Category Archives: People

Como’s Star-Crossed Lovers: 2 – ‘Gianna’ and ‘Neri’

Como’s Star-Crossed Lovers: 2 – ‘Gianna’ and ‘Neri’ On 6th January 1945 two lovers were arrested by fascists. 3 months later, they were murdered by their own colleagues on the orders of Communist leaders in Milan. An awful tragedy. Continue reading

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Como and Early Lombardy Baroque

Como and Early Lombardy Baroque. Morazzoni (Como’s Caravaggio) and the Morazzoniani. Continue reading

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Lake Como’s Star Crossed Lovers: 1) Osvaldo and Louisa

Lake Como’s Star Crossed Lovers: 1) Osvaldo and Louisa – the story of two film stars from the fascist era. He was ‘addicted to morphine and she was addicted to him’ and this led to their tragic end on April 30th 1945. Continue reading

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Como’s Lake Montorfano: Commandos, Contraband and the CIA

Como’s Lake Montorfano: Commandos, Contraband and the CIA. How a commando group trained on Lake Montorfano became the model after April 25th 1945 for post war covert anti-communist action across Western Europe. Continue reading

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Holidaying on Lake Como: In the Footsteps of Mary Shelley

Holidaying on Lake Como: In the Footsteps of Mary Shelley, author of ‘Frankenstein’ who in June 1840 set out with friends and her son to spend the summer on the lake. We trace her route. 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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Como and Cernobbio Say Goodbye to Nonna Pupa

Cernobbio’s Giardino della Valle (Valley Garden) is a singularly beautiful oasis of calm, straddling a mountain stream as it descends to the lake. It exists thanks entirely to the vision and tenacity of Nonna Pupa who died aged 95 on Wednesday November 20th. Continue reading

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