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Como: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Located on one of the branches of Lake Lario, Como is an elegant city that has a romantic charm. A couple's outing on the shores of its lake is certainly ideal in any season. Walking through the two central streets of the city can give a sense of extreme inner peace and fulfillment. But Como also has small views and buildings of architectural value, in a perfect combination of art and nature. Let's find out what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in this fantastic city.



Index

  1. 10 things to see in Como in a weekend
  2. What to see in Como in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Como: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Como
  5. Plan your stay in Como: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Como in a weekend

1 - Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

The Cathedral of Como was built in over 400 years of work and today inside it houses perfectly preserved tapestries and paintings of the sixteenth century. The facade of the cathedral is in late Gothic style, made with salient points in Musso stone. It does not have its own bell tower: the bells for the gathering of the faithful are housed in the civic tower, very close to the cathedral.

  • 6 minutes walk from Como Lago station - Get directions
  • on weekdays from 10:30 to 17:00 and on holidays from 13:00 to 16:30
  • free
  • Lake Como: 1 day individual tour

2 - Palazzo del Broletto

Located right next to the cathedral, Palazzo del Broletto features a romantic gothic style with decorative renaissance forays. The Lombard marble facade in three colors (white, gray and red) is completed with the civic tower built with the ashlar technique. Built as one unit, to date the building is divided into two distinct structures: the Broletto to the west and the Pretorio to the east. It currently houses an exhibition space, a congress hall and some municipal offices.



  • 6 minutes walk from Como Lago station - Get directions
  • variable according to the events
  • variable according to the events
  • Como: 2-hour walking tour

3 - Basilica and Bell Tower of San Fedele

Built between the tenth and twelfth centuries, the basilica of San Fedele it is perfectly integrated with the other buildings of the homonymous square. The church has 3 naves and the northwest side, not plastered, allows the view of the elevation that took place in the nineteenth century. The facade has a rose window of particular interest and the apse of the structure is also worth a visit.

Located on the left side of the basilica, the bell tower of the church of San Fedele, original in its lower part but ratified in the upper part twelve meters in the twentieth century. The construction of the original bell tower is dated to the eleventh century, thanks to the structure and decorations still visible in the original part.

  • 9 minutes walk from Como Lago station - Get directions
  • the basilica is always accessible in compliance with religious functions, the bell tower cannot be visited
  • free, the bell tower cannot be visited
  • Segway tour along the lake and the city of Como

4 - Church of Sant'Abbondio

Built on the site of an early Christian basilica, the basilica of Sant'Abbondio presents in its apse areatwo imposing twin bell towers, which, together with the 14 slender columns, give the church an important idea of ​​height. The church plan is simple and rectangular, divided by large columns into 5 naves. Inside, the basilica houses Romanesque bas-reliefs and a complete series of frescoes from the mid-fourteenth century. The relics of the patron are kept under the main altar, while the structure of the early Christian basilica is marked on the pavement with dark marble slabs and its openings are marked with light marble.



  • From Como Cathedral in just 15 minutes by city bus: different lines available every 5 minutes - Get directions
  • always visible in compliance with religious functions
  • free
  • Lake Como: 3-hour tour by electric bike

5 - Volta Temple

Located on the shores of the lake, the temple is dedicated to the genius of Alessandro Volta, originally from Como. It was built in a neoclassical style to celebrate the centenary of the death of the illustrious citizen. To date, the temple is the most visited museum in Como, inside Volta's scientific instruments and some writings are admirable.

  • 11 minutes walk from Como Lago station - Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission at 17:30); closed every Monday except Easter Monday, January 1st, January 6th, Easter, November 1st, December 25th and 26th.
  • full € 4,00; reduced € 2,00
  • Lake Como: helicopter tour

6 - Monument of the Fallen

Imposing and austere, the Monumento ai Caduti was built in 1933 to a design by the architect Antonio Sant'Elia, exponent of futurism, by the brothers Giuseppe and Attiglio Terragni. In the chapel you will find a white granite monolith engraved with the names of the 750 Como's fallen during the First World War. Climbing the 140 steps that lead from the crypt to the upper terrace, you can admire a wonderful panorama 33 meters high.



  • 13 minutes walk from Como Lago station - Get directions
  • every Sunday from April to October; in the months of April, May, June, September, October: from 15:00 to 18:00; in the months of July and August from 16:00 to 19:00
  • € 4,00 - free for children under 6
  • Lake Como: experience on a sailing boat

7 - Villa Olmo and Lake Como

Built between the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s, Villa Olmo was built in neoclassical style and was the summer villa of the famous Odescalchi family, and is today venue for events and temporary exhibitions. The structure has a large complex as well as a park with several buildings. The building is one of the most majestic villas on Lake Como: celebrated in the stupendous masterpiece by Alessandro Manzoni; surrounded by regional parks and several natural reserves that host the flourishing and varied local flora and fauna. On the shores of the lake are the frame of the various towns to visit near Como, such as: Bellagio, Cernobbio, Varenna, Lecco. A visit to the Comacina island is not to be missed

  • 15 minutes from Como Bus Station by bus C10 - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. The park is partially accessible.
  • free if there are no exhibitions in progress.
  • Lake Como and Bellagio: full-day cruise from Milan

8 - Silk Museum

Undoubtedly, Como it is one of the most important cities in the world for the production of pure silk. The Silk Museum is the right place to discover the entire production process, from the breeding of silkworms to the creation of the yarn, from the hand printing of the fabrics to the production of fashion collections.

  • 10 minutes from Como Bus Station by bus N7 - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00
  • full € 10,00; under € 184,00; over € 657,00.
  • From Milan: trip to Lake Como, Bellagio and Lugano

9 - Porta Pretoria

The Porta Pretoria was the access point to the Roman city for those arriving from Milan. The two openings separated by a central pillar and flanked by two octagonal towers were also usable by chariots. Over the centuries, having lost its defensive function, the gate was embellished and decorated and convenient pedestrian passages were created there.

  • 15 minutes walk from Como Lago station - Get directions
  • only his prenotazione
  • full € 4,00; reduced € 2,00.
  • Lake Como: tourist visit from Como

10 - Como-Brunate funicular

Located 720 meters high, Brunate it can be reached from Como thanks to the funicular that starts from the lake shore. Once you reach the village you will enjoy a magnificent view of the lake and a walk in the alleys of the center or among the mountain paths. It's possible admire the fantastic panorama of Lake Como also from the Volta Lighthouse, about 25 minutes walk from the funicular exit, with a cost of € 2,00

  • using the funicular. The ride takes 7 minutes - Get directions
  • funicular operating every day from 06:00 to 22:30 every 15 minutes; extension on Saturdays and summer days until 24:00.
  • ordinary € 3,00; return ticket € 5,50; reduced children under 12 € 2,00; reduced return ticket € 3,20; free for children under 1,10 m.
  • Lake Como and Bellagio: full-day cruise from Milan

What to see in Como in one day: recommended itinerary

Start your Como tour by having breakfast on the Lungo Lario Trieste at Caffè Monti. After enjoying your breakfast, reach the funicular station in Piazza De Gasperi and go up to Burnate. From here you can admire the view of the lake and take a walk in the alleys of the small village. Go back down to Como and reach Piazza Duomo, where you can admire both the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta that the Palazzo del Broletto. At the end of your visit to the two historic buildings, head to Piazza San Fedele where you can admire the homonymous church and its bell tower.

The area of ​​Piazza San Fedele is teeming with nice restaurants. For your lunch choose Il Solito Posto which offers you fish from the lake in a traditional but chic setting. After lunch, return to the Along Lario and reach the Monument of the Fallen, also enjoying its panoramic terrace. Continue along the lake to reach the Volta Temple and discover the researches of Alessandro Volta from Como.

At the end of your day, reach the complex of Villa Olmo which also houses the Il Tennis restaurant, where you can enjoy an excellent dinner. The path that from the Volta Temple takes you to Villa Olmo on the lakefront will also allow you to see the structures of Vila Saporiti and Villa Gallia, from the classic architecture of the area.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Caffè Monti, Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, 21 - Get directions
  2. brunate: always accessible - free (€ 5,70 funicular)
  3. Santa Maria Assunta - opening hours: on weekdays from 10:30 to 17:00 and on holidays from 13:00 to 16:30 - ticket price: free (free offer)
  4. Broletto Palace - opening hours: according to the events - ticket cost: according to the events
  5. Basilica of San Fedele - opening hours: always accessible in compliance with religious services - ticket price: free
  6. Bell tower of the Basilica of S. Fedele
  7. Lunch at Il Solito Posto, Via Lambertenghi, 9 - Get directions
  8. War Memorial - opening hours: every Sunday from April to October; in the months of April, May, June, September, October 2019: from 15:00 to 18:00; in the months of July and August from 16:00 to 19:00 - ticket cost: € 4,00 - free for children under 6
  9. Volta Temple - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission at 17.30) - ticket price: full € 4,00; reduced € 2,00
  10. Villa Olmo - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 - ticket price: free
  11. Price at Il Tennis, Via Simone Cantoni - Get directions

Where to eat in Como: the best restaurants

  1. Vintage Jazz Food & Wine: vintage furnishings with exposed beams and parquet in which to enjoy excellent wine, hambuerger and more, listening to Jazz music.
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Via Olginati, 14 - Get directions - tel: (+39) 0314141346
  2. The usual place: restaurant with a rustic-chic atmosphere that offers delicious dishes of lake fish
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: Via Lambertenghi, 9 - Get directions - tel: (+39) 031271352
  3. Tennis: located inside the tennis club, the restaurant offers an exclusive atmosphere and gourmet dishes.
    Average price per person: € 50,00
    Address and contacts: Via Simone Cantoni - Get directions - tel: (+39) 0312741651

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Como

In Como, the nightlife is certainly not lacking! The locals are concentrated mainly in the streets around the Duomo. But in summer, young people flock to the streets of the historic center and along the Lario, creating a jovial and festive atmosphere, but never excessive.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Made Club Como: Large dence hall, colorful and trendy, which periodically hosts important DJs, such as Gigi D'Agostino and many others, giving life to interesting DJ sets.
    Address: via D'Abbondio - (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • No Taboo Pub: ideal for those who love informal evenings and are looking for a place to have fun and eat something simple but perfectly prepared.
    Address: Via Borgo Vico, 166 - (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Tag: a disco pub that also organizes live music and karaoke nights, ideal for singing at the top of your lungs
    Address: via Federico Piadeni, 24 - (Get directions) / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Como: info and useful tips

  • by car in 49 minutes by car from Milan Malpensa airport or 1 hour and a half from Milan Linate airport and Bergamo Orio Al Serio airport; by train in 1 hour to Milan with Trenord service.
  • Getting around: the center of Como is very small and located on the shores of the lake. For this reason the best way to get around the city is to move comfortably on foot.
  • Where to park: free parking in Como is scarce, however the city has paid parking lots such as the Centro Lago car park in via A. Sant'Elia, 6 (Get directions) and the Como San Giovanni car park near the Trenitalia train station (Get directions) .
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Cernobbio just 10 minutes by car; Bellagio 45 minutes by car; Lugano, Switzerland, 40 minutes by car.
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