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    Volta Statue.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 11, 2014

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    Alessandro Volta was born in Como on February 18th 1745. As a small child he did not even learn to speak until he was four years old. His family believed him to be retarded. Instead he turned out to be a genius. Volta is credited with the invention of the battery. He also discovered methane gas. Volta was a professor of experimental physics at the University of Pavia for almost forty years. He died on March 5th 1827.

    Alessandro Volta.
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    Brunate

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 11, 2014

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    The Church of Sant Andrea is worth visiting if you take the funicular to Brunate. We especially liked the nativity scene and baby Jesus.

    There are several walks from Brunate. One is to a lighthouse on top of the mountain - about 30 minutes walk from the funicular.

    Brunate had lots of spectacular villas.

    Volta lived in Brunate for a while. I am beginning to feel we were following him around.

    Nativity scene in Sant Andrea Church. Baby Jesus -  Sant Andrea Church. Sant Andrea Church. Looking towards the lighthouse - Brunate. Over the rooftops, Brunate.
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    Monumento ai Caduti per Servicio

    by basstbn Written Mar 22, 2013

    En route to the train station for our departure from Como, we paused to consider this impressive sculpture of two hands. What was its significance?

    Only recently did I get around to researching it, and I found the answer on Leigh McAdams' "Hike Bike Travel" web page. McAdams' rough translation of its plaque reads: "One hand is actively serving the country in defense of institutional values. The other hand is wounded in the line of duty."

    Link to article: http://hikebiketravel.com/11874/travel-photo-thursday-hands-sculpture-como-italy/

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    Christmas Market

    by angiebabe Written Nov 18, 2011

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    I arrived just after new year and there were still a few Christmas stalls in the centre with interesting Italian Christmassy items and produce from the locality - always makes an interesting cultural thing to do to take a look and see whats on offer - and always makes some interesting photo opportunities

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    Piazzas and Passageways

    by starship Updated Aug 14, 2011

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    The great thing about old, European cities is that they are so totally different, so special that you might feel as though you are in a time warp. Sometimes it's difficult for your mind to absorb this different universe, this different life ... maybe a way of life that you'd like to try. In fact, all the places I have visited in Italy have given me that feeling.

    Though Como is a very small town, it has more than its fare share of piazzas or squares not to mention the scenic lakeside promenade. Sometimes trying to see all the sights isn't really seeing at all. One of the small, sidewalk cafes in some narrow passage gives an excellent viewpoint from which to "study" the life in Como. Do a little shopping and people watching from the quaint markets and plazas here to really see Como. You'll find that perhaps the towns around Lago di Como have a slightly cosmopolitan feel.

    Picture by Marlaine - Washington Chorus

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    Take A Boat to Varenna and Menaggio

    by AnnS Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The beauty of Lake Como is best appreciated from the water and a variety of boats run regularly between Como and other pretty lakeside towns. On the way you can admire gorgeous villas of the rich and famous.

    In my opinion, the most picturesque of the towns is Varenna and if you go out of season, you can virtually have the place to yourself. Stop for lunch at one of the little restaurants right on the lakeside.

    When you've seen Varenna, take another short boat ride across the lake to Menaggio, which is also very pretty and an ideal place to have a walk along the lakeside promenade, wander round the little shops and enjoy a coffee at one of the cafes.

    Varenna Varenna Looking back at Varenna from the boat to Menaggio Menaggio Lakefront Promenade in Menaggio

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    Take A Boat To Bellagio

    by AnnS Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bellagio is one of the best known tourist towns on Lake Como and is easy reached by boat from Como town. In October, when I visited, there were only a couple of coach parties in town so I was able to enjoy it without the crowds.

    The main town is full of little cobbled streets, lined with small shops (many of them souvenir shops) and numerous cafes but it's situation at a bifurcation of Y-shaped Lake Como means there's more to the place than immediately meets the eye.

    If you walk out of the main centre, up into the 'interior' and down the other side, it takes you to a beautiful place on the other fork of the lake and I don't think the coach parties discover it. It's very tranquil and a joy to walk around but as it's mainly residential, take a drink with you.

    Bellagio Bellagio Bellagio... off the the main tourist trail The quieter side of Bellagio A little street on the quieter side of Bellagio

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    mountain lighthouse!

    by Flamegirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you have the time, take the funicular railway up to Brunate, a little village resting on the top of the mountain with splendid views of Como and beyond to the Swiss Alps. For those passionate about hiking, you can walk along the top of the mountain ridge between Como and Bellagio, still with splendid views, and rest at one of the many retreats.

    It is worth going up simply for the panorama, but if you are interested by science or history there is a curiosity on this mountain:

    On the top of the mountain, overlooking the inland Lake Como, there is a lighthouse!! (this struck me as rather strange!) which you can walk up to. It was built in honour of Alessandro Volta (there is also a "temple" or museum dedicated to him in the park by the lake, near the football stadium).

    Volta is famous for inventing the battery, and gave his name to the volt (for his biography see www.tin.it/alessandrovolta/inglese/alevol/vita/vita1.html )

    The other website listed below gives more information and good pictures, although the site itself is in Italian.

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    Birthplace of Volta

    by starship Updated Mar 28, 2011

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    Alessandro Volta was an important man of his day and should be of ours too. He is credited with inventing the battery and also messure of electricity, hence the word "volt." Como, appropriately, has placed a somber statue of the man in a square of his own, Piazza Volta. "Tempio Voltiano" is an architectural temple housing some of his early apparatus among marble columns and mosaic floors.

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    Basilica di San Fedele

    by starship Updated Mar 28, 2011

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    One of the two most recognizable buildings in Como, the Basilica di San Fedele, is located in the center of the old, walled city. The Romanesque-style church is situated on the former sight dedicated to Santa Eufemia, but was renamed San Fedele when the remains of the martyr were buried there.

    Behind the basilica on the Piazza Medagalie d'Oro is the Palazzo Giovio that is today the home of the Archaelogical Museum of Como.

    A street market was being held in the piazza in front of basilica on the Saturday I was there with the towns people selling crafts and other small souvenirs. Unfortunately, the lack of time prevented me from taking a long look at all the offerings.

    Basilica di San Fedele and Saturday Market
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    What IS this??

    by icunme Updated Oct 7, 2009

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    Keep an eye out for unusual foilage, flowers, plants - I'm betting you find something you've not seen before.
    These berries grace the wall outside the little studio where we stay. My nephew doesn't know their name but he says the Italians make a particular liqueur with them. Your input would be welcome........

    VT friend, Pawtuxet advises that this is Pokeberry - birds eat it - we don't - further, that Pokeberry ink was used to write the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
    Thank you, Janet!

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    Volta Lighthouse

    by MalenaN Written Mar 6, 2009

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    The Volta Lighthouse is standing on a hill in San Maurizio, 150 metres above Brunate. From Brunate you can follow a walking path up to the lighthouse and it takes less than 30 minutes to walk there.

    When I visited the lighthouse was closed. Otherwise you can pay an admission and climb to the top of the lighthouse for wonderful views over the Alps and the surrounding lowland. Even if the lighthouse is closed you will get some great views down on Cernobbio and the valley towards Switzerland and the Alps.

    The lighthouse was built in memory of Alessandro Volta (who developed the first electrical cell) and was designed by the engineer Gabriele Giussani. It opened up in 1927 on the 100-year anniversary of Voltas death.

    Crosses in front of the lighthouse The Lighthouse The Lighthouse The walking path View over Cernobbio
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    Auguri - greetings in the Lights of Night

    by icunme Written Feb 5, 2008

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    If you visit Como during the Christmas season, you are in for very special treats because the Comune of Como goes all out - from extra little trains that take you around the lakeside to the lighted streets. This is the street where we stay when we're here - Via Milano.

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    Skater or Spectator - its a joy!

    by icunme Updated Dec 4, 2007

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    The young people are having a great time ice skating every day here by the lake at Piazza Cavour. Didn't bring your skates? Rent them right there by the rink.
    The rink is surrounded by lovely A-shaped vendor booths with just the best handcrafts and delicasies from the area.

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    Day Trip To Milan

    by AnnS Written Oct 23, 2006

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    Milan is just 40 minutes by train from Como. Make sure you catch one to Milan Central Station though, because there are several stations in Milan and I went to the wrong one and ended up in the back of beyond.

    Milan is an interesting city, although not packed full of goodies like Rome, Florence or Venice. Treasures are there but you have to seek them out.

    As I only had one day there, I chose just a few things to see... the Duomo and Opera House (which were both clad in scaffolding) and the Brera Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera) which is home to Caravaggio's marvellous painting 'Supper at Emmaus'.

    And, of course, you can't possibly visit Milan without at least a quick look at the designer shops and I recommend a stop for a drink at one of the elegant cafes in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. A cup of coffee there costs you a bit more than in other places but it's well worth it, just to watch the exquisitely dressed people passing by.

    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele Milan Duomo Magnificent stained glass window in the Duomo Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Gallery)
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