Como in 24 hours

By Vacanze Lago • on January 12, 2009

Como has a nice old town centre of medieval origins. An itinerary to discover Como with it’s artistic, natural and culinary wonders. Sant’Abbondio, the cathedral, the panoramic funicular and the Missoltini with polenta.

SATURDAY – 11.00 am

Walk on the lakefront
Even if the city of Como is situated very close to the Alps it has a quite mild climate. A walk on the lake promenade is a good way to start to get to know the town and hang around until it is lunchtime. We can start from Piazza Cavour , from where we can admire a beautiful lake view and then continue in direction north-west until we get to the Volta’s Temple ( Il tempio Voltiano ), erected in 1927, that celebrates the first 100 years from Alessandro Volta ’s death, with many remembrances and testimonials. Going straight on we get to the wonderful gardens of Villa Olmo .

1 pm
Lunch in the old town centre
Along the little roads of the old town centre you can find some nice places where you can stop to have lunch . One of the most popular places is the Osteria Del Gallo , in via Vitani 16. It is an ideal place also for aperitifs or for a stop after dinner.

3 p.m.
The Cathedral and the old town centre
Cathedral square is the architectonic masterpiece of Como and the heart of the Como’s shopping area, with many clothes shops and department stores. In the centre of square is the cathedral , of Medieval origins, with it’s façade that joins together in perfect harmony gothic elements with Renaissance elements. The interiors are also worth a visit, with particular attention to the Pala Raimondi by Bernardino Luini and the Sposalizio of Maria di Gaudenzio Ferrari.

5 p.m.
Basilica di Sant’Abbondio
Just outside the walls of the old city centre you can find the Romanesque , dated back to the 11th century, easily reachable within walking distance, considered masterpiece of Roman Lombardy art. The interior contain a beautiful presbytery decorated with frescoes from the 14th representing scenes of Christ’s life.

8 p.m.
Dinner Slow Food: bresaola, polenta and missoltini
For dinner we rely on the guide Osterie d’Italia by Slow Food . That suggests an interesting place at 3km away from Como centre. The “ Crotto Del Sergente ” is situated in the residential area “Lora” and was an old cellar belonging to an old crotto . Among the typical dishes we recommend Breasaola from Valchiavenna, the missoltini (dry lake fish) with polenta, and gnocchi with chestnuts and sausage. Prices are around 30 Euros without beverages.

11 p.m.
Como by night
After dinner we go back to the old town centre for a drink. The most animated area is Cathedral Square, Peretta Square and Piazza Cavour, with several popular bars among young people, like the Nova Comum and the Sempione . You can find other famous places on the Lungo Lario Trieste near the funicular.

SUNDAY – 10 a.m.
To Brunate by funicular
Besides Piazza Cavour, following north the lake promenade we get to the funicular that takes you up a hill where you can find villas and gardens, to Brunate in just 7 minutes. This small village that has several cafés and restaurants and a wonderful view over the lake is a good starting point from daily excursions. Many walks and mountain paths begin from here.