Category Archives: People

Through Conflict to Collaboration, Achille Grandi, Como and the Birth of the Republic

Through Conflict to Collaboration, Achille Grandi, Como and the Birth of the Republic – in memory of the post-war anti-fascist alliance. Continue reading

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San Donato to Camnago Volta: Opening up a Circular Route to and from Como

The recent opening up of a section of footpath from Garzola to Camnago now makes it possible to follow a circular route taking in the Sanctuary of San Donato and the Cosia Valley. Continue reading

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‘Como Antifascista’ – Then and Now

‘Como Antifascista’ – Then and Now. How Como’s workers helped defeat nazifascism in Italy, in celebration of April 25th 1945 – Liberation Day 2018. 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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Como’s Ines Figini, Auschwitz Survivor – A Celebration for International Women’s Day

Ines was a young girl working in Como’s largest silk factory when she took part in a strike that led to her deportation as a slave in Germany’s labour camps. This is a summary of her story for International Women’s Day. Continue reading

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Heroism and Disaster in the Vallassina – Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27th

As a memorial to the millions of victims of the Holocaust I would like to recall the act of a young priest in Sormano who guided a party of 16 Jewish refugees to safety in Switzerland and set an altruistic example to his parishioners. Continue reading

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Como Companion Tries Out a Social Media Strategy

Como Companion explains the purpose of its Facebook page and Instagram 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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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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