Category Archives: Culture

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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Streetscape 6  – Facing a Credibility Crisis?

Como is currently hosting the 6th edition of the street and urban festival called Streetscape – a total of 10 (+1) installations are dotted around or just outside the old town. Well established in its 6th year, Streetscape now forms … 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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Myth and Reality: Lake Monsters and Political Scandal

A piece of real ‘fake news’ turned up the other day in the local newspapers – a sighting of a prehistoric monster in the grounds of the long defunct textile factory, Ticosa, on the edge of Como’s historical centre. Regular … Continue reading

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Como Silk – Memoirs of a Textile Designer

Como has been a tourist destination from the days of the Grand Tour but it maintains equal significance as a centre for silk production. Current visitors to Como might think that the silk industry is a thing of the past … Continue reading

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Mr. Savethewall – Como’s Spray-Can Artistic Campaigner

If walking the streets of Como for any time, you will become aware of a local artist known as Mr. Savethewall. His two shopfronts, the immediate appeal of some of his iconic images such as Mr. Frogman  and his intriguing … Continue reading

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Strada Regia – From Torno to Pognana

This post has now been moved to Recreation, Walks, Strada Regia – From Torno to Pognana  

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Uncover Your Karma in Como

Ayurveda, Yoga, meditation, mindfulness and more – welcome to the world of wellness for English-speakers here in Como. As from 1st April there will be a series of monthly pop-up wellness weekends – with totally flexible levels of participation – … Continue reading

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