Como’s Lacustrial Musical Medley

music festival logosThere are so many musical events taking place over the next two months in and around Como. Use Como Companion’s calendar to see exactly when, where and what is on offer. We collate details of most of the musical festivals, concerts or recitals taking place on the lake from a variety of local sources. Whilst we do not claim to be entirely comprehensive, we do recommend using our calendar to plan ahead so that your summer-time diaries do not overlook those not-to-be-missed events.

Here is a quick reminder of what is planned from now until the end of August. Firstly, Estival Jazz – the first weekend of this excellent festival has passed but there are still three nights of Jazz in Lugano’s Piazza della Riforma from this Thursday.


Piazza Della Riforma, Lugano

Other festivals that have already started but still with many events to come include:


Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio

Como Citta della Musica – with the main event of this festival, Donizetti’s ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ already claiming critical success (last performance this Tuesday 5th July), there are still many other concerts planned for performance in the Arena of the Teatro Sociale or in other locations such as Villa Grumello.

Bellagio and Lake Como Festival – this highly regarded festival of predominantly classical music, with an extensive calendar of events scheduled from late June to early September, kicked off recently at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Other locations include Tremezzo, Erba and other lakeside locations.

Our Cultural Events page gives more details of these and all the other annual festivals mentioned in this article.

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Corpo Musicale di Rebbio, Piazza Duomo, Como

Many of those smaller musical happenings that are a joy to stumble across almost accidentally when out and about in Como are organised by the comune and are listed under the banner of Como LIVE 100e20. Look for listings under this title in our calendar if you don’t want to leave a specific musical experience entirely down to a chance encounter.


Battello Bisbino, Tremezzo

More jazz is on offer courtesy of the Tremezzina Music Festival that runs for four nights from 16th to 20th August. All events are free (details as always in our calendar) although the two events on the Steamboat (Piroscafo) Battello Bisbino may well tempt you into trying out one of their great cocktails.

Urban and indie fans have unfortunately just missed the 3 day Wow Festival in Como but country rock fans should make it over to Lake Pusiano for a Lucinda Williams concert on July 19th.


Saint Abbondio, Como

Back to classical music and on a much smaller scale, there are a series of recitals scheduled for early Saturday evenings in the delightful setting of Como’s splendid romanesque church – Saint Abbondio. These recitals come under the title of Vespri d’Organo and details are as always in our calendar.

Finally, since you will just have missed the early dawn recital at 5.00 am today in the gardens of Villa Grumello, why not plan for the late night recital in Cernobbio’s Villa D’Este Hotel on 24th August organised by the Moltrasio-based Circolo Bellini.


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I am an Englishman in Como, Northern Italy - definitely both a Euro and Italophile with an interest in modern history, walks in the hills and mountains, and food and wine. I favour 'slow' tourism alongside of 'slow' food.
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