Category Archives: Architecture

Stucco and Scagliola – Two of Como’s Baroque Specialities

Back at the start of the 17th Century, a new technique was developed in Northern Italy to create fake marble marquetry. This was called scagliola. It was a complimentary extension of the skills of the stucco masters – and the artists and craftsmen from the Province of Como’s Val D’Intelvi excelled in its execution, working on palaces and churches across Italy and Mid or eastern Catholic Europe. Continue reading

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Tourism on Lake Como – Then and Now

Tourism on Lake Como – Then and Now. A look at current levels of tourism and its growth on Lake Como from Pliny, Stendhal to the Clooneys. Continue reading

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Como’s Pope and other Odescalchi

Como’s Pope and other Odescalchi. Florence has the Medici, Mantua the Gonzagas,  Milan has the Visconti who merged through marriage with the Sforzas.   Como for its part has the Odescalchi, Raimondi, Lambertenghi etc etc. Continue reading

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Palanzo on Show: A Pilgrimage to Serenity

Palanzo in Mostra (Palanzo on Show) includes events and exhibitions from now to 29th
June which celebrate the town’s unique virtues. Palanzo and its neighbouring towns in Faggeto Lario are all undoubtedly very special. Continue reading

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Villa Platamone – An ‘Aristocratic’ Bed and Breakfast

Villa Platamone – An ‘Aristocratic’ Bed and Breakfast. The holiday lodge built in the 1820s for Michele Platamone in Como has now been restored to former glory and opened today for the first time to paying guests. Continue reading

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A Castle in Distress: Tiina to the Rescue

Carimate Castle has fallen upon hard times. It has been unoccupied and unmaintained since 2014. Now, long-time Carimate resident Tiina Hiekkaranta, also known locally as the (Finnish) Countess of Carimate, and her husband Timo want to save it Continue reading

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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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Weaving Art into Como’s Urban Fabric: Streetscape 7

Weaving Art into Como’s Urban Fabric: Streetscape 7, the perfect excuse to walk around the town for an artistic treasure hunt. Continue reading

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Como’s Historical Fabric and its Pot of Roman Gold

Como’s Historical Fabric and its Pot of Roman Gold – The recent find in Como of more than four hundred gold coins has drawn international attention to Como but history through the ages is in the very DNA of this city. Continue reading

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Walking the Greenway and the Antica Via Regina

Walking the Greenway and the Antica Via Regina. From Griante to Colonno on part of a medieval super-highway. Continue reading

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