance upon a seaplane taking off.

Brunate

Brunate is a very serene place, housing some of the posh houses and quaint churches in Como. This is the perfect place if you are looking to let your hair down and enjoy nature at its finest. You can go on refreshing walks on mountain tops or scale a lighthouse. A trip to Brunate also makes for amazing sceneries and is a photographer’s delight.

Como Cathedral

The “Catterdrale di Santa Maria Assunta” (Cathedral of the Assumption of our Lady Mary) is one of the most significant monuments of Northern Italy. A visit to the Cathedral is like a journey through time, from the remains of the ancient Romanesque cathedral on which construction began, to the Gothic architecture of its façade, to the paintings and statuary of the Renaissance period, to the Baroque decorations and finally the dome of Filippo Juav

Villa Olmo

Built at the end of the eighteenth century, this neo-classical villa is named after a great elm tree that once grew in this ground. It is believed that there is mention of its existence in one of the works of Pliny the Younger. Today there are numerous interesting exhibitions held.

Basilica of San Fedele

This twelfth-century church, dedicated to St. Fedele, was in fact built on the remains of an earlier church, dating back to the seventh century and which was dedicated to St. Euphemia. The door of St. Fedele is one of its most striking features, with Romanesque decorations carved on it.

Boat ride to Varenna and Menaggio

The beauty of the majestic lake can be best comprehended when you actually chart its waters on a boat to the string of the pretty lake-side islands. The most picturesque of them all is Varenna, quaint and serene. If you go out of season, you have the island practically to yourself. A short distance from Varenna is the island of Menaggio which is perfect for leisurely strolls under the sun with many cafes and shops around to ensure you have a good time.

Boat ride to Bellaggio

Bellagio is one of the most popular of Como’s lake-side islands. The streets filled with cobbled stones with cafes and quaint little shops open on either side of the street, this is the image of Italy that appears when one closes his/her eyes for a second. Bellagio is indeed that beautiful, and money spent on a boat-ride to the Bellagio is money well spent. As physically proved, Bellagio is more than what meets the eye.

Monumentoai Caduti per Servicio

This imposing sculpture of two hands which has a very deep symbolic meaning attached to it. The plaque in front of it reads, what can be roughly translated to, “While one hand is standing steadfast and defending the country’s institutional values, the other is slain in combat”.

Volta Statue

Alessandro Volta, the brain behind the modern day battery among many other inventions and discoveries is one of Como’s favourite sons. This area is dedicated to the great man and pays homage to his amazing body of work.

Basilica of San Carpoforo

One of the oldest churches in Como, it dates back to the fourth century and is believed to have been erected on the site of a temple dedicated to the Roman god Mercury.

Villa del Balbianello

Probably the most famous tourist attraction of Como, the Villa del Balbianello has been used for the shooting of countless films because of its stunning view and beauty. You can get here by car and walk a bit or park the car and take a boat. Either way there is a fair bit of walking involved, but the view of Lake Como is worth it.

Broletto di Como

The Broletto, or Town Hall, in Como was constructed in 1215, under the supervision of Bonardo, the mayor of Como. The architecture is a remarkable Gothic structure made from marble. The palace and the tower were built in honour of St. Abbondio, the patron saint of the city of Como. After being used as a theatre and a communal archive, it is now used for exhibitions and public events.

Casa del Fascio

One of Italy’s famous architectures, Giuseppe Terragni’s most commendable work, this has been hailed by many as revolutionizing modern European architecture. Built under the regime of Benito Mussolini, it currently houses the historical museum of the Guardia di Finanza 6th legion.

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