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What to do on your Lake Como holiday

The Abbey of Piona

The first thing that strikes you about the Abbey of Piona is the atmosphere, which is calm and peaceful, but not oppressive. This has a lot to do with the…

Villas and Gardens by Lake Como

There is a book available in some shops at Lake Como, called ‘Ville e giardini del Lago di Como’. It’s translated into English on the cover as ‘Villas and Gardens…

Villa Carlotta

The Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo is possibly the only, and certainly the best known, villa on the Lake to provide visitors with ticketed access, on a ‘free range’ basis, to…

Volta Temple in Como

The unit of electromotive force – the ‘volt’ – is named after Count Alessandro Volta, who was born and lived much of his life in Como. The fact that he…

Pilgrims’ Progress

We’ve spent a lot of the time at Lake Como walking. It’s ironic that when you use public transport, you seem to end up walking a lot. But over and…

Rare attraction near Bergamo – Villaggio Crespi

There is a unique attraction near Bergamo called Crespi d’Adda, which is a nineteenth century factory and model village. It was built to meet all of the workers needs –…

Excursion from Lake Como to Milan

Visit Milan for the Duomo (gothic cathedral), Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (shopping), Pinacoteca de Brera (art gallery) or San Siro (football stadium). Above all, try to see the mural of…

Who painted most of the ‘Last Supper’?

The Last Supper was an experiment that went badly wrong. Leonardo didn’t follow the established practice for painting on walls, which was to apply the paint to wet plaster, so…

Excursion from Lake Como to St Moritz

You might be surprised to hear that you can join an organised day trip from Lake Como to St Moritz, in the summer. A large part of the attraction is…

Excursion from Lake Como to Lugano

There are some similarities between Lugano and Como. Both are small towns, with Como surprisingly having the bigger population (80,000 plus, compared with Lugano’s 53,000). Both have lakeside promenades, boat…