Como Travel Guide

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    Typical northern Italy landscape.
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Como Highlights

  • Pro
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    AnnS says…

     Breathtaking scenery, excellent food and drink, a good base for exploring the region. 

  • Con
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     packed with tourists in the summer; people can be a bit snobbish 

  • In a nutshell
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     I found Como to be beautiful, relaxing and pure Italian. Set in a valley at the edge of the Alps, the foggy mornings gave way to sunny days. 

Como Things to Do

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  • Funicular Como/Brunate

    Exit the train station, walk to the lake, then go right, you will reach the funicular. We were able to use it for free with our seven day Lombardy train pass, but we had to show our pass at the ticket office first and get issued with return tickets. When you get off at the top, go down the steps to the viewing platform before exiting the...

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  • Duomo - Cathedral

    Como Cathedral is located on Duomo Square. It is a beautiful building attached to Como's medieval town hall with its large tower. In Italian it is called the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta; the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The construction of the cathedral began in 1396, 10 years after the foundation of Milan...

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  • Como Historic Center

    The original church on the site dated from the sixth century and was dedicated to St Euphemia. The current structure dates from the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The architectural style is Romanesque. The layout comprises three irregular naves in a central unit crossed by ambulatories (a sort of clover-leaf shape), with women's galleries above....

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  • Lakeside promenade

    It's a pleasant walk round the lake from the ferry pier to the Villa Olmo, or it will be shortly, when the redevelopment of the lakeside promenade is complete. When I visited in July 2013, part of the new walkway was open, but it wasn't possible to go all the way along, so we had to make a slight detour. After that, you pass the Tempio Voltiano...

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  • Villa Olmo

    The Villa Olmo is a neoclassical villa located by the lake shore. It was built at the end of the eighteenth century. It is named after a great elm tree which once grew in the grounds and was supposedly mentioned by Pliny the Younger. Today it is used for exhibitions. Openining hours Tuesday to Thursday: from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday: from...

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  • Monuments & Museums

    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,...

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Como Restaurants

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  • Pasticceria Monti

    This is a typical local cafe that has everything except politeness, especially for the turists. The staff and supervisor were rude when we asked for complimentary chips and olives with our beer (6.50e) and said that they don't give. Well that was wrong as all the other tables with locals were full of them and sure they did not ask, as many were...

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  • Lakeside Cafe

    In the Como downtown there is this cute and nice boat café, where they serve very delicious ice cream! It´s also a perfect place to hide when there is the rain, as it was in my case. But don´t go there when the lake is wavy if you suffer from sea nausea, as it shakes a lot! :) Sorry for the horrible photo, but on a rainy afternoon this was the best...

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  • Anonimous

    This is a brewery, a very large one where you are supposed to drink their beer.May be I am getting old but when I go for a beer I expect a more intimate place where tables are not one next to other like in a work canteen.The service is fast, may be even too fast and the food is nothing special. It is not expensive.

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  • seafood, but not only

    Very nice restaurant located in the old town of Como. This restaurant offres above all Sardinian dishes, especially fish and seafood ones. It suites very good if you are looking for a romantic place, for an elegant party or just to have very good quality food.The prices are very high, and the portions are NOT huge, but for a special occasion it is...

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  • Excellent pizza

    Down in the backstreets of Como on the Via Armando Diaz is the contemporary Le Soste Como and their excellent pizzas.Built into the ground floor of the 18th century building, its all arches and exposed brickwork and, whilst over-busy in terms of design (there's just too much going on and in reality needs plain and straight white walls) it's...

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  • Great coffee and even better view

    Needing coffee? Want a view? Then Le Molo is the perfect answer.Extremely friendly little cafe that in spite of its location with a superb view of the lake seems to be more popular with the locals than tourists. Grab a table on the outside terrace and watch the world walk past you and enjoy the views looking westwards towards the neoclassical Villa...

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Como Nightlife

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  • Cinemas

    In Como there are 4 cinemas: -Cinema Astoria-Via XX Settembre,5- 031262170 3 screens -Cinema Astra-Via G.Cesare, 3-031261234 -Cinema Gloria-Via Varesina,72-031523995 -Cinema Politeama-viale Cavallotti, 1- 031273000

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  • A Friendly Bar in Como

    Il Birrivico is one of the friendliest bars you'll ever come across. It doesn't matter if you can't speak Italian, or whether you're young or old. You'll get a big welcome in here regardless.What's more they have a great choice of drinks on offer, especially beer.It's not in the centre of town so it takes a bit more of an effort to find it. It's...

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  • A nice old brewery

    A nice little brewery, opened since 1970 i guess. A cheap place where you can eat crepes, sandwiches and drink beer, tea or infusions. You will also find (for free) a lot of board games like Risk, Monopoly, Trivial, etc...It's a kind of historical location in Como , you can't miss it!P.S. The owner is a funny old lady from Netherlands, the pub...

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Como Transportation

  • Trains

    We flew into Bergamo Orio Al Serio airport and spent a night in Bergamo before travelling to Como the following day. Although the distance from Bergamo is only around 30 miles (50km) there is no direct route by train. Another thing to bear in mind is that Como has several railway stations. The two main ones being Como San Giovanni and Como Largo...

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  • Ferry

    Headed to Como from one of the picturesque lake-side villages? There are a couple of options, including train from a few, bus, or a speedy ferry. We chose the slow way - the "slow boat to Como," we called it. It takes several hours and stops at a number of villages to take on or drop off passengers. If you're not on a demanding, tight schedule,...

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  • Bus/Auto/Taxi

    Because of conference arrangements, a mini-van had taken us up to Bellagio. To experience a different form of travel, on our return we took the bus down along the lake to Como. Besides the bus being a very inexpensive and good way to travel, the road from Bellagio afforded you great views of small towns hugging the lake and a chance to save some...

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Como Shopping

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  • Shopping/Festivals/Markets

    Shopping is rarely part of our traveling itinerary. We rarely buy anything, but we do look around at local crafts and products while visiting. Como is best known for beautiful, locally-made silks which Nancy viewed in store windows. Scarves and other neck ware were shown in abundance, and would likely be the best buy in Como. She found other shops...

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  • Home of Silk

    Shopping is rarely part of our traveling itinerary. We rarely buy anything, but we do look around at local crafts and products while visiting. Como is best known for beautiful, locally-made silks which Nancy viewed in store windows. Scarves and other neck ware were shown in abundance, and would likely be the best buy in Como. She found other shops...

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  • Goods from the region

    It was just great fun shopping here - the best of the region was assembled in lovely little wooden concession stands. I found intricate carved wooden toys for the kids back home - and some cozy washable woolen slippers for myself. Could not resist the meats, cheeses, lake fish, nuts and dried fruit.

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Como Local Customs

  • Festivals/Holidays/Celebratios

    I visited Como the last week in February, so it was carnival season. Children have a week holiday from school and they can be seen in different masquerade costumes (especially the younger ones) and sometimes their parents too. In Como there was a big parade on the Sunday I visited, but I just saw some glimpses of it. In streets and squares,...

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  • Carnival

    I visited Como the last week in February, so it was carnival season. Children have a week holiday from school and they can be seen in different masquerade costumes (especially the younger ones) and sometimes their parents too. In Como there was a big parade on the Sunday I visited, but I just saw some glimpses of it. In streets and squares,...

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  • Love padlocks

    To the railing at the end of the pier in Como I noticed some padlocks. This is a quite new tradition that seems to spread quickly. To declare the bond between them forever couples put a padlock, sometimes with their names engraved on it, to a railing over a bridge and then they throw the key into the water. The custom is believed to have begun in...

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Como Warnings and Dangers

  • Violent supporters?

    I’ve seen three of the most highrisk-games involving Como, and I’ve never had any trouble. But you should be a bit careful if you attend a game between Como and one of their friends. Not staying in the stadium-area too long after the game and so on.

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  • Como - 10th Cent. Grandeur Meets 21st...

    Be prepared. As we walked through the beautifully cobbled streets of the old walled section of the city we were of course loving the ambience created by the old world structures of the streets. Lined with shops and cafes the streets were alive with people going about there business and school children flirting with each other. But it was also...

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  • Parking!!

    Be warned: Como is in Italy, but it is close enough to the Swiss border that they DO enforce their laws, unlike in many other parts of the peninsular. This includes parking; sadly it is more expensive to park (or do anything) now with the Euro, but it's worthwhile parking in a proper, designated car park. Watch out for the spaces watched over by...

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Como Off The Beaten Path

  • Border Italy/Switzerland

    From Como it is easy to take the train to either Lugano or Bellinzona in Switzerland. They are both beautiful places and worth a visit. Bellinzona Since 2000 the three castles, Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbarco, have been an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bellinzona has a beautiful location. It is situated by Ticino River in Ticino Valley...

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  • Lakeside Towns/Villages

    I had been in VEnice and Trento for a drive around a few days before Christmas and ran out of time to see more of Lombardy so I flew back on New Years Eve and drove up along Lake Maggiore in beautiful sunshine and a beautiful sunset to Lugano and stayed overnight on the way from there to Como....and got up to lots of snow everywhere. The day was...

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  • Brunate

    High up in the hills of Brunate is a house with a large plaque in front of it. A "famous" East European (I believe Bulgarian) writer should have been living here a while. Name: Penzo Slaveikov. Personally, I've never heared of the guy, but ... people who read his books eagerly, might see this house as well as a place to visit in Como.

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Como Sports & Outdoors

  • Water sports

    In Como, there are not many swimming pool, but someof them are very nice. Here below you can find the addresses: -Sinigaglia:viale Sinigaglia, tel 031 574750 -Centro Sportivo Casate: via Virgilio, 16, tel 031 505118 -Olimpica di Muggiò: piazza Azzurri d’Italia,1 tel 031 590750 -Villa Olmo -Como nuoto:Viale Geno 14, tel 031303490 e-mail:...

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  • Flying/Aero Club

    Aero Club Como offers airplane rentals (if you have the piloting license, of course :))), but only if you've got a good pocket, as it's a quite expensive hobby. You can also rent a tour over the lake, organized by the club. Even if you don't fly, it's always interesting to watch the planes taking off and landing on the lake! :) And then driving out...

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  • Villa Olmo Sports Center

    Swimming and Tennis are offered here at Villa Olmo - many people miss these as the signs are all the way around the Villa's right side.

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Como Favorites

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  • Lakeside promenade

    The beautiful pavement promenade is build all over the lakeshore of the town of Como, closing the both sides of the city port. The western side of the promenade is in particularly beautiful, offering deep shade in a hot summer time.

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  • Villa Olmo

    "The neoclassical inspiration of Simone Cantoni fully manifests itself in the design of the villa's facade; a central body with five wide entrances in the median zone, above which rise six Ionic style columns. The roof of the villa is surronded by a balustrade interrupted by a large coat of arms of the Visconti di Modrone dukes. Especially striking...

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  • Historical

    Thanks to VT's kokoryko, I did my research and have found most interesting information on Como:Population: approximately 90,000Located: Between Brunate Mount, Baradello Castle & the Lake.Pliny the Elder noted in his "Historiae Naturalis" that the original in habitants of the Como area were the Orobi who were overcomed by Insubre Gauls. According to...

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