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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 Como Group of Artists – ‘Astrattisti Comaschi’

The Como Group of Artists – ‘Astrattisti Comaschi’. How come a group of Como-based artists established themselves at the forefront of the abstract art movement in Italy and Europe in the 1930s? Continue reading

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Como’s Famous Daughters: Giuditta Pasta

Como’s Famous Daughters: Giuditta Pasta – for International Women’s Day, a reminder of Como’s Diva with an international reputation! Continue reading

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Climbing Monte Bisbino – Como’s Local Mountain

Climbing Monte Bisbino – Como’s Local Mountain with a rifugio, sanctuary and First World War defences on its summit. Continue reading

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Como’s Celtic Connection

‘Oro di Scozia’ is both a shop and a cultural association aimed at spreading ‘the tastes and flavours of [Scotland] with its rich historical background’ in the words of one of its founders. Continue reading

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Testimonies and Remembrance: Como Recalls the Shoah

Testimonies and Remembrance: Como Recalls the Shoah. Ines Figini and Alessandro Lukacs at Villa Olmo on Holocaust Memorial Day Continue reading

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Brienno’s Botanic Path – Sentiero Botanico

Brienno’s Botanic Path – Sentiero Botanico. A stiff uphill climb along the old migration path to summer pastures and on to Posa and Schignano for carnival or he Sentiero delle Espressioni Continue reading

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Como’s Four Seasons: 2 – Feasting and Hibernation

Como’s Four Seasons: 2 – Feasting and Hibernation – the two parts to Como’s winter with the gradual stirrings of life as the natural cycle renews towards Spring. Continue reading

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Christmas Como: Citta dei Balocchi

Over recent years Como has sought to exceed itself in attracting visitors to its streets over Christmas defining itself as the ‘Citta dei Balocchi’ – a phrase that might roughly be translated as the city of fun and fantasy.  The … Continue reading

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Noir 2018: Moral Ambiguity and Death

Italian society seems ready made for the ‘noir’ genre and Como is the ideal location for appreciating it since its stunning natural location will calm the spirits after the moral turbulence provoked by this annual ‘Noir in Festival’. Continue reading

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Clouds Over Como: Lest We Forget

Clouds over Como: In remembrance of the cruelties, deprivations and deaths suffered by all sides during the Nazi occupation and subsequent insurrection at the end of the 2nd World War – when Como was at the centre of the maelstrom. Continue reading

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