TOP 10 THINGS TO DO & SEE
Ten good reasons to stay or plan a new vacation at Lake Como
N 1. Boat Tour to discover the beauty of our Lake (Villas,
Gardens, the famous Bellagio)
www.navigazionelaghi.it (public service) www. comolake.holiday/it/ (private tours)
N 2. Cable Car to Brunate for a unique view of town & lake
reference websites: www.funicolarecomo.it (public service)
N 3. Culture & Food Tour of the old town (Cathedral, Museums, Theater)
N 4. Life Electric by Daniel Libeskind – 2015
reference websites: www.lifeelectric.it / www.visitcomo.eu
N 5. Milan – Capital of Culture & Fashion (50 minutes by train or car)
reference websites: www.turismo.milano.it
N 6. Shopping around (Malls within 45 minus driving)
N 7. Hydroplane Tour (unique in Europe)
reference websites: www.aeroclubcomo.com
N 8. Cruise with the hystoric “Concordia” steam boat
reference websites: http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/ita/c_crociere1.asp?ID=283
N 9. Villa Olmo & Villa del Grumello – “Km of Knowledge”
reference websites: www.villadelgrumello.it
N 10. Cernobbio
You don’t need to be an history buff to be enchanted by the medieval manifestation of Como, the so-called “Palio del Baradello“, an historical celebration that has taken place every year in the city since 1981.
Have you noticed that Como is a city rich in history? Ancient medieval walls, palaces, remains of fortifications and Roman cities. It will be easy to live again the glorious past through this amazing setting!
Get ready, we’re going to start our time machine to let you jump back into the past, around 1159, when Como turned to Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, also known as Frederick Barbarossa, to ask him to put an end to the tyranny of Milan. This alliance became an important moment that needed to be celebrated with festivities, games, tournaments and banquets. The same that relives today!
The symbol of the Palio is Baradello Castle, the “stone sentinel” that stands on the hills of Spina Verde, erected for the defense of Como in 1156, with the permission of Barbarossa.
But, what is this “Pallium“? It is an artistic silk drape assigned to the winner at the end of the village games. Here is a series of events:
• Sunday, September 3, at 6pm, the race of Lucie, the traditional Lake Como wooden boats;
• Sunday, September 10 at 9 pm, the race with wheelbarrows where each of the participants will have to carry a passenger on the old wooden wheelbarrow;
• Saturday, September 16 at 5 pm, the tug of war, which will award the winner village.
The most important event is the Great Historical Parade that will take place on Sunday, September 17 (there will be more than a thousand participants in the parade!). Do not miss the Bagpipes of Franciacorta, greyhounds, falconers and archers ..
You’ll also want to attend the Medieval Banquet on Saturday, September 9 at the Broletto, a table laden with dishes prepared according to the eighteenth century recipes. There will be also acrobats, jugglers and musicians. Book your place at the table! Tel. 0039-031525037 / 0039-328-6575211.
Click here to get more information about the program
Como Book fair (65^ edition)
The fair, as always hosted in the suggestive Piazza Cavour, starts on Saturday, August 26, under the large air-conditioned tent that will collect hundreds and hundreds of new and used books, old volumes, vintage prints, posters, tourist guides and much more, offering a wide and heterogeneous choice for all tastes and pockets.
The appointment will be daily, opening from late morning until late Sunday, September 10th.
Rich as always, you will have the opportunity to attend book presentations, meetings with authors, and to participate in debates on cultural, literary, historical, topical issues.
This is the official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FieraLibro
Challenger ATP “City of Como”
Since its first edition, the Challenger ATP “City of Como” has hosted players like Simone Bolelli, Federico Luzzi, Filippo Volandri, Thomas Muster (formerly number one in the world) Kevin Anderson, Nicolas Massu, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Dominic Thiem (seventh winner in the world), Andrey Kuznetsov and Viktor Troicki.
The semifinals begin on Thursday, August 24, 2017.
The final is Friday, first match fixed at 10.30 and the winner will enter the main tournament at Atp tournament. The Challenger’s “City of Como” schedule will then qualify on August 26th and 27th, while the main draw will be on August 28th. The final is scheduled for Sunday, September 3rd.