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Private Walking Tour Discovering Como
"Get ready for an amazing walking tour in the historical center of Como to discover its main highlights two hours long entirety by foot. The walk begins from Piazza Cavour the main square in town called “Comaschi’s living room” few steps away is the Piazza Volta with the monument of Alessandro Volta inventor of the first electric battery in 1799 .The ancient quarter Cortesella with old medieval houses makes you feel to be in a city with a deep and special soul; Via Vitani with its layout its simple but elegant grey stone architectures and fine stores takes us back to far periodsThe majestic white marble Duomo is the main highlight of Como downtown! It was built during four centuries (XIV-XVIII) and so it shows us its different ar
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Private Walking Tour Discovering Como
"Get ready for an amazing walking tour in the historical center of Como to discover its main highlights two hours long entirety by foot. The walk begins from Piazza Cavour the main square in town called “Comaschi’s living room” few steps away is the Piazza Volta with the monument of Alessandro Volta inventor of the first electric battery in 1799 .The ancient quarter Cortesella with old medieval houses makes you feel to be in a city with a deep and special soul; Via Vitani with its layout its simple but elegant grey stone architectures and fine stores takes us back to far periodsThe majestic white marble Duomo is the main highlight of Como downtown! It was built during four centuries (XIV-XVIII) and so it shows us its different ar
From EUR159.00
 
Private Walking Tour Discovering Como
"Get ready for an amazing walking tour in the historical center of Como to discover its main highlights two hours long entirety by foot. The walk begins from Piazza Cavour the main square in town called “Comaschi’s living room” few steps away is the Piazza Volta with the monument of Alessandro Volta inventor of the first electric battery in 1799 .The ancient quarter Cortesella with old medieval houses makes you feel to be in a city with a deep and special soul; Via Vitani with its layout its simple but elegant grey stone architectures and fine stores takes us back to far periodsThe majestic white marble Duomo is the main highlight of Como downtown! It was built during four centuries (XIV-XVIII) and so it shows us its different ar
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Daytrip to Switzerland - Lugano/Bellinzona

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 and has a strategic position along the route over the Alpine passes. A fortress was built already in Roman times, it was later added to by the Bishop of Como. When Bellinzona was under the control of the Dukes of Milan two more castles were built and they had, not only a good defence, but also control over the passing traffic and trade.
Below Castelgrande is the Old Town of Bellinzona with narrow cobbled streets, some squares and fine buildings, like the Town Hall with a courtyard with Renaissance arcades around.
I visited Bellinzona on a sunny day in February and I enjoyed my stay very much. I walked around in the Old Town, ate at a café and visited all three castles by foot.

Lugano
Lugano is a town with 57 000 inhabitants in southern Switzerland. It is a popular tourist destination in summer and that is easy to understand. The landscape around is beautiful with the Lake Lugano and the mountains. There are good opportunities for outdoor activities in the surroundings and in the city there are some museums, parks and an Old Town.
I visited Lugano a sunny day in February (on a daytrip from Italy). When I arrived in the morning there was a haze and the mountains on the opposite side of the lake could not be seen. When I came back in late afternoon it was clear and the landscape looked totally different.

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Apr 04, 2009

See Switzerland

From the lighthouse and the plateaus around you can see Switzerland, first of all the border and Chiasso, the first Swiss town after crossing the border. From up there it looks as one town, and practically it is merged to Italy, it is funny how borders don't exist in the air. :-)
Also, the plateaus near the lighthouse are very suitable for relaxing and play (I guess that's why there are so many kids). There are also lovely hikes.

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Aurorae
May 13, 2005

Balcone d'Italia

Easily reachable from Como is another interesting point above lake Lugano, it is so called Balcone d'Italia (the balcony of Italy), near Lanzo d'Intelvi. It's a wonderful viewpoint at over 1300m overlooking the valley of Lugano, and entire Lugano lake, the Swiss Alps, and it's the last piece of soil of Italy, under the balcony there is Switzerlnd already! :)
The view from there and the sunsets are stunning.
There is a nice bar/restaurant, so go in the afternoon, enjoy the day light view and stay for the sunset, taking something in the bar, or even having a dinner.
The mountain you can see in the back as a sort of a "hunch" is Monte Rosa, over 4000m high!!!

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Aurorae
Feb 03, 2005

Lugano

Lugano is veeeeeeery near Como, I'm not sure exactly (you can check that out), but definitely between 15 and 25km away, not more! However, you'll have to cross the border, since Switzerland is not in the EU. If you have an adequate passport, you might not even need it, only an ID card, like Italians for instance. My minority needs not only the passport, but a Swiss visa as well.
Lugano is on the namesake lake, Lago di Lugano, that is shared between Switzerland and Italy.

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Feb 03, 2005
 
 
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departure by car

Leaving Como by car, travelling towards north, you'll meet Italy-Switzerland border.
The first Swiss city is Chiasso, the last Como neighborhood is Ponte Chiasso.
Rememeber: fuel your car in Switzerland!

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Basilica di San Fedele

If you're not totally burnt out on visiting old churches by the time you get to Como, let me recommend the Basilica of San Fedele as well worthy of checking out. It is a quiet and soothing refuge from...
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Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

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...
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Piazza Cavour

Roam around the streets to see the old buildings in a range of periods - prominent feature of the Como skyline when looking from across the lake and huge when looking down from the viewpoint on the...
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Villa Olmo

Villa Olmo is the most famous villa in Como (the town), and the most important one. It's situated a bit outside of city center, along the beautiful lake promenade full of nice villas. It's in the...
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Isola Comacina

Isola Comacina is a beautiful island in lake Como, just across and very near to Sala Comacina, a charming little town on the shore. At Isola Comacina there are many villas, one of them was used in the...
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Villa Melzi

The Villa Melzi is a short walk from the centre of Bellagio along a promenade lined with oleander trees. The Villa was built between 1808 and 1810 for Francesco Melzi d'Eril, who was vice president...
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