Como

A beautiful lake and a beautiful George.

Historic charm with its Gothic Cathedral, scenic views of Lake Como, local culinary delights, and tribute to inventor Alessandro Volta.

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Welcome to Como, an Italian city located at the southern tip of Lake Como in Northern Italy. Known for its Gothic Como Cathedral, a scenic funicular railway and panoramic views from hilltops.

Como has a rich history, dating back to Roman times. The old town features many ancient structures and sites, such as the Tempio Voltiano museum, dedicated to Alessandro Volta, a local physicist known for the invention of the electric battery. You can explore the old city walls and the many medieval towers that are scattered around the city, reflecting its long and colourful past.

Lake Como, after which the city is named, is a central part of the city's identity. A boat trip on the lake is a must-do activity, as it offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding Alpine landscape. There are also plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking around the lake, with trails suitable for all levels of fitness.

The culinary scene in Como is as Italian as it gets. Expect to find plenty of traditional Italian restaurants serving up classic dishes like risotto, polenta and lake fish. Try 'missultin', a typical local dish made from dried shad fish served with polenta. You can also sample some of the region's famous cheeses, like Taleggio and Gorgonzola, in the local markets.

One of the city's most iconic structures is its Cathedral (Duomo di Como), which took over three centuries to build and showcases a mix of different architectural styles, from Gothic to Renaissance. Its impressive façade and the richly decorated interior make it a popular spot for tourists.

Como has a mild climate, with warm summers and cool winters. The city is quite small, with a population of approximately 85,000 people. But despite its size, it has a lively cultural scene, with regular events, festivals and exhibitions. Its close proximity to Milan makes it a popular choice for day trips, although its charming atmosphere may entice you to stay for longer.

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