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Brief History: Lake Como and surroundings


The name "Como" is highly evocative: it provides the opening lines to the most famous Italian novel "The Betrothed" by Alessandro Manzoni ("That branch of the Lake of Como..."). It is also, however, the producer of fine silks that are sold in boutiques throughout the world, and here the first sparks of electricity were discovered by a Como man, the illustrious Alessandro Volta. Any of these ideas could provide the starting point of a trip to discover Como.
Walking through the historic centre one embraces the full history of the city. One starts with the "Museo Archeologico Giovio" (archaeology museum) that shows prehistoric and Roman Como, continuing to the medieval "Porta Torre", whose ramparts were constructed, together with the rest of the medieval city, by Barbarossa after the destruction of Como by the Milanese. The statue of Garibaldi, in the piazza in front of Porta Torre, records the final liberation of the city from Austrian domination in 1859.
Closer to the present, it is worth following the pleasant lakeside path to the neighbourhood of Borgovico, where the notables of Como commissioned their splendid holiday homes in the nineteenth century.
Villa Musa, in an Art Deco style, Villa Carminati, an elegant example of neoclassicism, Villa Saporiti, with its valuable period furnishings, and then Villa Gallia, Villa Parravicino, Villa Canepa, Villa Mondolfo and Villa Olmo, famous for its centuries-old trees that adorn the surrounding park. These are all reflections of a rich and flourishing city, that was already refined and elegant even centuries ago.
Remaining in the city, it is worth visiting the neoclassical-style "Tempio Voltiano": built in 1927 for the centenary of the death of Volta, it houses a collection of the instruments constructed by the great scientist to carry out his experiments into gas and electricity.

 

Things to see at Lake Como


Once you have seen the city you can dedicate time to the adjacent lake that, without doubt, is one of the most beautiful Italian lakes, partly thanks to its distinctive "Y" shape (consisting of three branches - Colico to the north, Lecco to the southeast and Como to the southwest).
Of glacial origin, it is the third-largest Italian lake in terms of surface area after Garda and Verbano, and the deepest in Europe (it reaches a depth of 410 metres). Surrounded by mountains, and with a single small island, "Comacina", on the Como branch, the lake certainly warrants a boat trip.
Every visitor should conclude their stay in Como with a purchase, naturally of fabric and particularly silk, whose production boasts a centuries-old tradition. Don't miss the "Museo Didattico della Seta" (silk museum), an annex of the prestigious "Setificio" school (Tel. 031/303180), which houses a collection of old machinery and looms. The museum shows the whole process of silk production, from how the strands are obtained to how to produce the prints adored by all the great designers of the world.