What could be more relaxing than a day at the lake?
Imagine a typical Milan Sunday where you don't know what to do, why not visit Como? In just an hour, you can arrive in this beautiful city, which can also become the starting point to begin visiting the various towns around the lake. But if you don't know where to start, our guide is perfect.
Obviously, the most important square in the city, where there are restaurant, bars and stores, is dedicated to its most important historical figure: Alessandro Volta. In the center of the square is a statue of him and it is still possible to admire his birth house, which unfortunately cannot be visited. The statue is not the only tribute to the famous physicist, to whom the Volta Temple and the installation "The Life Electric" are also dedicated.
Piazza del Duomo
Dedicated to St. Mary of the Assumption, its construction lasted about four hundred years, ending in the first half of the eighteenth century with the construction of the dome. It is possible to visit the church every day, and admission is free. For more information visit the site.
PASSEGGIATA LUNGOLARIO AND THE LIFE ELECTRIC
To relax a bit, the best thing is to take a walk. Here you can have a breathtaking view of the lake and the hill that houses the small town of Brunate. If you sharpen your eyesight you might even be able to see the legendary Lariosaurus, which is the Como version of the Lochness monster. Continuing along the promenade you will arrive at "The life Electric", a metal installation by artist Daniel Libeskind. Since it is a monument dedicated to Alessandro Volta, the artist decided to take inspiration from the electrical voltage between two poles of a battery and creates a connection between the Tempio Voltiano and the Brunate Lighthouse, both of which are dedicated to the famous man.
For more info on the sculpture visit the site.
Viale Guglielmo Marconi, 1
Built in 1927/1928, to mark the centenary of Alessandro Volta's death, by architect Federico Frigerio. The building was constructed with the intention of celebrating the great scientist and enhancing his studies. Inside, which you can visit, are Volta's original scientific instruments. Ticket prices are 3€ for reduced and 5€ for full, for more information of tickets and reservations visit the website.
PASSEGGIATA DELLE VILLE
Once past the stadium, the lakeside promenade continues in what is called the "promenade of villas". Many of them can be admired, all built between the 17th and 18th centuries, but Villa Saporiti, Villa Gallia and especially Villa Olmo, which has hosted numerous historical figures such as Napoleon, Foscolo and Garibaldi, stand out among them all. Admission to the latter villa is free and for more information visit the website.
If you still feel like discovering new places, you can take the funicular railway to Brunate, from where you can admire the lake and the town from above. You can also eat at one of the various little restaurants nearby, so you can appreciate the view even more. If, on the other hand, this scenery is not enough for you, you can decide to continue uphill, until you reach the Voltiano Lighthouse, which can only be visited on weekends.
We conclude our guide with a little advice, in case you have more than one day available. Como is perfect for the possibility of visiting nearby towns or unusual places, such as the Orrido di Nesso. Of course, let us know if you visit any of these places and feel free to leave a comment if you would like to recommend other places worth a visit and come back to visit.
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