Antiquarium Archaeological Museum

Lake Como West Bank

Pay a visit to this tiny archaeological museum before heading out to Isola Comacina for an overview of the many historical objects unearthed on the island. Among the displays are 4th-century Roman coins, fragments of 9th-century frescoes, Middle Ages mosaic tiles and a funerary stone dating back to 556.

Purchase admission to Isola Comacina here. Boat tickets are sold at the lakeside dock around the corner from the Antiquarium.

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