READY TO REOPEN !

Reopening from June 18th to live a different summer iin which it remains unchanged….

 

the BEAUTY, CHARM AND TRANQUILITY of LAKE COMO

Take advantage of this unique chance to visit the most beatiful Lake of the word

in total safety and with many special offers…

 

Call or email us at 003903126944   info@hotelmetropolesuisse.com

COMO IS A CANDIDATE FOR UNESCO AS A CREATIVE CITY FOR SILK

 

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 … ”

https://www.teatrosocialecomo.it/gallery/pieghevole-festival-201965web.pdf

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.

 

 

Grand Ball of the ’800 on Lake Como

TEATRO SOCIALE DI COMO and COMPAGNIA NAZIONALE DI DANZA STORICA

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 …!

 

For information and reservations: www.teatrosocialecomo.itbiglietteria@teatrosocialecomo.it

 

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:

 

BIG EVENTS

* 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

ILLUMINATIONS PROJECT AND XMAS DECORATIONSTeatro sociale

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…

NATIVITY SCENES EXHIBITION

@ San Giacomo Church, Como

XMAS WITH… SECURITY FORCE

Civic – minded and road-safety education for children

SPORT: ICE RINKIce Skating Rink

From 25th December to 7th January in Piazza Cavour

SACRED MUSIC

 

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

Taxi

Boat

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 things to do & see at Lake Como

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)

reference websites:

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)

reference websites:    www.lakecomofoodtours.com  /  www.museosetacomo.com                       www.teatrosocialecomo.it /   www.cattedraledicomo.it  /  http://www.comoeilsuolago.it/tempiovoltiano.htm

 

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

www.highlinegalleria.com

 

 

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

reference websites:

www.scalomilano.it    /    www.centroilcentro.it    /   www.foxtown.com

 

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

reference websites: http://www.villaerba.it / www.villadeste.com   /   http://orticolario.it