Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Como

Duomo

Como’s awesome marble-clad cathedral is one of the most important buildings on the lake, incorporating a variety of styles – Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic topped by a Rococo cupola – over its centuries-long con…
Area in Como

Brunate

Como is flanked to the east and west by steep and thickly wooded hills (scarred in part by the spread of residential housing). Northeast along the waterfront from central Como, the Funicolare Como–Brunate takes just…
Basilica in Como

Basilica di San Fedele

Enclosing one side of what was once a medieval grain market, this Lombard Romanesque basilica dates back to the 7th century, although what you see now was built in 1120 after the relics of Roman martyr San Fedele we…
Historic Building in Como

Villa Olmo

Set facing the lake, the grand creamy facade of neoclassical Villa Olmo is one of Como's biggest landmarks. The extravagant structure was built in 1728 by the Odescalchi family, related to Pope Innocent XI. If there…
Basilica in Como

Basilica di Sant'Abbondio

About 500m south of Como’s city walls is this austere 11th-century Romanesque church, once the seat of a bishopric built on the orders of St. Amantius of Como in order to house precious relics of no less than Saint …
Museum in Como

Museo della Seta

Lake Como's aspiring silk makers still learn their trade in the 1970s-built Istituto Tecnico Industriale di Setificio textile technical school. It's also home to the Museo della Seta, which draws together the thread…
Historic Building in Como

Villa Sucota

A grand villa overlooking the lake, northwest of the centre, Villa Sucota was built in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. It has been home to various aristocratic families over the years, including Metternich, …
Waterfront in Como

Passeggiata Lino Gelpi

One of Como's most charming walks is the lakeside stroll west from Piazza Cavour. Passeggiata Lino Gelpi leads past the Monumento ai Caduti, a 1931 memorial to Italy's WWI dead. Next you'll pass a series of mansions…
Museum in Como

Tempio Voltiano

The photogenic lakeside Tempio Voltiano was built in 1927. This neoclassical temple is now a museum devoted to Como-born ­electric-­battery inventor Alessandro Volta (1745–1827). Inside, you'll find old-fashioned me…
Historic Building in Como

Broletto

The polychromatic Broletto, or medieval town hall, sits right beside Como's towering duomo. Unusually, it butts right up against the cathedral and is very much overwhelmed by it – the Broletto was built in 1215, but…