Category Archives: History

Como’s History of Plague and Pandemics

Como’s History of Plague and Pandemics. It will end and a fitting way to commemorate it would be to restore our lazzaretto – the ex-Chiesa di San Lazzaro as a monument to all local victims of plagues and pandemics throughout the ages. Continue reading

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Lake Como: The 19th Century Super Highway

Lake Como: The 19th Century Super Highway. From even before Julius Caesar established Como and right until the mid 20th century, the lake formed a vital section of a transalpine communications network populated with stately sailboats. Continue reading

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Como’s Famous Daughters: Teresa Ciceri, Agrarian Scientist

Como’s Famous Daughters: Teresa Ciceri. In anticipation of International Women’s Day – this esteemed colleague of Alessandro Volta was an agrarian scientist whose innovations improved many lives. She deserves greater recognition. Continue reading

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Como Remembers the Holocaust

Como Remembers the Holocaust. For this Memorial Day I wish to recall the exploits of Giorgio Perlasca, born in Como on January 31st 1910, who has been attributed with saving the lives of over 5000 Jews living in Hungary. Continue reading

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Poets’ Way: Como to Brunate

Within minutes on foot you can leave the centre of Como and be walking up through tranquil woods to Brunate – on a path that has now been renamed Sentiero Alda Merini in honour of her poetry Continue reading

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Noir in Festival – Como 2019

Noir in Festival – Como 2019, This Friday, 6th December, sees the start of the Como-based section of ‘Noir in Festival’ – an annual feast of crime film and fiction. We consider the historical reasons why ‘noir’ is popular in Italy. Continue reading

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Lake Como’s Moltrasio Trunk Murder

Lake Como’s Moltrasio Trunk Murder – a vintage crime of passion during a honeymoon that turned sour. Continue reading

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Campo Urbano – Public Art in Como 1969

Campo Urbano – Public Art in Como 1969. How the generation of Como artists following on from the Astrattisti Comaschi continued to place Como in the vanguard of artistic developments. Continue reading

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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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