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About comocompanion

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.

The Romantic Era of Smuggling: A Game of Cat and Mouse on Lake Como

The Romantic Era of Smuggling: A Game of Cat and Mouse on Lake Como. Smuggling was common along the entire length of Italy’s northern border but particularly prevalent around the lakes so much as to become a key element in local folklore. Continue reading

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Hollywood, Gucci and Lake Como

Hollywood, Gucci and Lake Como. On 17th March Hollywood will descend on Lake Como for a day of filming at the Villa Balbiano. The film is about the Gucci family and the murder of Maurizio Gucci ordered by his estranged wife, Patrizia Reggiani. Continue reading

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Two Local Poets for International Women’s Day

Two Local Poets for International Women’s Day. Both were brought up in Milan but with links to Lake Como.  Both displayed poetic talent at an early age.  Both suffered from mental fragility. Both are admirable women – Antonia Pozzi & Alda Merini. Continue reading

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Carate Urio to Moltrasio via Rifugio Bugone

Carate Urio to Moltrasio via Rifugio Bugone. This walk, from lakeside to the crest of the mountains on the Via dei Monti Lariani and then down, is rewarding but not for the fainthearted. It takes you by 2 refuges where good mountain food is available. Continue reading

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Cleaning Up Como’s Tax Office

Cleaning Up Como’s Tax Office. The Director of the Province of Como’s tax office (the Agenzia delle Entrate) has been convicted of taking bribes in exchange for heavily discounting local businessmen’s tax bills at a cost of €2 million in lost revenue. Continue reading

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Lake Como’s Bears, Wolves … and Werewolves

Lake Como’s Bears, Wolves … and Werewolves. Just by travelling 10 kms inland from the lake, you enter areas remote enough to support the repopulation of wolves and bears – and the continued propagation of ancient myth! Continue reading

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Escape to Switzerland via Monte Bisbino

Escape to Switzerland via Monte Bisbino – the story of Anna Sacerdoti and her family and how they avoided deportation – to honour this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day. Continue reading

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Shadow of the Mafia over Como

Shadow of the Mafia over Como following the arrest of 34 operating a scam involving the deliberate bankruptcy of 40 cooperatives and the closure of Pane e Tulipani in Como’s old town. Continue reading

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Argegno to Colonno

Argegno to Colonno. The hike from Argegno to Colonno via Pigra is one of the most scenic routes on the lake. Continue reading

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R.I.P. Noir in Festival at Como

Covid has wounded ‘Noir in Festival’ this year but at least there are the online interviews and we hope the festival will be back in Como next year. Continue reading

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