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Discovering Lake Como

Como and surroundings

In the city of Como, the monuments that can be visited are numerous: from Piazza Duomo with the Cathedral whose extraordinary beauty is due to the skill of the Masters of Como, at Palazzo del Broletto, the old town hall  Piazza Verdi, with monuments that recall the various historical periods (medieval walls, style theater, and the Casa del Fascio), the Basilica of San Fedele and Port Tower.

Palazzo Giovio, home to the Archaeological Museum dedicated to different historical periods ranging from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, the Historical Museum "Giuseppe Garibaldi", the remains of the medieval church of San Marco, San Nazzaro, St. Margaret and St. Catherine. Within walking distance there is the lake, the public gardens, the Volta Temple, opened in 1928 to celebrate the work of Alessandro Volta, Como famous scientist, the Temple hosts more than 200 exhibits of which about half is original.

Another major tourist attraction of the city is the Silk Museum, which houses old machinery and fabrics, which shows 150 years of tradition of techniques applicable to the production of silk. Among the curiosities of the Museo Rivarossi homonymous manufacturer of miniature trains.

Just outside the center you can admire the splendid eighteenth-century villas surrounded by green parks that have retained the charm for which the province of Como has always been renowned. Among the villas Como surely the most famous feast is Villa Olmo, built by Innocent Odescalchi designed by Simone Cantoni, which still retains its original neoclassical. Another attraction is the funicular Como - Brunate  and wonderful walks from the "balcony" wind in the direction of "filled". Expansive views over the plains and across the Lakes region.