What to do in Como - Press release Tourism - 2017
“A great feature of Como’s attractiveness is the multitude of pretty houses and gardens that cluster upon its shores and on its mountain sides.”
Mark Twain - 1869.
Over a Century after the famous American author visited the shores of Lake Como, one of the main attractions of the area is still indeed the beautiful scenery offered by the lake and its natural surroundings.
This amazing landscape is only the backdrop to the many different activities that are available on stunning Lake Como. Its touristic offer has evolved and it does cater to visitors with the most different tastes and budgets.
From glamorous weddings to water sports, to rationalist architecture and gourmet local foods, to mountain hikes and luxury fashion shopping, Italians and foreigners have picked Como as their destination for many different reasons. Cyclists find some of the most challenging and panoramic roads in this Northern Italian region.
For those who prefer a slower pace, a cruise on the lake, to visit beautiful villas such as Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo or Villa Balbianello in Lenno, is another popular activity that allows to fully enjoy the Lake. Como, Cernobbio, Bellagio and Menaggio are only a few of the many towns that can be reached by boat and offer offer plenty of culture, shopping, history and sightseeing.
The City of Como lays in the valley enclosing the first branch of the lake. Como was founded during the Roman Empire, under Julius Caesar, in 59 BC. The city itself is encircled by medieval walls that culminate in three towers, still well preserved, that used to be the entrance to the city. All around the city centre there are hills, from Brunate to Spina Verde, where evidence of human presence dates back to the Iron Age.
Como has been the city of silk for many centuries, world-famous for its production of fine fabrics and it remains reference point for all major fashion houses and clothing manufacturers. The importance of the industry is marked by the presence of the Silk Museum and the work of the Ratti Foundation.
Como is the birthplace of famous personalities such as Plinio il Vecchio and Plinio il Giovane, great Roman writers, whose statues are displayed on the façade of Como Cathedral, and Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the electrical battery. The Museum “Tempio Voltiano”, the Brunate Lighthouse and Life Electric, the new work of archistar Daniel Libeskind, are dedicated to him.
Como is the city of Architecture. Rationalism was born and developed here. Proofs of this golden age of architecture are Giuseppe Terragni’s masterpieces such as Casa del Fascio, Novocomum and Asilo Sant’Elia. Terragni’s work gives the city a unique artistic identity that is well recognized all over the globe.
Throughout the year Lake Como hosts a great variety of local and well-established international events, like the Concorso di Eleganza, Orticolario, the Giro di Lombardia, the Noir in Festival, Festival of Light, CSAV Artists Research Laboratory.
Food tradition in Como offers local dishes both from the lake and the mountains. The choice ranges from polenta to risotto with perch, to cheeses and artisans beers. Eating and drinking options include Michelin-starred Restaurants, street-food stalls and everything in between.
Last but not least, City Museums and the Teatro Sociale offer more options to enjoy culture and performing arts all year round.
Further information and Events in the City of Como on www.visitcomo.eu Twitter @visitcomo
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