Como, Italy

Como is a beautiful destination located in the heart of Lombardy, Italy. It’s proximity to beautiful natural landmarks like Lake Como and the Alps Mountains has made it a popular vacation spot for both Italians and international travelers. It is also home to many cultural and historical landmarks, making it an ideal place to spend time on holiday.

Como was originally created by the Romans, who used the town to signify the end of the Piedmont Road. In those times, the first century BC, it was an important communication location for Romans in times of battle and expansion. It was only under the reign of Julius Caesar that streets were laid out, and the area of Novum Comum became an official municipality. Thanks to the central location of Como, and it’s incredible natural beauty, it has been fought over by many countries and monarchies in it’s history, including France, Spain, and Austria, before finally becoming a part of Italy in the late 19th century.

For most of Como’s recent history, the economy has been based primarily on industry, most notable the silk trade for which it is still famous. However, in recent years there has been a dramatic shift in industry to tourism, thanks in large part to the filming of many Hollywood films in the area. As celebrities and the wealthy travel to Como on holiday and buy homes there, a greater need for the service industry has arisen. Today, the dominant sector of industry is service, both for tourism in Como and in the nearby city of Milan, where many residents travel to work each day.

There are plenty of reasons tourists choose to visit Como, aside from the impressive outdoor attractions of the lake and nearby mountains. Some historical landmarks include Broletto, the ancient town hall, and Casa del Fascio, a famed building from the 1930s known as Europe’s landmark modern architecture. Many religious buildings are also worth a visit, including the famed 14th century Como Cathedral, and the ancient Roman Basilica of Sant’Abbondio, which was consecrated by the Pope in the 11th century. Many famed ancients called the city of Como home, including Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, and the ancient Roman poet Caecilius.

Of course, the gorgeous Lake Como is one of the big draws to the area. Boat trips are a common pastime, and a great way to see the beautiful scenery on land from a new perspective. Como has a humid subtropical climate, meaning that the best time for water sports on the lake is in the summer months. Jogging, cycling, or just walking on the lakeside paths is a popular activity among locals and tourists, and there are plenty of friendly and welcoming cafes and restaurants along the way. Stop in for a chat with the kind locals, or just a scoop of gelato to cool down.


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