Lake Como region
The Como Province
lies on the western shore of Lake
for all its length covering a surface of about 1288 square
km. So far it may be considered a "small Province".
But the small extension must not deceive, because in very few other
Italian places the visitor may find a so surprising and rich choice
of different environments, landscapes and settlements.
In few miles you may find the mountains and the lake, the wild Alp valleys
and the industrial area of Brianza, the urban area of Como and villages
of few houses, the fauna oasis in the north and the ski areas in the
province adds to all this an original and fascinating
artistic asset in which three main trends may be easily outlined.
The first one, more garish, is formed by Lake Como Villas, unique in
the world both for their architectural and landscape value and the numerous
treasures that they contain. The second, more hidden and cultured, is
formed by the incredible concentration in this territory of Romanesque
churches, that testify a brilliant and flourishing Middle–Age.
The third asset, more evocative and intriguing, is formed by the many
military fortresses of different ages, with their own asset of anecdotes
and legends, that testify a turbulent and adventurous past.
Como, Cernobbio, Bellaria.
exploring Lake Como villas
the territory of Como
along the western
side of the Lake Como: take a charming trip to discover the Sacro Monte
of Ossuccio on the Island of Comacina; which is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site; this area offers enjoyable itineraries around old
medieval towns, around villas from the 1700s immersed in green mountains.
The territory of Como
is a varied one, with mountains,
lake, plain ground and valleys; the city of Como is at the foot of Mount
Brunate and is surrounded by hills and the Pre-Alps, and looks out over
the southern side of Lake Como.
This area is full of little towns overlooking the lake and built atop
hills, as if in silent contemplation of the calm waters. All of the
areas around the lake make ideal holiday destinations all year around;
they are reachable by boat, via cableway or by car on smaller roads
offering charming landscape views. Everything around Como speaks of
Alessandro Volta, the famous inventor of the battery who was born here,
and to whom many monuments are dedicated.