Sights in Como

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Como Lake

Como Lake

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The main attraction of Como is of course the Como Lake. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, bordered by some equally beautiful little towns. You can take lake cruises or walks along the shore.

But the city of Como in itself is worth the while. It is a beautiful little town with a somewhat medieval appearance, with its narrow streets, fortress walls and Baradello Tower. Note the great gate Porta Torre in Piazza della Vittoria that was erected when Barbarossa rebuilt the city walls in 1192. The most striking landmarks are the three large churches: the 14th century Cathedral, and the Romanesque San Fedele and Sant'Abbondio.

Como is very proud of its great native scientist Alessandro Volta (1745 - 18..). The inventor of the battery ('the fundamental basis of all inventions', according to Albert Einstein) can be traced all trough town. From the house where he used to live in the street that bears his name, to the piazza Volta, the Liceo Classico A. Volta where he was a professor of experimental physics, and the Tempio Voltiana where all his instruments and apparatus are on display.

Como also has recurring temporary events like art and photography exhibitions, the Autunno Musicale in October and November, and different sailing regattas and boat races.

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The Duomo

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The cathedral of Como was begun in 1326 and only finished in 1744. It is a typical example of Lombardy-Renaissance with it's gothic facade and Renaissance dome.

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address:Piazza Cavour

Basilica San Fedele

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Another stunning example of the Masters of Como.

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address:Piazza San Fedele

Rivarossi Museum

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The Rivarossi Museum is the wet dream of every model train lover. In this little museum, you will find every Rivarossi electric train from 1946 to the present, as well as models from over a hundred other companies world wide.

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address:Como
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Basilica San Corpoforo

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Porta Vittoria

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address:Via CantĂ¹

Sant’Abbondio

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This church was built in the 12th century and is a beautiful example of the work created by the master craftsmen of Como. It is a masterpiece of Romanesque-Lombard style.

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Museo Giovo

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Archealogical museum.

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Musei Civici di Como

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Art.

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address:piazza Medaglie d'Oro 1

Tempio Voltana

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The Temple to Volta is a tribute to the inventor of the battery. It exhibits all the instruments and machinery Alessandro Volta used in his experiments.

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Villa Olmo

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In this beautiful 18th century neo-classicistic villa, a centre of science and culture is housed. You can visit changing exhibitions, for example on the life and work of Allessandro Volta.

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address:Via Cantoni n.1

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