Lake Como

This is an excerpt from the book “One Day in Como

Basilica di San Fedele Photo © www.mondimedievali.net
Basilica di San Fedele Photo © www.mondimedievali.net

You don’t need a car to escape from the business, the traffic, the congestion, the fog in wintertime and the afa, the humid heat, in summer, of the city to a wonderful world of lakes, mountains, castles and good food: just take the train and, sometimes, the boat as recommended in this itinerary to Como and Brunate funicular on Lake Como.

This trip is specially recommended in spring or autumn, when often you can leave the fog and cold of Milan to reach sun-shining lakefront views in the mild climate of the Lake Como.

Basilica San Fedele

The magnificent Romanesque Basilica of San Fedele in Como, built around 1120 on early medieval foundation, stands the charming Piazza San Fedele was medieval commercial center and home of citizens of the grain market. The church contains fragments of frescoes from the fourteenth century and paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth century.

Walls, Gattoni and Tower Gate Tower

The walls of Como, built for the first time at the initiative of Julius Caesar, were part of a complex defensive structure to cover the entrances to Milan and Po Valley from the Central Alps, which included, among others, Castle Baradello the Comacina island fortifications and castles of Bellinzona.

Como Cathedral
Como Cathedral Photo © http://quartaf.blogspot.com/

The Cathedral

Begun in 1396, the Cathedral of Como is the last of the Gothic cathedrals built in Lombardy. In the three and a half centuries it took on its definitive realization that appealed even if the dominant styles is the original late Gothic-Renaissance.

The dome was designed by Philip Juvara (1687-1736), architect of the King of Sardinia. The windows, nineteenth century, were created and designed by Joseph Pompeo Bertini. Among the many works of art that adorn the interior, there are sixteenth-century tapestries, paintings Gauedenzio Ferrari, Bernardino Luini, Morazzone (XVI-XVII century), as well as frescoes in the sacristy (the first half of the seventeenth century), and sculptures of Rodari.

Il Broletto
Il Broletto

The Broletto

Attached to the cathedral is the Romanesque-Gothic Broletto dating back to 1215, the center of political and economic life of the city. It was destroyed several times in moments of heightened tension between the factions Como. It was renovated by the nobility of Como and opened as a theater in 1765. He was living hero of many skirmishes between the aristocracy and the people after “free and dances” which were held at that time. Today it houses exhibitions.

Tempio di Volta
Tempio di Volta – Photo © Saretta-9

Volta Temple

The Volta Temple, built in 1927, was designed as a new headquarters to house the originals and reconstructions of scientific instruments invented by Alessandro Volta. The museum is in fact completely dedicated to the inventor of the battery and keeps about 234 exhibits. There are original copies and scientific apparatus of Alessandro Volta, one of the memorabilia: letters, documents, medals and portraits of the great physicist.

The Brunate Funicular

Como Brunate Funicular
Como Brunate Funicular Photo © Chris j wood

The Como–Brunate funicular (Italian: Funicolare Como-Brunate) is a funicular railway that connects the city of Como with the village of Brunate. The line has operated since 1894, and is used by both tourists and local residents. The funicular reach the village of Brunate, which lies some 500 metres (1,600 ft) above Como, with breathtaking views on the lake, on the city and on the rest of the Pianura Padana (Po Valley). A visit to Brunate is highly recommended in a clear day.

From Como seven minutes aboard the very special funicular share the wonders of the lake from the tranquility of Brunate. A short visit can be seen the machinery room of the funicular. For nature lovers there is the possibility of making beautiful walking paths leading to Mount Boletto.

Where to stay in Como

There are hotels, apartments, villas and B&Bs available, check it out and make a reservation here.