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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.

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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Gifts for Lovers of Lake Como

This article features a personal selection of gifts that lovers of Lake Como may well appreciate. Many of us love the lake’s evocative and dramatic landscape which leaves a lasting impression on the memories of past visitors. So many people may be delighted to receive a present closely linked to this charmed corner of the world.  Continue reading

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Como’s Pantero Pantera and other Admirable Admirals

Como’s Pantero Pantera and other Admirable Admirals. With one of Como’s historical naval commanders called Pantero Pantera and the other Pliny the Elder the attraction of an alliterative title to this article was irresistible. Continue reading

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A Circular Tour of Cardina on Monte Olimpino

Cardina is one of very few areas within Como where you can take a pleasant countryside walk while staying entirely within the city’s limits. This has recently become quite an advantage since the imposition of ‘Red Zone’ anti-Covid regulations in Lombardy In spite of being within the city, Cardina feels very rural particularly when you venture onto its secondary paths.   Continue reading

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Lake Como Poetry Way and its Little Free Libraries

The Lake Como Poetry Way’s literary associations are further enhanced by the establishment of 12 Little Free Libraries along its route increasing the impact of Pietra Berra’s project via the association Sentiero dei Sogni. Continue reading

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Como’s Festival of Misultin and Lake Fish

GastroLario’s Festival of Missoltini and Lake Fish runs until the end of October with 25 participating restaurants but lake fish are to be enjoyed all year round. Continue reading

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Como’s Lost ‘La Ruota’ Wheel

Como’s Lost Wheel – the ‘la Ruota’ studio of Ico and Luisa Parisi which conquered the world with its iconic furniture designs for companies like MIM and Cassina. Continue reading

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Cricket in Cantù and Beyond

Cricket is a team game which mystifies the uninitiated but enthrals those who are better acquainted. It’s also developing as one of the fastest growing sports internationally spreading well beyond its previous base in Britain and its ex-colonies. And there is also a team in the Province of Como – the Cantù Cricket Club. Continue reading

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