Category Archives: Culture

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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Going Slow on Lake Como

What is Slow Tourism and what are some of its options on Lake Como – in support of AMADO’s initiative Primavera di Mobilita Dolce. Continue reading

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Ester Negretti One Year On – With Menaggio in Mind

Ester Negretti One Year On – With Menaggio in Mind. An interview with Ester to appreciate how her art has developed over the last 18 months. Continue reading

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Lords and Ladies of Misrule at Schignano

Schignano Carnival is unique, anarchic and genuine with a cast of characters that make it true street theatre. Continue reading

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Fables, Legends and Folklore: The 3 Days of the Blackbird

What is the meaning and origin of ‘i giorni della merla’ – the 3 days of the blackbird. 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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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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