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 and is surrounded by green ridge hills, resulting in unparalleled, natural scenery.

The cool thing about Como is that you can really see and do a lot of things, whether you are visiting Lake Como for a day or staying longer.

Piazza Volta, Como, Italy
Piazza Volta, Como

PLANNING TO VISIT MILAN?

Don’t miss the chance to spend a few hours – or a few days! – in Como (see how you can easily get to Como from Milan), which is only about one hour by train.

Quick tip: if you can not wait to take a walk on the lakefront, then I’d suggest you to reach Como by train and get off at Como Nord Lago).

Ready to start? Here’s a few attractions that you must see during your visit to Como: enjoy your tour!

THE TOWN CENTER | Delightful streets full of shops, churches & more

Do as the locals do!

People who live in Como usually start their walk from Piazza Vittoria, which is a 7-minute walk from the Como Borghi station (the second to last stop of the train route that leaves from Milano Cadorna).

Your tour in the Como town center starts here!

THE TOWN CENTER (pt. I) | Outside the medieval walls

Piazza Vittoria, Como
Piazza Vittoria
Porta Torre, Como
Porta Torre

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).

Here, along the medieval walls that enclose the Como town center, one of the most typical things to see is the the outdoor market, where you can find vintage clothing and handcrafts.

The outdoor 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 of the old town.

THE TOWN CENTER (pt. II) | San Fedele, Como Cathedral and the main squares

After entering the town center, you will notice the incredible amount of cafés and shops that will make your holiday unforgettable.

If you love fashion, you’ll be happy to know that Como has plenty of clothing stores for all budgets. Walk towards Piazza San Fedele and lose yourself in the delightful little streets of the town center, where you can sip a coffee together with the locals.

Piazza San Fedele, Como
Piazza San Fedele and its Romanesque church
Como Cathedral, Italy
Como Cathedral

Piazza San Fedele, originally a wheat market, is one of the main squares of Como and hosts a beautiful 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, which hosts the 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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A WALK ALONG THE LAKEFRONT | The best places to take pictures

A few minutes away from Piazza Duomo, in the direction of Lake Como, you will find Piazza Cavour.

If you want to take a boat tour, here is where you need to go. The pier in Piazza Cavour, 5 minutes from the Como Nord Lago station, will give you the chance to embark on a boat and reach the other amazing Lake Como’s towns: Bellagio, Menaggio, Tremezzina, etc.

Take a walk on the lakefront and discover all the beautiful things you can see in this area!

A WALK ALONG THE LAKEFRONT | Life Electric, Volta museum & Villa Olmo

Life Electric, Como
Life Electric (picture: castaldilighting.it)
Volta museum in Como, Italy
Volta Museum
Villa Olmo, Como
Villa Olmo

From Piazza Cavour, go left and reach Life Electric, the newly installed monument by archistar Daniel Libeskind. The avant-garde work is located at the bottom of a small artificial dam (called 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. Take some time to relax in the garden between the Volta museum and the War Memorial (Monumento ai Caduti), a beautiful example of Rationalist architecture.

If you are not in a hurry, continue your tour towards the imposing Villa Olmo, a neoclassical building which dates back to the 1780s and is currently a prestigious location for conferences, events, and art exhibitions.

CULTURAL SITES | Discovering museums and cultural routes in Como

The city of Como boasts centuries of history. Evidence of this is the large number of museums and cultural routes around the city.

Discover more about:

⇒  COMO MUSEUMS | A list of the best museums in Como

⇒  RATIONALIST TOUR | A tour of Rationalist buildings in Como

⇒  ROMANESQUE TOUR | A tour of Romanesque churches in Como

⇒  VOLTA TOUR | A tour of places related to the inventor Alessandro Volta

QUICK TRIP TO BRUNATE | Get on the cable car and see the lighthouse

Access to the Como Brunate cable car
Access to the Como Brunate cable car, in Viale Geno
View of Como from Brunate
View of Como and its lake from Brunate

Want to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city of Como? Visit Brunate, a town that overlooks Como from the top of a hill 715 meters (about 782 yards) high.

The Como-Brunate cable car – which runs from Viale Geno, very close to the Como Nord Lago train station – will take you to Brunate in a few minutes (see timetables and fares). 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).

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BEACHES & BOAT TOURS | Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

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 (remember that boat tours start from the pier nearby Piazza Cavour). You can choose between public or private tours, depending on your needs and the budget you have available. Notice that public boat service is perfect if you are on a day trip and want to reach other towns such as Argegno, BellagioTremezzina or other towns of the lake.

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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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CITY INFORMATION


Population: 84.636 (March 31, 2015)
Website: www.comune.como.it
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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