Category Archives: History

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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Torno’s Santo Chiodo & Conflicts with Como

Torno’s Santo Chiodo & Conflict with Como: This Sunday, May 5th sees the annual blessing and evening procession through the town of its ‘Santo Chiodo’ or sacred nail – no less than one of the nails used in the crucifixion of Jesus. 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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Como’s Famous Daughters: Giuditta Pasta

Como’s Famous Daughters: Giuditta Pasta – for International Women’s Day, a reminder of Como’s Diva with an international reputation! Continue reading

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Testimonies and Remembrance: Como Recalls the Shoah

Testimonies and Remembrance: Como Recalls the Shoah. Ines Figini and Alessandro Lukacs at Villa Olmo on Holocaust Memorial Day Continue reading

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Clouds Over Como: Lest We Forget

Clouds over Como: In remembrance of the cruelties, deprivations and deaths suffered by all sides during the Nazi occupation and subsequent insurrection at the end of the 2nd World War – when Como was at the centre of the maelstrom. 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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Como’s Four Seasons: 1 – The Re-entry (Il Rientro)

Como’s Four Seasons: 1 – The Re-entry, Il Rientro, – a view of the seasonal social calendar on Lake Como. Continue reading

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Murder on the Dance Floor- Italy’s Crime of the 20th Century on Lake Como

Murder on the Dance Floor- Italy’s Crime of the 20th Century on Lake Como; a high society crime of passion at the Hotel Villa D’Este in Cernobbio. Continue reading

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