Como

The city on the lake

Quick Info

Country:
Italy
Region:
Lombardy
Spoken language:
Italian
Currency:
Euro
Documents:

Schengen Area: ID card or passport

Extra U.E.:short stays (3 months) passport valid at least three months after the departing date and if need be visa

Power and Sockets:
230 V / 50 Hz - F Type Plug (Schuko) and L Type Plug

The most enjoyable way to visit and admire the beauty of the lake is definitely by boat. And this activity goes back a long way: the first steamboat, the Lario, was launched in 1826. The nineteenth century was also marked by fierce competition between the two main boat companies, the “Società Lariana” and the “Società Italiana”, which both collapsed in 1953. The largest boat ever that have sailed on the lake, the Lombardia (63 metres long), was also built in the same period. The most important development occurred in the 20th century, though; after the Second World War, the boats were adapted to modern construction technologies, and the old steam engines were abandoned in favour of diesel engines.

Today, tourists can reach all the locations on the lake through an efficient navigation service, made of boats, ferries or steamboats. Numerous cruises are also offered on the lake. But for those who wish to relive the romance of the past, there are still some original steamboats operating, including the Concordia, built in 1926 and equipped with its original steam engine, and the steamboat Patria of 1926, famous for having had King Vittorio Emanuele III on board in 1927.

For information on times and charges for boat trips, visit the website:

www.navigazionelaghi.it

 

VILLAS ITINERARY BY BOAT

ITINERARY: Como – Cernobbio – Blevio – Moltrasio – Carate Urio

DURATION: about 2 hours

This itinerary uses the service provided by the company Navigazione del Lago di Como, which goes round the first basin of the lake without stopping in about two hours, starting from Como and passing through Cernobbio, Blevio, Moltrasio and Carate Urio.

Starting from Piazza Cavour in the centre of Como, the boat will follow the shore of the lake, allowing to admire the characteristic lakeside towns and villages, as well as magnificent villas. You will admire Villa D’Este (a sumptuous 17th-century abode), Villa Pizzo (16th century), Villa Erba (from 1897), Villa Le Rose, Villa Passalacqua, the bathing resort of Moltrasio and the Oratorio di S. Rocco (15th century). A short distance away is the famous Villa Scalfi, where the composer Vincenzo Bellini, one of the most famous opera writers of the nineteenth century, completed a number of pieces. Continuing, we come to the little port with the Rowing Club, the Castello di Urio (with wonderful gardens and terraces), the Romanesque bell tower of the Church of Santi Quirico e Giovita, Villa Fuoco (former abode of the famous ballerina Sofia Fuoco, now called Villa “Baragiola Carcano”) and, lastly, Villa Ripiego del Conte Triulzio (today known by the name of “Viganotti – Giusti”). The itinerary ends in the picturesque little port of Carate Urio, where you can admire one of the few “cargo” boats still existing on the lake.

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