Como Travel Guide

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Como Things to Do

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  • Funicular

    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 - Cattedrale di Santa Maria...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Citta Murata - Historical Center

    I found the best way to visit Como's Citta Murata was to just wander around the streets soaking up the atmosphere. There are a few museums and historical attractions here but the highlight is undoubtedly the Duomo and its adjacent buildings in the Piazza Duomo. Another spot worth finding time for is Piazza Fedele where you can easily spend quite a...

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  • Walks

    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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  • Lake

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Simply grabbed the "lake taxi" up to Bellagio - but the views are fantastic along the way....with lots of villas, towns, and majestic mountains, there's not really a moment that goes by where you're not taking pictures

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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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Como Hotels

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Como Restaurants

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  • Il Gatto Nero

    Located in a small villa on the hills of Cernobbio overlooking Lake Como, il Gatto Nero is one of the musts when visiting the area. Dining takes place on two terraces with incredible views over the lake, which is why we decided to have our first lunch here in May 2015, and needless to say, it was a most memorable welcome meal. Although the food was...

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  • Pasticceria Monti

    2 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Incomparable Views...

    Located in a small villa on the hills of Cernobbio overlooking Lake Como, il Gatto Nero is one of the musts when visiting the area. Dining takes place on two terraces with incredible views over the lake, which is why we decided to have our first lunch here in May 2015, and needless to say, it was a most memorable welcome meal. Although the food was...

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  • Local osteria

    On researching restaurants in Como prior to the trip, the top restaurants that always came up were high end and served fancier versions of Italian dishes. All we wanted was to experience local trattorie with simple traditional food, so we had trouble figuring out where to have dinner especially given the plethora of tourist-oriented restaurants in...

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  • Saved the best for last...

    Checkered table cloths. No menu. No wine list. Run by a couple (at least I think they are). Home made pasta. What more could one ask for?! I stumbled upon Osteria del Gallo while walking around Como on my last morning and decided it was going to be our lunch that day and last meal in Como. The osterial actually functions as a wine shop too, so you...

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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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  • Snack bar & Gelatria

    This old boat, called Lario, is turned into the snack bar and gelateria. It is situated in the harbour of Como offering drinks and ice-dream in the enjoyable "sea-wolf" amosphere of its interiors while gently swinging on the water. Besides, since it is situated in the middle of the lakeshore promenade, there is no better place for people wathing...

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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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Como Transportation

  • Trains

    Very easy indeed. Trains run from Milan Nord Cadorna and Milan Centrale stations. Trains from Milan Centrale arrive at Como San Giovanni (Trenitalia) station, trains from Cadorna arrive at Como Nord Lago (very near the lakeside and ferry pontoons) and Como Nord Borghi (both Trenord stations). Journey times (under an hour) and fares vary according...

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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 General

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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

    Villa Olmo Located along the South West shores of Lake Como is this lovely palace facing the lake. It has beautiful gardens and well manicured lawns. This place is one of the tourist destination in this commune city and is so popular. We went here on the 31st of October 2013 after taking a train from Milan where we got picked up by a friend in a...

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  • Villa Olmo Palace

    Villa OlmoLocated along the South West shores of Lake Como is this lovely palace facing the lake. It has beautiful gardens and well manicured lawns. This place is one of the tourist destination in this commune city and is so popular. We went here on the 31st of October 2013 after taking a train from Milan where we got picked up by a friend in a...

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Brunate
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Tempio Voltiano
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Icecream
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Fish
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Fantastic and authentic in central Como
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From Milan
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Basilica di San Fedele
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Sushi, real Sushi
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Como Cathedral - Duomo.
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Volta Statue.
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Brunate
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Walk along the lake shore.
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Walking by the lake
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Villa Olmo
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Duomo
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Monumento ai Caduti per Servicio
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Piazza del Duomo
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Views Inside the Duomo
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The Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta)
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The Slow Boat to Como
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An easy way to get a great view
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Caduti Monument
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Train from Bergamo to Como
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Lake Tour - Lake Como
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From Como and on!!
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Train to Milan
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seafood, but not only
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Wander the Citta Murata
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Disabled toilet access.
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Piazza San Fedele
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Take the Bus from Bellagio
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Snowfalls overnight at New Year
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