Tag Archives: Folklore

Como’s Train Station, Witches and the Inquisition

Como’s Train Station, Witches and the Inquisition. Few travellers arriving at Como’s San Giovanni Station know they are on top of the remains of a monastery where innocent victims faced torture and being burnt at the stake. Continue reading

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Fables, Legends and Folklore: The Festa della Giubiana

Fables, Legends and Folklore: The Festa della Giubiana. The last Thursday in January is when many Como and Brianza towns burn a witch on a massive bonfire and eat risotto with sausage. Find out where, when and why! 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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Como’s Four Seasons: 2 – Feasting and Hibernation

Como’s Four Seasons: 2 – Feasting and Hibernation – the two parts to Como’s winter with the gradual stirrings of life as the natural cycle renews towards Spring. Continue reading

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Lords and Ladies of Misrule at Schignano

Schignano Carnival is unique, anarchic and genuine with a cast of characters that make it true street theatre. Continue reading

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