Como is a commune and a city nestled in the northern region of Lombardy, Italy. It has a population of roughly 84,000 currently. Como is generally considered to be one of the most stunning and scenic places in Lombardy and the commune itself is often dominated by the magnificent Lake Como that touches the northern edge of the city.
Como has been inhabited since the Bronze Age by Celtic settlers and in the first century BC, it became a part of the Roman Empire. Due to its position at the edge of the vast Lake Como, the city has always occupied an essential role in Lombardy and in the Middle Ages, it was a point of business and trade. During this period of expansion a defensive network was raised which included a chain of watchtowers. The Baradello is one such tower you can still see today. After its defeats by the French and Austrians, Como was ultimately united into the Kingdom of Italy in 1859.
Today Como is a world famous tourist destination. Its nearness to Lake Como and to the Alps has made Como a popular spot for holidays. Many people gather here to sightsee the imposing Lake Como and the beauty of the natural landscape around it. The city of Como itself has a host of historical structures, fine restaurants and interesting museums. Additionally, there is a number of beautiful villages and towns such as Menaggio, Bellagio and Cernobbio, surrounding the lake.
What to see and do in Como
There is much to appreciate and experiece in Como. The city holds numerous works of art, gardens, museums, churches, theatres, gardens and palaces such as the Duomo, seat of the Diocese of Como; the Villa Olmo; the Basilica of Sant'Abbondio; the public gardens by the Tempio Voltiano; the 20th century Casa del Fascio; the Teatro Sociale, and the city's medieval town hall (the Broletto).
The cathedral in Como is certainly the most striking building in the city and is distinguished for its beautiful architecture. This church is devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and was built in the 14th century. It was built in the Gothic design and was not entirely finished until the 18th century. The front façade displays ornate stonework and stone statues, and is crowned with a series of small decorative towers. The interior is richly decorated and one of the main features is the central dome – this is covered with golden artwork and lovely embellishment. Moreover, the interior is massive and the various columns, naves and arches are all outstanding. When visiting Como, this superb structure is a must-see.
Museo Storico Giuseppe Garibaldi
This museum is located in a building that used to be a palace and is found on the Piazza Medaglie. The historic museum of Giuseppe Garibaldi has a succession of richly adorned rooms that have been renovated to present life in several Italian eras. Additionally, the museum contains artefacts from Como and the adjacent area. The museum is definitely a fascinating place worth a visit.
Basilica di Sant’Abbondio
The Basilica of Saint Addondio is set a little out of the city center. The original church was built in the 11th century and the current Romanesque church was constructed over it by the Benedictines. The facade of the church is quite simple and features plain stonework and a large main entrance. On the inside, the interior has a set of vast stone columns and an elaborately decorated main altar. The altar has a striking colorful series of frescos portraying various religious figures and a stunning gold and blue ceiling.
Como Archaeological Museum
The Como Archaeological Museum is found in the Palazzo Giovio. It exhibits many artefacts that were excavated within the Como region. These archeological finds date as far back as the time of the ancient Greeks and present a really remarkable look at the historical past of Como and its people during the years. You can assume to find an array of jewelry, pottery, stonework, agricultural implements and more. Each item is presented with care and possesses an informative display about the item and its history.
Boat ride on Lake Como
One of the best ways to see Lake Como and admire the lovely scenery that surrounds it is to take a boat ride from Como itself. You can choose from a varied range of tour organizers and boat operators that offer excursions on the lake. You can take a charming boat ride that simply journeys on the lake as a guide explains about the history of the different landmarks that you pass, or you can opt for one-way boat rides from Como to stop over at some of the nearby towns like Bellagio. Either way, you are sure to have an up-close and personal experience with Lake Como!
Activities at the Lake
The varied scenery of Lake Como and the region around it provide a great place for extreme sports. It does not matter if you are a novice or an expert – there are many companies that offer a range of sports and outdoor activities for those who would like to try something new. Lake Como Adventures in particular offers Canyoning – this consists of jumping, rappelling and sliding your way through a series of cliffs and canyons to get to the water or ground below. This is a truly exciting way to travel around Lake Como and you can find some really spectacular settings such as the canyons at Lenno and Porlezza!
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