Como: The Land of Toys XXV Edition


Magic Light Festival


From November 24th  2018 to January 6th 2019

the 25° 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. This year Como will be the first placeto let the monument speak with special effects of sound animation.

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 3° Edition of “Noir in Festival”, the very important film and literature festival featuring the Raymond Chandler award, in the prestigious frame of the Sociale Theatre from 6th to 9th December, and the absolute 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.



Como, a medieval event: Palio of Baradello 2018

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.

90694_1097839_POZ_6051_8808955_mediumHave 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.

Castel Baradello, dal blog di ComoLake

Castel Baradello, dal blog di ComoLake


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 9, at 5pm, the race of Lucie, the traditional Lake Como wooden boats;

• Friday, September 14 at 8:30pm, the laundress race, a female race with wheelbarrows full of clothes;

• Saturday, September 15 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 15 at 3 pm, the tug of war, which will award the winner village.


Il tiro alla fune, foto del sito ufficiale

Il tiro alla fune, foto del sito ufficiale


The most important event is the  Great Historical Parade that will take place on Sunday, September 16 (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 8 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! SIG.RA BARBARA 328-7441331 SIG.RA VANNA 333-4686495 SIG.RA MARIANNA 333-1234724.

Click here to get more information about the program

Cena medievale, foto dal sito uffiale

Cena medievale, foto dal sito uffiale








Grand Ball of the ’800 on Lake Como


are pleased to invite you to the

Grand Ball of the ‘800 on Lake Como


Saturday 19th May, from 7.00 pm



Only in Como you can live the the magic and romantic atmosphere of an authentic 19th-century Grand Ball!

Emotions that only the “Compagnia Nazionale di Danza Storica” –  directed by Nino Graziano Luca – can give you and, above all, with the Grand Ball of the 800 on Lake Como, an event born from the Grand Ball of the 800 that for many years is hosted by Castles, Emassies and luxury hotels, just for its exclusivity.

The Grand Ball of the 800 on Lake Como will open the dances with extraordinary dancers in elegant tailcoats and precious crinoline dresses that will perform Waltzes, Quadrilles and Mazurkas taken from the most famous Masters of the nineteenth century and the most enchanting costume drama. It will be an elegant, amusing and exciting event also for the musical repertoire: from Rossini to Strauss, from Verdi to Ziehrer, from Bellini to Ciajkovsky and Puccini. Atmospheres of other times, therefore, with nineteenth-century dresses and imperial buffet will bring back the public back in time.

We will lead the whole city in a magical world and in a fairytale atmosphere …!


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What can I drink at Lake Como? Try RIVO Foraged Gin!

In the fields around Lake Como you can find medicinal herbs: Thyme, Melissa, Santoreggia and  Pimpinella. These are secret places where local women have been gathering herbs and flowers for the preparation of magic remedies since ancient times.

From these botanicals, wisely collected by hand after walking for many kilometers along the slopes of the mountains surrounding the lake, RIVO Foraged Gin is created.


Salad burnet, winter savory, lemon balm and Breckland thyme are among the local herbs we forage and combine with juniper, coriander, cardamom and angelica to create RIVO Gin’s unique flavor bouquet.

Staying true to its Italian roots, RIVO Gin is an artisan product made with passion and love. The distillation happens in
small batches and using only the finest botanicals.
 There are no additives, sugars or artificial ingredients. RIVO Gin is 43% alcohol by volume and is made from Italian grain alcohol.

Como: the World Silk Capital

“ Who was Pietro Boldoni?” one guest asked some days ago. She was having a walk through the city centre when she noticed a street called “Via Pietro Boldoni”.

Do you know who was this man? He was the introducer of the silk industry in Como in the XVI century.
In fact,  the most ancient factory for the silk manufacture dates back to 1510 and it is represented by a throwing mill built by Pietro Boldoni.

Even today the city of Como is considered the World Silk Capital and it’s the perfect location to enhance your wardrobe:  scarfs,ties, clothing and accessories. In other words, a manifacturing excellence of “Made in Italy”.

from Silk Museum Book

from Silk Museum Book


An authentic proof regarding Como’s glorious past is the Silk Museum that  shows an important heritage that allows visitors to travel through the history of silk again, through drawings, textile products, photographs, prints and machinery.

Our lobby  is hosting a marvellous antique sewing machine that directly comes from the museum, a little preview of the amazing silk world that you will find during your visit.

Sewing machine in our lobby from Silk Museum

Sewing machine in our lobby from Silk Museum

How to get to Silk Museum from the hotel: you can catch buses n° 1 or n° C40 or train to Como Borghi Station.

Opening hours: from Tuesday to Friday 9:00-12:00am and 3:00-6:00pm.

Download the new App of Silk Museum from your AppStore, look for “Museo della Seta”.

Como, the Land of Toys – Christmas 2017

It’s time for ” Como, the Land of Toys” (La città dei Balocchi)

Duomo - La città dei balocchi

So here is the programme:



* Santa Claus’ coming: 24th December at Broletto

* Befana’s coming: famous character from Italian folklore, Epihany Day 6th January

* New Year’s Eve by Lake Como: music entertainment with fireworks show, 31st December


from 25th November

* Como Magic Light Festival: Location –> Piazza Duomo, Piazza Verdi, Piazza Grimoldi, Piazza San Fedele, Piazza Volta. The main buildings will turn into a scenographic and suggestive architectural projections festival!!

OPEN MARKETSIce skating rink and open markets

 in Piazza Cavour and Portici Plinio: typical wooden little houses with gastonomical products of the region and from all over Italy, gift ideas, Mediterranean fragrances from incences to jams and much more…


@ San Giacomo Church, Como


Civic – minded and road-safety education for children

SPORT: ICE RINKIce Skating Rink

From 25th December to 7th January in Piazza Cavour



at Duomo Cathedral

Magic Light Festival

Gardening with passion: ORTICOLARIO – Lake Como

Orticolario is an event that you can’t miss if you love gardening.

It is held annually in Como, at Villa Erba on Lake Como, this year from September 29th to October 1st.

Here you will find plants and flowers of different colors, scents, enchanted gardens and further more! Orticolario is also full of art, culture, photography and meeting with leading experts.

The flower of this year? The Fuchsia flower will be the star of Orticolario 2017 and it will be placed in the park, in the gardens, through the installations, among the exhibitors, between events and demonstrations of flower arranging. You can admire several examples!

This ninth edition is dedicated to the moon: its “soaring” in the cosmos is an eternal dance that shows us different portraits of the same face.

Orticolario is open to the public from 9 to 19:30 The ticket price is 17.00 €

How to reach Villa Erba from our hotel:

Bus lines 6-11 – C20 – C28








Top 10 things to do & see at Lake Como


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)

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N 2. Cable Car to Brunate for a unique view of town & lake

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N 3. Culture & Food Tour of the old town (Cathedral, Museums, Theater)

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N 4. Life Electric by Daniel Libeskind – 2015

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N 5. Milan – Capital of Culture & Fashion (50 minutes by train or car)

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N 6. Shopping around (Malls within 45 minus driving)

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N 7. Hydroplane Tour (unique in Europe)

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N 8. Cruise with the hystoric “Concordia” steam boat  

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N 9.   Villa Olmo & Villa del Grumello – “Km of Knowledge”

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N 10. Cernobbio

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Lake Como: Sport & Culture (summer events 2017)

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.


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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.







Do you find yourself hot today? There are many ways to stay cool in Como and its surrounding areas

What should you do when the temperature is unbearably hot?  We recommend diving into the lake, taking a dip in an outdoor swimming pool or spending the day at Monte Tamaro Splash & Spa (in the mountains).

If you stay at our hotel, it won’t be difficult to find the perfect way to spend your day.  Our reception is always more than happy to help you find the option that works best for you.

Staying in Como…

You can start your day off with a 20-minute, relaxing and panoramic walk to Lido di Villa Olmo.  At Lido, you will find a scenic beach, beach chairs & umbrellas, two swimming pools and a private terrace with a Jacuzzi.

Take the boat and reach Cernobbio in 5 mins

Lido di Cernobbio

Lido di Cernobbio is one of the most beautiful locations on Lake Como. The pool and tanning areas give you a wonderful panoramic view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Spending a day in Ticino

Splash & Spa  in Monte Tamaro: swimming pools, waves, water slides, water games for small children, whirlpools, hot pools and an elegant spa area with saunas, steam baths and a wonderful Hamam. You can reach it by taking either the bus or train.




Canottieri Lario  ; Rowing boats

Sailing days Sailing boats