Lake Como

This is an excerpt from the book “Lake Como” by Enrico Massetti. You can buy the full book here.

Basilica di San Fedele Photo ©
Basilica di San Fedele Photo ©

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 especially 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 the 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 ©

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 the 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 wholly 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 reaches the town of Brunate, which lies some 500 meters (1,600 ft) above Como, with breathtaking views on the lake, on the city and the rest of the Pianura Padana (Po Valley). A visit to Brunate is highly recommended on a bright 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 in 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.

This is an excerpt from the book “Lake Como” by Enrico Massetti. You can buy the full book here.

William Dellorusso
Lombardia in Cucina: The Flavours of Lombardy

Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
Lombardy surprises with the richness of its culinary traditions and natural ingredients, which modernity has barely affected.
"Milano in Cucina" captures this kaleidoscope of flavours, with contributions from some of the most celebrated chefs on the culinary scene, who pay homage to their territory, and whose skill is able to present a modern vision in keeping with the region's progressive spirit.

The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

Milano in Cucina: The Flavours of Milan
The famous Risotto Alla Milanese gets its golden hue from the precious spice saffron. Legend has it that the dish came about when a Milanese painter decided to gild the risotto served at his wedding banquet with a harmless gold-colored dye. In Milan, they traditionally serve Risotto Alla Milanese with ossobuco (braised veal shank).
Traditionally made with raisins and candied citron, or with a creamy cream filling, the light, fluffy brioche-like bread called panettone may be tall or short, covered with chocolate or flavored with various liquors, but it’s always a symbol of the Christmas season.
With its hallmark domed shape, panettone graced Christmas tables in Milan since at least the 15th-century. Common knowledge claims its invention is from Milan. It is the most famous Christmas Lombardia food.

The Pax side of the Moon featuring Cesareo
Lombardia (Dicon tutti che sei mia) Quarantine Version - feat. Cesareo (Quarantine Version)

Sold by Services LLC. Additional taxes may apply. By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use.