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What’s on the 15th August?

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In Italy we don’t work on the 15th August, we usually have day trips or barbecues with friends. Anyway, if you are in Como, here are interesting tips to spend the day.

  1. A DAY IN A MUSEUM!

Tempio Voltiano Lake Como ItalyThe museums in Como will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m:

Museo Archeologico recollects the earliest history of Como, from the prehistory to the Middle Ages;
Museo Storico is home to many relics dedicated to the Italian Risorgimento (especially to the riots of 1848,1849 and 1859) and to 20th century wars.
Pinacoteca houses several sculptures and paintings
Tempio Voltiano houses Alessandro Volta’s tools, both original and reconstructed, together with documents about his life.

2. A WALK THROUGH HISTORY, ART and NATURE

Guided walk to discover the so-called Chilometro della conoscenza, a green corridor and cultural path. Meeting at 3 p.m. at Via Cantoni, 1 (main entrance of Villa Olmo). Price: 4€ (up to 10 years for free). No reservation needed. More info here

3. GUIDED TOURS OF CASTELLO BARADELLO

Torre Castel Baradello ComoFrom 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. you can have guided tours of Castello Baradello, one of the main symbols of Como city. From the top of the tower, you can enjoy a breathtaking view: from Switzerland to Milan, from Monte Rosa to Resegone…a 360° view on Lake Como, the Alps and even the whole Po Valley!

4. A PLEASANT WALK IN BRUNATE

Take the funicular in Como and reach the quiet Brunate to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life! Once there, you can have a pleasant walk to discover all the Liberty-style villas and Volta’s Ligthouse. Taking the funicular is sure an unmissable experience to enjoy Lake Como from the top step!

5. FIREWORKS ON THE LAKE!

You cannot miss the firework show in Cernobbio organized by Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, one of the most interesting architectural works of 16th century. You can enjoy the fireworks directly from Cernobbio’s lakefront.

Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como, as movies’ set: cinematic travel guide!

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Bellagio as movies' setFROM COMO TO BELLAGIO BY BOAT

Take a boat from Como to Bellagio to enjoy Lake Como from the water and live a unique experience. You can choose between speed service (which takes only 45 minutes to reach Bellagio) or boat (which takes 2 hours but allows you to enjoy more the lake) and boats normally depart from jetty number 4 or 5. For more information about timetables and prices, visit http://bit.ly/28XQ19i  and http://bit.ly/28XGbVV
Remember to bring a k-way or sweater with you, since on the boat there is always wind and you maybe are cold.

VILLA SERBELLONI and THE LOVELY LANES OF BELLAGIOBellagio as movies' set_1

In Bobby Deerfield (1977), Al Pacino and Marthe Keller arrive in Bellagio by ferry from Cadenabbia and decide to have dinner with a view and book a room at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. So, after reading the totem with information about the movies filmed in Bellagio, you can start your visit with a lovely walk through Bellagio’s lanes, punctuated with boutiques, souvenirs shops, bars and restaurants.
Don’t miss a visit to Basilica di San Giacomo (piazza della Chiesa 27): it is an important example of Romanesque and dates to 1075, when it was built by Maestri Comacini. Inside the basilica, you can see mosaics, romanesque sculptures, several paintings and the sculpted and golden wood altar.

Bellagio as movies' set_2PUNTA SPARTIVENTO, “THE HEART OF LAKE COMO”

In Bobby Deerfield you can see Punta Spartivento in a wonderful panoramic aerial view, accompanied by the theme Bellagio’s vista by Dave Grusin.
You can reach it by a 10 minutes’ walk from the basilica leads. It’s the panoramic point of Bellagio since you can enjoy magnificent views of Lake Como…the lake, the mountains and the two branches of Lake Como. It is also perfect for a picnic with your family or for romantic time with your sweetheart.

A ROMANTIC WALK ALONG THE LAKEFRONT.Bellagio as movies' set_3

Bellagio’s lakefront is perfect for a romantic hand-in-hand stroll with your sweetheart! It’s no coincidence that in the movie Rocco e i suoi Fratelli (1960) by Luchino Visconti Annie Girardot and Renato Salvatori kissed each other on this romantic promenade.
The lakefront takes you to Bellagio’s lido where you can sunbathe, sip a cocktail while admiring the breathtaking panorama and dance…Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox and Alessandro Gassman go swimming there in A month by the lake (1995).

Bellagio as movies' set_4VILLA MELZI AND ITS GARDEN

Don’t miss a visit to Villa Melzi, one of the main villas of Lake Como and among the most attractive places of Bellagio. The villa has a majestic garden, but don’t worry…you can’t get lost since they give you a map with your ticket. Start your visit with the oriental garden on the left of the entrance, whose peculiarity is the water lilies pool and Japanese maple plants; at the end of the pool you can see an artificial cave with a small stone bridge. Admire the Moorish kiosk nearby the lake, where the duke Lodovico Melzi went to have a cup of tea admiring Lake Como. Continue your visit and enjoy the landscapes of Lake Como from a gazebo situated in a grassy land once used as a tennis court; few steps more and…a gondola?! Surprised? Yes, a gondola, which was taken there by Napoleon’s order. At the end of the promenade, you can admire the lake from a terrace with a small water lilies pool. You can also visit the greenhouses, the bamboo grove and the noble chapel. For more information visit http://bit.ly/291baRc
In Frankestein Unbound (1990) Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron stayed there.

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