It may look like a classical temple, but the Tempio Voltiano is actually a science museum, dedicated to the physicist Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), who was born in Como. Volta is particularly famous for his invention of an early form of electric battery in 1799.
Admission to the museum costs €3.
The ground floor has showcases of apparatus, including a massive battery comprising a number of large jars. A sheet describing the contents of the display cases in English is available. The upper gallery is about his life, from his childhood to adult fame, including his meeting with Napoleon.
The building was erected in 1927 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Volta's death.
The Museum is situated adjacent to a small park which has several café bars, minigolf and various children’s rides.
Tuesday - Sunday:
October - March: 10.00-12.00/14.00-16.00
April - September: 10.00-12.00/15.00-18.00
Closed on Mondays
People may come over to the lakeside park to visit the Tempio Voltiano but whilst you're here don't miss the Caduti Monument nearby.It's a modern looking monument commemmorating Como's fallen of WW1.
In fact it was constructed in 1931 in a futuristic style and at 33 metres high is an imposing monument quite different from most other war memorials I've come across.
Even if you don't come over to the park to visit the Tempio Voltiano you should wander over to take a look at this unusual monument.
Next to Tempio Voltiana, also by the lake, is Monumento ai Caduti, a 33 metre tall grey concrete structure. This monument , which is a monument over men fallen in the first world war, were built between 1931-33, and it is made by the Italian architect Giuseppe Terragni.
Tempio Voltiana is built in a neoclassical style and has a beautiful location by Lake Como. It was built in honour of Alessandro Volta, who in 1800 developed the first electrical cell. Volta came from Como and worked here. In Tempio Voltiana there is a museum over his work and here you can see some of his original instruments and documents.
Admission to the museum is 3 Euro.
It is open between 10 - 12 and 14 - 16 on Tuesdays - Sundays in November - March. In April - October it is open between 10 - 12 and 15 - 18. The museum is closed on Mondays.
This monument to the European Resistance Movement takes some time to view. No matter what time of day you visit this monument, there is an ominous cast of shadows. It is dedicated to the many Europeans who were condemned to death - it comprises stones from the Nazi extermination camps and the tragedy of Hiroshima. This war, indeed, will cast a shadow throughout the history of mankind. You will be drawn to the remarks of victims from so many countries inscribed along the paths leading to the center of the monument.
I do not pass by it without reading another inscription.
Here we have the Tempio Volta - bet you guessed it - Alessandro Volta invented the battery inn the 18th century and the "volt" bears his name.
A lovely little museum on the lake side of the path leading from Piazza Cavour
Lungo Lario Marconi
Tues to Sun
[invernale] 10.00 - 12.00, 14.00 - 16.00
[estivo] 10.00 - 12.00, 15.00 - 18.00
Tempio Voltano (Volta Temple) was built in 1927 to celebrate the first centennial of Alessando Volta's death, the great Italian physicist who was born in Como. The temple was designed by the architect Federico Frigerio, in order to preserve and exibit relics, documents and paintings belonged to the great scientist.
This is a monument to the great scientist Alessandro Volta who comes from Como.
It's situated right by the lakeside in the downtown.
Alessandro Volta was actually a count! Born in Como, into a noble family, Count Volta was a physicist and pioneer in the study of electricity. "Volt," named after Count Volta, is a measurement of electricity. Count Volta also made discoveries in electrostatics, meteorology and pneumatics. His most famous invention, however, is the first battery.