This little girl was taking her job quite seriously. The entire scene was quite charming and even a local policeman standing beside me wanted to see the photo I took.
The police woman directing traffic there at Piazza Vittoria had a very busy day today but took time for this little girl. Only in Italia!!
Venture to Parco Olmo - behind the lakeside of Villa Olmo - and you will see a consistent stream of local Como residents running the paths of the the Park - even more so than at lakeside. Up here in the park they are not dodging bicycles or tourists.
Even the signs here are worded in such a gracious and mannerly way - we see "Rispetta il Verde" - "Respect the Green" - instead of, perhaps, "Keep Off the Grass"...........
Seen on the lawn at Villa Olmo
Nope - no fire here - this dragon spouts the best tasting water you will every find - even better than the public drinking fountains in bella Roma! He's right behind Piazza Cavour by the Lake.
Italian police is very friendly and helpful to the visitors. You can ask almost anything you want about the place and get useful answer or tip. Besides, they wont be angry at all if you take the picture of them while on duty, espacially if they like it.
Lots of locals practice fishing in Lake of Como water. While the others do it from the lakeshore, behind the huge monument to the victims of the war, this "signore" stands on the edge of tiny lake stretch, i hope he had more luck.
War Memorial, in the shape of a tower, stands on the lakeshore of Como. It houses a granite monolith inscribed with the names of 650 soldiers from Como who died during the First World War.
Seeing it from the distance, I thought it is the lighthouse standing in front of the Como harbour.
The theatre of Como was built on the site of a destroyed castle Torre Rotonda. Its neoclassic facade, designed by Giuseppe Cusi, is preceeded by a pronaos with six large Corinthian pillars.
In 1944 this theatre replaced La Scala of Milano which had been badly damaged during the war.
Back in 1159, Como aided the holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, called Barbarossa (Redbeard) in his defeat of Milan. At that time, Barbarossa had a castle built on the mountain overlooking Como - still there today - which is called Castel Baradello.
The Palio del Baradello (which dates back to the 1970s) takes its name from that castle, and its three competitions evoke the tournaments and celebrations of medieval times.
It takes place every September, and around a dozen teams representing different local villages take part, dressed up in mock-Medieval dress. It's also an excuse for processions in costume, historical reconstructions, food tasting and other attractions. The opening ceremony is the first Saturday of the month.
On the following day (the first Sunday) the competitions begin with the "giostra saracena", the jousting competition where participants race on horseback at a rotating Turk.
On the second Saturday you can see "la cariolata", almost like a wheelbarrow race where pairs of men race up and down the Via Milano, one pushing whilst the other sits on top, taking turns.
Lastly on the second Sunday comes the "regata delle lucie"; lucie are the old-fashioned Comasco boats (see my travelogue "more photos!" for a picture).
If you're in Como in September, it's worth taking a look!
"Caio Plinio, a naturalist and a scientist who was the author of the famous "Naturalis Historia", Plinio "the young", a politician and a literate, Paolo Giovio, a historian and bishop of Nocera, Pope Innocenzo XI and Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery. Inventiveness and initiative have always been the innate endowment of the people living in Como. In the archtectural field we must not forget that from our lake and from the nearby areas used to come the Maestri Comacini, that starting from the Medieval period, they used to be builders both in Italy and abroad. The construction of the majestic Cathedral (il Duomo di Como), that has been built thanks to the genius of the Maestri Comacini, was beguin in 1396 and continued for many centuries thanks to the work of many sculptors and artistsand it was finally completed in 1744; the front part, in particular constitutes a real jewel of the Gothic-Renaissance."
Villa Olmo is a favourite spot for taking photos of costumes for masquerade, especially in the carnival season. If you want to enjoy the various costumes, go there and wait. Maybe something interesting will come your way!
All the students usually go to study at the main city library. Here every afternoon after 2 pm, you can find many people and obviously many good books to read (also in english). The library is in the city center.
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