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Como - The Town Nestled on the Lake.

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Lake Como - Como

Lake Como - Como

Como.

The trip to Como was our third consecutive day trip from Milan. My husband started to develop back pains on our first full day in Milan. He visited Bergamo and Pavia while experiencing quite a lot of pain. On the day of our Como trip, he woke up feeling much better. I, on the other hand, woke up tired, grumpy and not wanting to go anywhere. As a result the day trip to Como was for him the highlight of our holiday and for me it was the low point. We wanted the train that would take us straight to the lake. That leaves from Cadorna Station. We boarded it at Bovisa Station. It was a busy train and we were lucky to even get a seat. On our previous trips we had been really spoilt travelling on almost empty trains.

Statue outside a hotel. - Como

Statue outside a hotel. - Como

When we arrived, the first thing we did was walk along the shore of the lake and it was very pretty, though the water was filled with broken twigs and leaves (I told you I was in a negative mood). Then we got the funicular up to Brunate. A beautiful mountain village with very clean air, a delightful little church and great views. My husband was extremely happy here, though I have to confess to still being in a bad mood. We spent a long time in Brunate and when we came back down to Como, we just had time to visit the marvellous duomo and the Volta statue. It was already getting dark. If we had had more time, I would have liked to visit the Tempio Voltiano, Villa Olmo, which I have read has lovely statue filled grounds, and go for a boat ride on the lake.

Hotels in the town of Como - Como

Hotels in the town of Como - Como

When the sun went down, Como became very, very cold indeed. I was starting to feel like a block of ice and was delighted to get onto a comfortable hot train and be heading back to Milan, but just as the train was about to leave my husband yelled out, "Quick, get off!" and we both had to leap off the train just prior to departure. The reason ­ the information display on the train was saying something about the train being dirreto Milan. I don't know Italian but I guess that means going to Milan, in the direction of Milan, something like that. My husband mis­-read it and thought it meant direct to Milan without stopping. That would have meant our travel pass would not have been valid on the train, so off we leapt. Trains are normally every half hour but this was a Sunday and it was a full hour to the next train. We had a very, very cold and, on my part, very, very bad tempered wait for the next train which was crowded and drafty. Fortunately next day after a good sleep, I woke up in a better mood.

Walk along the lake shore.

We walked along the lake shore to admire the views. There is a long lakeside promenade and if we had had more time I would have loved to walk further.

Lake Como - Como

Lake Como - Como

Lake Como - Como

Lake Como - Como

Lake Como - Como

Lake Como - Como

Lake Como - Como

Lake Como - Como

Take the funicular to Brunate.

Exit the train station, walk to the lake, then go right, you will reach the funicular. We were able to use it for free with our seven day Lombardy train pass, but we had to show our pass at the ticket office first and get issued with return tickets. When you get off at the top, go down the steps to the viewing platform before exiting the funicular.

Como-Brunate funicular. - Como

Como-Brunate funicular. - Como

Como-Brunate funicular. - Como

Como-Brunate funicular. - Como

Brunate is a pleasant place with many expensive looking houses, great views and a lovely little church. You can do a 30 minute walk up to a lighthouse from here. We did not. When we exited the funicular we headed left, walked past the church and after around 15 minutes walk arrived at a lovely viewpoint.

View from Brunate. - Como

View from Brunate. - Como

View from Brunate. - Como

View from Brunate. - Como

View from Brunate. - Como

View from Brunate. - Como

Over the rooftops, Brunate. - Como

Over the rooftops, Brunate. - Como

Looking towards the lighthouse - Brunate. - Como

Looking towards the lighthouse - Brunate. - Como

The Church of Sant Andrea is worth visiting if you take the funicular to Brunate. We especially liked the nativity scene and baby Jesus. There are several walks from Brunate. One is to a lighthouse on top of the mountain ­ about 30 minutes walk from the funicular. Brunate had lots of spectacular villas. Volta lived in Brunate for a while. I am beginning to feel we were following him around.

Baby Jesus -  Sant Andrea Church. - Como

Baby Jesus - Sant Andrea Church. - Como

Sant Andrea Church. - Como

Sant Andrea Church. - Como

Nativity scene in Sant Andrea Church. - Como

Nativity scene in Sant Andrea Church. - Como

Como Cathedral ­- Duomo ­ Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta.

Como Cathedral is located on Duomo Square. It is a beautiful building attached to Como's medieval town hall with its large tower. In Italian it is called the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta; the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The construction of the cathedral began in 1396, 10 years after the foundation of Milan Cathedral. The construction work began under the supervision of Lorenzo degli Spazzi di Laino. The building was not completed until 1770. The inside of the cathedral is beautiful and it is well worth a look.

Duomo Square. - Como

Duomo Square. - Como

Como Cathedral. - Como

Como Cathedral. - Como

Como Cathedral. - Como

Como Cathedral. - Como

Como Cathedral - Como

Como Cathedral - Como

Como Cathedral - Como

Como Cathedral - Como

Volta Statue.

Alessandro Volta was born in Como on February 18th 1745. As a small child he did not even learn to speak until he was four years old. His family believed him to be retarded. Instead he turned out to be a genius. Volta is credited with the invention of the battery. He also discovered methane gas. Volta was a professor of experimental physics at the University of Pavia for almost forty years. He died on March 5th 1827.

Alessandro Volta. - Como

Alessandro Volta. - Como

Posted by irenevt 19:11 Archived in Italy

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The views from the funicular at Brunate were amazing.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, yes it was very beautiful here.

by irenevt

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