The Italian National Commission for UNESCO unanimously decided to support Como’s candidacy in the Creative Cities network for the sector “Craft and folk art“, especially for silk.

The other cities proposed for international selection were Biella, Bergamo, and Trieste.

In August or September, the nominations will be evaluated by a panel of experts and representatives of culture and sciences indicated by UNESCO, while official communication will have to wait until the end of November.

The Creative Cities Network promotes cooperation between 180 cities on 5 continents that have identified culture and creativity as strategic factors for sustainable urban development in terms of sharing good practices for the enhancement of historical and cultural heritage. Each city specializes in a particular field, in fact Como is a candidate for “Craft and Folk Art” for silk.

The conference is the most important event where institutions from all over the world meet for a debate on the future of cities in the 21st century. The theme is obtaining the “Ideal City” understood according to the principles of sustainability, resilience, innovation, culture, participation, and historical perseverance.


Como City of Music Festival – XII Edition

This year Como City of Music Festival celebrates 12 years. It is a musical festival on the lake, the water is in fact the symbol of a lively and moving culture.
“ You will find in this edition tradition and new performances, as appreciating the famous Bach’s Cello Suites with two violins at Villa del Grumello waiting for the sunrise” explains Fedora Sorrentino, President of Sociale Theatre of Como/ AsLiCo “from one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most loved and represented scores in the world, to Domenico Modugno’s songs, passing by Morricone, the dance is acrobatics with the Sonics, rock is called Negrita, no party is worthy of the name without dancing.
Como, the Social Theater, the Lake and the whole area will resound with dances – from waltzes to tango – and, thanks to all the means of transport involved, from note to note, from place to place, the festival will be a tangible presence, concrete, in an endless night that remains … ”

Como: The Land of Toys XXVI Edition


Magic Light Festival


From November 23th  2019 to January 6th 2020

the 26° Edition  of “Città dei Balocchi” (The Land of Toys) is approaching ! the Worldwide now known X-Mas event, organized by Consorzio Como Turistica, places increasingly Como as one of the best location to visit during the X-Mas holidays.

Once again the city will be lighted by the Como Magic Light Festival, promoted by “Amici di Como” and Fondazione Cariplo. Thanks to the use of architectural projections the most important locations (squares, monuments, buildings)will be valorized , recreating X-Mas images that will dress the city with a fiary-tale atmosphere. 

Among the many activities the typical X-Mas Market, the Cribs Exhibition, the ice skating ring, the Santa Claus train, the giant X-Mas tree and much more…

FInally, to enrich the event, the 4° Edition of “Noir in Festival”, the very important film and literature festival featuring the Raymond Chandler award, in the prestigious frame of Villa Olmo from 5th to 8th December, and for the second year the novelty:  the “Lago di Natale” (X-Mas Lake) : different location (Churches, Monuments) on both the lake banks will be lighted with architectural projections recreating an atmosphere of water and lights. During the weekends evening cruises will be available using the historycal “Concordia” steamboat.