Category Archives: Architecture

Como’s Artistic Tradition – A Pan-European Legacy: Maestri Comacini

Como’s Artistic Tradition – Maestri Comacini, Romanesque architecture and amazing stone carving from Insubria across Europe Continue reading

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Como’s December Delights

As the nights grow longer and temperatures get lower, Como goes through another of its periodical metamorphoses – producing a set of seasonal December delights. What better way can there be of exploiting the increased hours of winter darkness than … Continue reading

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Cantù – The Good, (The Bad) and The Beautiful

Cantù is famous for its master craftsmen and its long tradition of artisan furnishings and cabinet making.  It is the spiritual home of the Brianza-based  furniture industry yet, at only 10 kilometres from Como, remains off the main tourist map. … Continue reading

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The Poetry and Joy of Urban Portraiture – Adriano Caverzasio

If you aim to impart joy through your art, you best do it with a big smile – just like Adriano Caverzasio’s when I met him recently! And, if your art is intended to bring pleasure to all ages, how … Continue reading

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Cortesella – The Mythical Heart of Old Como

As Les Halles was to Paris or Seven Dials to London, so was the Cortesella to Como – the lost heart of the old town. The Cortesella (named after Via Cortesella) was a warren of narrow streets and alleyways to … Continue reading

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Strada Regia – From Torno to Pognana

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From Out of the Swamp, Novum Comum – Roman Como

Como is in origin a Roman city named Novum Comum and founded in 59 BCE by none other than Julius Caesar, the father of the Roman Empire. The Roman presence persisted from then on until the collapse of the western … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Cosia Valley and Camnago Volta

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Como’s Magic Light Festival – Citta dei Balocchi 2016/17

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Como – The City of Light and the 8208 Lighting Design Festival.

  As days shorten, Como’s fascination with urban art installations focuses on the use of new lighting technologies – as evidenced from now until November 27th in the 8208 Lighting Design Festival. The festival takes the 8208 of its title … Continue reading

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