Como's Roman heritage is not visible, apart from some re-used columns in its churches and buildings and, possibly, a little of the street layout in Citta Murana.
But if you walk down to Porta Vittoria and take the subway (underground pedestrian crossing) under the busy Viale Cattaneo/Viale Battistini you will find a little bit of Roman wall (from the Roman city walls) exposed in the subway itself.
There are more remains in the grounds of a nearby school: the Porta Pretoria, excavated in 1914 and originally consisting of two arched entrances with two octagonal towers.
Recent excavations suggest that these remains date from the foundation of the town in 59BC.
I didn't manage to get as far as the remains in the school grounds, I'm afraid.
I'can't describe it. Just go there. An amazing little square on the lake side. With a small harbour and a romanic church. It's not a touristy place...you can find the real Como Lake, with fishermen, boats and...persic-fish risotto (try at the Belvedere restaurant, just on the left side of the main square).
Torno it's on the way to Bellagio, 5 km from Como.
Don't miss it.
Best known for its mesmerizing view of Lake Como, there is Parco Olmo behind the Villa that boasts lovely hidden treasures. Find them, and you'll tread the paths less travelled.
Photo 1) Here is what you see as you pass through the archway between the Villa and the restaurant.
Photo 2) Not the namesake tree (olmo) but a majestic tribute nonetheless
Al Marnich is nature resort in the mountains overlooking some of the most beautiful valleys, high peaks and woodlands around Como. At 750 metres above sea level this enchanting retreat is a perfect location for nature lovers. It overlooks the d’Intelvi valley, not far from the Swiss border. Either by day and by night, its Alpine panoramic splendour will take your breath away.
Al Marnich is a natural reservoir of Earth’s harmonic energies. A perfect location for meditation, reflexion and recreation. Writers and authors especially find it stimulating for their creative work.
Getting there is easy. You drive North along on the ancient road that was once used by Rome’s legions. Follow the signs that mark the way to ‘Menaggio’. Going towards Argegno, take a left at the sign indicating Schignano. Indications to Al Marnich are well sign-posted along the way. Ten kilometres later, you have successfully arrived at this quaint little sanctuary.
The cottage setup is homely and inviting. Rooms have their own fireplace amongst its rustic surroundings. A feeling of peace and joy abides here and you forget your worldly challenges. The owners, Emanuele and Giulia have a way of making their guests feel special.
You will meet other guests who come from France, Holland, Germany, the U.K., the U.S.A., Australia, South Africa etc… All regular visitors to this magical kingdom made up of stone, wood, water, fire and earth. One of the most pleasurable moments you’ll always remember will be the many international friendships started during your stay. Goats, donkeys, deer, foxes, badgers and many wild birds also have their place here. If you like the idea of eating home style meals (home grown and organic), drinking superb Italian wine while sitting in front of a soothing fireplace, then you should visit Al Marnich. Guaranteed, you will be doing yourself a personal favour. Oh yes, and bring a camera with you to capture those magical moments. There will be much you’ll want to remember.
A funicular railway in Como takes you up to the village of Brunate, at a height of 2200m. From there you get magnificent views of Como, the Lake, the surrounding countryside and on a clear day, the Alps.
On the top there are some lovely walks and there are paths back down to Como if you feel energetic enough to walk down.
Eh... Milano... What to say... A HUGE messy city I'm not so fond of :) but many people are! :) A center of fashion and industry, a big whirlpool of everything and everybody... Not as beautiful as other Italian towns, but even if so, it has some charm. I love its downtown and parks. And the magnifcant and impressive Duomo is its trade mark! :)
It's very close to Como, and there is direct high way.
We went to Villa Olmo´s garden just before closing time (some time late evening), it was already dark and it was kind of romantic to walk in the garden with the beautiful Villa Olmo lit up behind us. Once we got closer to the building we statrted hearing the croak of the frogs. it came from the fountain in front of the villa, I coundn´t see the frogs, but the sounds were really big!! I don´t know if they were mating or what was happening, but I´ve never heard such a croak before! It was pretty funny. There were quite a few people just standing around the fountain, listening and smiling.
Villa olmo is located on the shore. You just walk along the shore and you´ll get there.
Ticosa is the Como shame!
Ticosa was (till 70s) a big dyeing plant. They worked expecially for silk trade.
Every morning, my parents told me, the little Como river (or better a brook ) was differently coulored: one day pink, the day after yellow....
So Ticosa was closed.
But the old factory building was totally neglected, though many projects have been made.
Now, Ticosa looks as in this pic and it is inhabited by many homeless persons.
If you arrive to Como by car, from south (i.e. from Milano or Malpensa airport or....) you will cross Piazza Camerlata (Camerlata is a neighborhood of Como).
You will notice a strange big white fountain made by cement spheres and circles.
It was made by the architect Cattaneo from a project by Sant'Elia.
Well, now you are in Como!
Along the enchanting Passegiatta Lino Gelpi you will find this tribute commissioned in 1997 by Gianni Versace - not surprising that it depicts Medusa.
Via Vittani is in the city center, but many people forget it.
This street is very nice for itself, and here you will find CTS office, nice shops and nice restaurants and wine shops.
The hostel is about 20 minutes walk from the trainstation or the centre of Como. It is clean and...more
We had a very small room, but has a balcony overlooking the lake. The shower stall does not have a...more
Initially I passed right by the hotel because the front gate looked too majestic to actually be the...more