Category Archives: Places of interest

Elegance at Villa D’Este

Today is the start of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. This is an annual gathering of vintage cars and motorbikes along with their owners and admirers. In most previous years this event has mainly taken place within the grounds of … Continue reading

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From Liberation Day to May Day

April 25th was Liberation Day in Italy – a public holiday to honour the signing of the Armistice in Rome 72 years ago. This brought an end to the Nazifascist regime in Northern Italy. It is a day of commemoration … Continue reading

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Strada Regia – From Torno to Pognana

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From Out of the Swamp, Novum Comum – Roman Como

Como is in origin a Roman city named Novum Comum and founded in 59 BCE by none other than Julius Caesar, the father of the Roman Empire. The Roman presence persisted from then on until the collapse of the western … Continue reading

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Como’s ‘Viaggi della Salvezza’ – In Memory of the Holocaust

Last 27th January was Holocaust Memorial Day in both UK and Italy – and even though Como Companion is behind schedule on this, I would like to mark the event by looking at the heroic activities of one particular group … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Cosia Valley and Camnago Volta

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Como’s Magic Light Festival – Citta dei Balocchi 2016/17

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Christmas @Como

The Christmas lights are on, the Christmas market is open, shoppers are out in force and from this  Thursday –  the day of the Immaculate Conception – the holiday season starts in earnest. Read on for a panoramic view of … Continue reading

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Ester Maria Negretti – Como’s’Traditional’ Contemporary Artist

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Ester Negretti, one of Como’s foremost artists, in her new studio and exhibition space at Via Borgo Vico 82. Having established that Ester was born, brought up, educated and studied in Como, it … Continue reading

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Como – The City of Light and the 8208 Lighting Design Festival.

  As days shorten, Como’s fascination with urban art installations focuses on the use of new lighting technologies – as evidenced from now until November 27th in the 8208 Lighting Design Festival. The festival takes the 8208 of its title … Continue reading

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