The City of Como


Como is the principal town and it gives its name to the whole lake. It lies in a green dell surrounded by hills of glacial formation, at the southern end of the West branch of the lake. Impressive are the geometrical outlines of the historical centre developed inside the ancient Roman encampment.

The city itself centres on the modern Piazza Cavour, which opens onto the lake and divides the lakeside promenade into eastern and western sections. A rail junction and tourist centre, Como is noted for its old established silk industry. It is the site of the National Institute of Silk, with large workshops, laboratories and vocational-training facilities.

The Broletto building, an ancient Council house, was built in 1215; then following a fire in the fifteenth century, it was modified and mutilated in 1396 to make room for the cathedral. The stately monument is the result of efforts made, over a period of three centuries, by a group of artists from Como. Both its planimetry and decorations indicate the passage from Gothic to Renaissance. The tripartite façade is adorned by windows with one light and by an impressive rose window of stained glass dating back to 15th and 16th Centuries.

The Sant'Abbondio Basilica was built in a perfect Romanesque style, in the second half of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. It is located outside the city walls and is near the historical centre. It is probably the most outstanding monument by the maestri comacini who have been able to fuse the Cluniacense, Norman and Renan traditions to the Italian one. This basilica has two bell-towers, with northern European canons on the second and forth apses.

The interior is characterized by a presbytery that ends up in a semicircular apse beautifully adorned with frescoes representing the life of Christ, that date back to 1300. The Sant'Abbondio basilica may be considered the archetype of the Romanesque style, in fact the crucial elements of this style have been exported all over Italy and Europe by the architects from Como.

The San Fedele Basilica was built during the eleventh and twelve centuries in a Romanesque style by the maestri comacini, who became famous all over the world for their unique artistic skill and devotion. This basilica has an incomparable structure. It develops from a typical mausoleum and baptistery plant to a combination of both a basilical planimeter and a central scheme.

The most interesting part of this Basilica is the apse with its elegant loggia. The nave and the two aisles end up in an elliptical body surrounded by a women's gallery. The interior, like the exterior, is decorated with statues, alto-rilievo works, decorations and valuable works of art. On the very top of the facade is the rose window realised in 1509 and on the side is the Romanesque steeple adorned by mullioned windows with two or three lights.

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Mary Ann Ziegler Draeger via Facebook 5

An amazing experience ! Going back into time when service was an art.

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Leanne Jackson via Facebook 5

This is such a fantastic hotel. Myself and my husband stayed here for a week in August and held our wedding reception here. The food was lovely from our wedding breakfast to our wedding cake. The staff were attentive and really made our day special. Stefania was amazing at helping to make sure everything was just as we wanted it and we even had the trio play the music for our first dance. Our room was just perfect and we had the most beautiful view of the lake. We will certainly stay here again.

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Roberto Menniti via Facebook 5

We receive a great "Royal treatment" from the hotel. Staff is great, always "on top", very attent to details. Got there in occasion of my 41 Birthday, coming from USA (FL State). Very romantic location, lake front, magical at night, splendid as well during the day. We got a suit at the 3rd floor, upgraded service, everything was fantastic. They knew was my birthday and in occasion of it I have found in the room a bottle of Champagne and strawberry offered from the Hotel management...

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Chantal Rubin via Facebook 5

I have visited it many times in my dreams since we left! The dining room- magnificent. The ball rooms stunning. The lake views- this must be what heaven is like....... I'm going to hang out here when I'm gone! For sure;-)

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Greg Cameron via Facebook 5

A true masterpiece a grand lakefront hotel. Stepping back in time and enjoying all the white glove service The nightly jazz trio is relaxing Thanks to the professional and very knowlegeable front desk staff A grand European hotel set on the edge of Lake Como A must

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