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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.

Fables, Legends and Folklore: The Festa della Giubiana

Fables, Legends and Folklore: The Festa della Giubiana. The last Thursday in January is when many Como and Brianza towns burn a witch on a massive bonfire and eat risotto with sausage. Find out where, when and why! Continue reading

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Como Remembers the Holocaust

Como Remembers the Holocaust. For this Memorial Day I wish to recall the exploits of Giorgio Perlasca, born in Como on January 31st 1910, who has been attributed with saving the lives of over 5000 Jews living in Hungary. Continue reading

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Como’s Microplastic Pollution Challenge

In recent years there has been growing concern over the amount of plastic in seas and inland waters. There is now greater awareness of the presence and dangers of so-called micro-plastics. Whilst Lake Como has a good record for microbiological cleanliness, it must now tackle the issue of micro-plastics. Continue reading

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Lake Como and Climate Change

Lake Como and Climate Change. Man’s impact through climate change is becoming frighteningly dramatic. Even on Lake Como there is reason to be concerned that patterns of weather are having a negative impact on the lake’s ecosystem.  Continue reading

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Poets’ Way: Como to Brunate

Within minutes on foot you can leave the centre of Como and be walking up through tranquil woods to Brunate – on a path that has now been renamed Sentiero Alda Merini in honour of her poetry Continue reading

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Noir in Festival – Como 2019

Noir in Festival – Como 2019, This Friday, 6th December, sees the start of the Como-based section of ‘Noir in Festival’ – an annual feast of crime film and fiction. We consider the historical reasons why ‘noir’ is popular in Italy. Continue reading

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Como and Cernobbio Say Goodbye to Nonna Pupa

Cernobbio’s Giardino della Valle (Valley Garden) is a singularly beautiful oasis of calm, straddling a mountain stream as it descends to the lake. It exists thanks entirely to the vision and tenacity of Nonna Pupa who died aged 95 on Wednesday November 20th. Continue reading

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Lake Como’s Moltrasio Trunk Murder

Lake Como’s Moltrasio Trunk Murder – a vintage crime of passion during a honeymoon that turned sour. Continue reading

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Dining Out in and Around Como: Genuine Food

Dining Out in and Around Como: Genuine Food. Describing a meal  as ‘genuine’ sound pretentious and so further explanation is required as to what this is and where you can find it here. That is far from easy but here goes! Continue reading

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Strada Regia: From Nesso to Lezzeno

Strada Regia: From Nesso to Lezzeno. This walk represents the final stage in the Strada Regia’s route from Como to Bellagio and can be divided into four sections according to different terrains. Continue reading

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