Como city, Italy

Como city, Italy

Located on the Italian-Swiss border, the city of Como in Italy overlooks the southwest end of its lake (locally known as Lario) and is surrounded by green ridge hills, resulting in unparalleled, natural scenery.

The town center, enclosed within medieval walls, still emanates an ancient atmosphere which reveals its centuries of history. All of this, together with its proximity to the Alps and other points of interest in the Lombardy region, is the reason for why Como has become a very popular tourist destination.

There are a lot of things to do in Como, and once you’ve made the decision to visit this amazing Italian city, it really comes down to time management. So, here’s a few attractions that you must see during your stay in Como: enjoy your tour!

Best things to do in Como in a day

Piazza Vittoria, Porta Torre and the outdoor market

Your trip in Como can start from Piazza Vittoria, home of the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi (the famous Italian general who liberated the city from the Austrians in 1859). The square was named after the surrender by the Austrians, whose barracks were located in the nearby area of San Francesco (currently occupied by the local court).

Porta Torre, Como
Porta Torre

One of the most typical things to see in Como is the the outdoor market, where you can find vintage clothing and handcrafts. The market – open on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm, and on Saturdays from 8 am to 7 pm – is located next to Porta Torre, the main entrance to the medieval walls that delimit the southern part of downtown.

San Fedele and the Como Cathedral

Next, your trip can go on by heading to Piazza San Fedele, that was originally a wheat market and still hosts its Romanesque church, which dates back to 1120: the Basilica of San Fedele. If you happen to pass through this little square on Saturdays, you will have the chance to come across numerous stalls, where you can find some antiques and handcrafted items.

Your stroll through Como should continue toward Piazza del Duomo. After a break in one of the many cafés in the area, you must make enough time to see the Cathedral and the nearby Broletto.

Basilica San Fedele
Basilica San Fedele
Como Cathedral, Italy
Como Cathedral

Visiting the Como Cathedral (Duomo di Como) is definitely one of the best things to do in Como, since the church is characterized by a set of styles ranging from Romanesque to Gothic. Right in between the cathedral and its bell tower you will find the Broletto (the old town hall).

This old building, that once hosted public assemblies, has just become a reference point for any visitor, being the seat of the new tourist information office.

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Life Electric and Volta Museum

Make your way to Piazza Cavour, the old city harbor that is now home to many pretty cafés with a beautiful view of the lake.

Enjoy a relaxing walk along the lakeside and reach Life Electric, the newly installed monument by Daniel Libeskind. The avant-garde work is located at the bottom of Diga Foranea and is a homage to the voltaic pile invented by Alessandro Volta. Talking of this great scientist, don’t miss the nearby Volta museum, which collects evidence of his work and even the first version of the electric battery.

Life Electric by Libeskind, Como
Life Electric
Volta museum in Como, Italy
Volta Museum

Take some pictures of the nearby War Memorial (Monumento ai Caduti) and then head for the imposing Villa Olmo, a neoclassical building which dates back to the 1780s.

A view of Como from Brunate

If you go right from Piazza Cavour, you will have the chance to take the Brunate cable car and enjoy a view of Lake Como from the top of a hill 715 meters (about 782 yards) high. Once there, you can walk for approximately 35 minutes and reach the Volta Lighthouse (Faro Voltiano), a beautiful lighthouse that alternately emits green, white, and red lights (the Italian flag colors).

Beaches and boat tours around Como

If you are in Como and want to relax on a beach, you can go to Open, Lido di Villa Geno, a grassy beach that offers a beautiful view of the Como villas on the opposite bank.

Also, you have the chance to take a boat tour to enjoy Lake Como from a unique point of view.

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Como is about an hour and 15 minutes drive from the airport of Bergamo (Orio al Serio) and an hour from the airports of Milan (Malpensa and Linate). Once you arrive in Como, you can find parking around Viale Lecco, Viale Varese and Viale Vittorio Veneto. Two big garages are Autosilo Tribunale and Autosilo Valduce.

Experience Lake Como at its best! Traveling by car, you can quickly reach some of the nearest towns to Como: Cernobbio, Argegno, Bellagio, and many others. The best way to experience your holiday at your own pace!

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Population: 84.636 (March 31, 2015)
Altitude: 201 m (659 ft)
Province: Como
Postcode: 22100
Neighboring towns: Blevio, Capiago Intimiano, Casnate con Bernate, Cernobbio, Chiasso (CH), Lipomo, Maslianico, Montano Lucino, San Fermo della Battaglia, Senna Comasco, Tavernerio, Torno, Vacallo (CH)

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