Como, Italy

The city of Como, located in Lombardia, Italy, is the capital of the Como province. The city itself is located at the Lago di Como, close to the Swiss border. Como is the administrative centre of the Ticino area and thus a magnet for residents of Switzerland and Italy. It is visited by tourists staying all around the place. However, not only tourists enjoy Como and its surrounding. Como has also a famous conference centre, which makes the city an interesting destination for the customers of Due to the closeness of the Alps and the Lago di Como, the city enjoys a pleasant refreshing climate, even in hottest summer days.

One of the wonderfull pedestrian walks in Como, Italy

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In the first century before Christ, the Como area became part of the Roman Empire and a prospering history began. The spirit of an old Italian city can still be felt and makes Como such an interesting destinations.

What to do

  • Como has a marvellous city centre that is always worth sightseeing and taking some pictures for the working colleagues at home. However, you should avoid generating enviousness by signalling that you have not attended the conference but meanwhile enjoyed other things. Take care of your EFIX data and -when being in doubt – “correct” and “optimize” them before distributing the photos. A short guideline on that topic can be found here. Do not miss visiting the cathedral and the tiny churches all around the city centre.
  • Make a trip with the funicular to Brunate and enjoy the view above Como and the lake. Sporty project workers can also take the trekking path and get some workout before re-joining work.
  • Make a boat trip across the lake and enjoy the scene passing by.
  • Go shopping. Como has marvellous fashion stores, where you can get good deals and if you are not addicted to that stuff, just remember your next-of-kin or colleagues and bring some presents for them.
  • Do not miss the market hall in Via Sirtori, only a few meters outside of the city wall. This is the best place for local products. You will find a large variety of Limoncello, pastry and freshly made pasta.
  • Are you interested in silk? The silk museum is famous and a “must” agenda item for all fashion people.
  • For those who like casinos, we recommend a trip to one of the largest casinos in Europe, located in Campione D’Italia. Due to historical reasons, this little Italian village is an enclave in the Swiss Canton Ticino and only about 28 km away from Como.
  • Make a trip to the Lago Maggiore.

Where to stay

If your budget allows a classy hotel, check the Palace Hotel for a good deal and ask for a room with sight on the lake.

Getting around

The closest airport to Como is Milano Malpensa, but Milano Linate and Lugano are also suitable options. However, Lugano encompasses crossing an international border and the Swiss Customs , which might bring you into trouble with your gifts that you intend to bring home. Check the Swiss customs regulations before booking the flight.

The easier option in terms of public transport is surely Malpensa. Como is served by Trenitalia with regular connections to all northern Italian cities, as well as the Swiss part of Ticino. Como has a public transport system that confesses more than 10 urban lines taking you to all important destinations. The website of ASF Autolines provides all up-to-date information on ticket prices, lines and timetables.

Where to eat

The city centre offers all varieties of food from large American fast food companies to traditional local delicacy. The very best option is to watch where the local people are enjoying their lunch-time, inspect the menu and make the So many brands of Limonchello will make the choice differentchoice spontaneously. One of the specialities of Como is Polenta. This popular dish, traditionally eaten in the winter season, consists of white or yellow cornmeal, butter, water and salt. It is served with mushrooms, meat, cheese or fish. We recommend trying polenta with Alosa agone, which is a typical fish species for the northern Italian lakes. If you do not find a suitable restaurant, check the “Ostria del Gallo” in Via Odescalci. You will find a picture of that place in our gallery.

What to bring home

  • Limoncello, a liquor with lemon aroma, is one of the local specialities. Before just taking a bottle at the supermarket, check the brand and its taste (the yellow colourant is not necessarily an indicator for quality).
  • Italian cheese, salami and ham are always worth a try.

Maps Como is well mapped in Openstreetmap and all tiny streets seem to be included.

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