Alessandro Volta: Google celebrates his 270° birthday

Today Google celebrates Alessandro Volta’s 270° birthday (Como, February 18 1745 – Como, March 5 1827).Statua di Volta

Alessandro Volta was an Italian physicist credited with the invention of the first electrical battery, the Voltaic pile which he invented in 1799.

Born in Como, Italy, he gave his name to the electrical unit ‘volt‘ in 1881. During his tenure at the university, he also discovered and isolated methane gas.

Mark Holmes, the Volta’s Doodler explains: “I swapped out the gauges for the ornamental symbols of Copper and Zinc, swapped out his name for the base elements of the battery, but kept the illuminated letters for artistic license. With one final suggestion to translate the text to Italian the design was done.

I tinkered with different animation timing, finally settling on the letters coming on one at a time to show the increased voltage now that the voltmeters were gone, and saved out different formats for different platforms.”

The city of Como has dedicated  to Alessandro Volta  museums, exhibitions, monuments, streets and schools.

Click HERE to enjoy Volta’s Doodle!

Tempio Voltiano

RistorExpo 2015, “Rallegrare il Pianeta” – LarioFiere Erba

Today takes place the 18th edition of RistorExpo, the show dedicated to catering professionals. This year there is a link to Expo 2015: Cheer the RistorExpo 2015Planet.” The exposition is in fact considering food and nutrition, especially for the meaning of  food for the spirit.

The event is held in Erba, at LarioFiere, from 15 to 18 February. The program is full of events: workshops, seminars and internships so many training opportunities for professionals and young people. Click here to take a look!

Beside the food you cannot certainly miss WineExpo with its large choice of wines from all regions of Italy and abroad.

Among the special guests, Bruno Barbieri, starred chef, judge of Masterchef Italy 4 !!

Villa Olmo: Young European Creation Exhibition

Any suggestions on what to do in Como during these days? Sure!! We suggest visiting an interesting exhibition dedicated to young talents: 48 young artists coming  from 8 European countries.

From 14 February to 22 March 2015, the magnificent and beautiful Villa Olmo, is hosting  the Italian stop-over of the biennial art JCE Jeune Création Européenne.

The exhibition opening will be held at 16:00 on 14 February, the day dedicated to love, yes, but for art! In fact, Art will be praised through its possible forms, from painting to photography, from videos to performances.

An opportunity also to find new talents...

If you’re planning to spend an holiday in Como, or you’re just passing through, Villa Olmo is an easy romatic walk from our hotel on the lakefront.

Villa Erba in Cernobbio presents Master dogs & Master cats!

After the great success of the two previous editions of Felina Maxima, this year, on 7th and 8th February, there will be a pavillon entirely dedicated to dog shows: agility, disc dog, obedience, dog dance and much more…

The location is Villa Erba, few minutes by car or boat from Como.

Important dog trainers will be there with their dogs for a exciting show and to explain how to manage your dog with simple orders.

And who will desire to have a fantastic promenade with his dog within the romantic park of Villa Erba will have the opportunity to do it!

It will be a fantastic week end, don’t miss it.

Furthermore, this year there is also a separated Best in Show  on Saturday for British short Hair with the kind collaboration of CIBRIS, and on Sunday a separated Best in Show for Norvegian Forest Cats with the kind collaboration of CCFN.

Check the official website, click herecane e gatto --

Expo 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

2015 rhymes with EXPO!

EXPO Milano 2015 is a non-commercial Universal Exposition that is taking place in Milan from the 1st of May till the 31st October.

Did you know that about 1,3 tons of food get wasted every year?

Did you know that about 870 millions of people every year do not have enough food? and, instead, 2,8 millions of people die every year because of obesity diseases?

The Expo theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life“. It is sustainable, technological and focused on its visitors.

You will have the chance to visit the world sampling the food from all over the globe!!

Visit Expo Official Website


Como Magic Light Festival V edition: here we show you a majestic “Land of Toys” video, shot in Como… magic sparkling colours and a city adorned with beautiful architectural projections. About 800 thousands participants this year (200 thousands more than the last edition)!

Halloween night – Lake Como events

Did you know that “Halloween” is a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening?” How are you planning to celebrate? Come on, tell us the truth, you can’t wait to play “trick or treat”! Joking aside, we recommend a very impressive musical and visual show with extraordinary scenic richness on the notes of composer Danny Elfman.

You can choose to spend your time at Lake Como and be part of a quirky concert “The Spleen Orchestra in Tim Burton Show“…unmissable!

Gothic fairytale atmospheres from the most popular Tim Burton movies through a special live performance. It is played and performed by an eight men band, dressed up for the occasion!

The appointment is at Teatro Sociale, a theatre open more than 300 days a year, location of many activities such as dances, opera music shows and concerts. Last year, in 2013, the theatre celebrated its 200th anniversary.

You can purchase your tickets here.

Who doesn’t love Edward Scissorhands?


Villa del Balbianello October events

Villa del Balbianello, one of the most beautiful Villas on Lake Como, hosts three interesting and delicious events organized by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), a non-profit organisation which its purpose is to protect the Italian heritage.

On Friday 10th,17th and 24th October 2014, from 7pm till midnight, you have the chance to tickle your palate with refined theme dinners, tempting Italian food tasting, Villa del Balbianello guided tours and live music. The thirst for culture meets temptations of gluttony!

Friday 10th: Whisky tasting + jazz band followed by a very special dinner with a whisky theme menu;

Friday 17th: drum roll… it’s not the unlucky italian day, but the Truffle day at Villa del Balbianello, savoured with swing live music and also followed by an exquisite theme dinner;

Friday 24th: of course, this fantastic food festival couldn’t come without a delectable Chocolate tasting! You can’t miss La Scala di Milano Orchestra and the theme dinner.

These three events will be discussed in Italian, but hey…taste speaks a universal language, right?

The meeting point is at 6:30pm at Lido di Lenno.

It is necessary to reserve at or calling the telephone number 0039-034456110.

Does all this make you drool?

For more information please visit FAI website.

Tennis games at Lake Como: the ATP Tour Challenger Città di Como

Lake Como, Tennis, Renowned Tennis Players, Villa Olmo: do these few words remind you anything? It’s the  IX edition of the prestigious “ATP Tour Challenger Città di Como”, a very important event that takes place in the beautiful location of Villa Olmo.

So, if you like pretty places and tennis you can’t miss it!

The appointment is from August 23rd to 31st 2014 in the stunning setting of Villa Olmo Tennis Club, one of the most ancient tennis club of Italy, just few steps from our hotel on Lake Como.

This event hosted  important Tennis players including Filippo Volandri and Potito Starace but also other international big names. For them, this is not just an ordinary tennis game but a very influential challenge for earning ATP points that are necessary to mantain or increase their position in the ranking: excitings days are waiting for you at Lake Como!


You can find more information about how to get there HERE.


Lake Como Tennis games: the ATP Tour Challenger 2013 Video