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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, a mesmerizing visual experience that unveils the hidden treasures of Como: – Como is a beautiful city in Lombardy, Italy, that overlooks the southwest end of Lake Como. It is a historic town that was founded by Julius Caesar as a Roman resort in the 1st century BC¹. Como is famous for its stunning architecture, rich culture, and scenic views. It is also a popular destination for shopping, especially for silk products. Some of the main attractions in Como are: – The Duomo or Cathedral of Como, a magnificent example of Gothic and Renaissance art that took over three centuries to complete. – The Basilica of Sant’Abbondio, a Romanesque church that dates to the 11th century and features frescoes from the 14th century. – The Tempio Voltiano, a neoclassical museum dedicated to Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the electric battery and a native of Como. – The Villa Olmo, a neoclassical villa surrounded by a large park that hosts art exhibitions and cultural events. – The Funicular that connects Como to Brunate, a hilltop village that offers panoramic views of the city and the lake. Como is also a great base for exploring the other towns and villages on Lake Como, such as Cernobbio, Bellagio, and Varenna. You can take a boat ride on the lake and admire the elegant villas and gardens that dot the shore. Lake Como is one of the most glamorous and romantic places in Italy, and Como is its charming gateway.

The Raliway Staion can be found in P.le S. Gottardo (Photos 1-2) – Viale Tokamachi is a street in Como, Italy, that is named after the Japanese city of Tokamachi, which is Como’s sister city since 1983. The street is located near the Como San Giovanni railway station, and it features a monument called Le Mani (The Hands), which symbolizes the friendship between the two cities. The monument consists of two bronze hands that emerge from the ground and hold each other, creating a bridge over a small stream. (Photos 3-4-5) – Viale Innocenzo XI is a street in Como, Italy, that is located near the historic center of the city and the Como San Giovanni railway station. The street is named after Pope Innocent XI, who was born in Como in 1611 and reigned from 1676 to 16892. The street has some interesting buildings and monuments, such as:- B&B Hotel Como City Center, a modern and comfortable hotel that offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and LCD TV. The hotel is close to the main attractions of Como, such as the Cathedral, the Tempio Voltiano, and the lakefront. – Banca Popolare di Sondrio, a bank that was founded in 1871 and has branches all over Italy. The bank provides various financial services. Le Mani (The Hands), a sculpture that was installed in 2005 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the twinning between Como and Tokamachi, a city in Japan. (Photos 5-6)

Via Tolomeo Gallio is a street in Como, Italy, that is named after Tolomeo Gallio, a cardinal and diplomat who was born in Como in 1527 and died in 1607. The street is located near the Como San Giovanni railway station, and it has some interesting places to visit, such as:- Poste Italiane, the Italian postal service, where you can send and receive mail, buy stamps, pay bills, and access other services. (Photos 7-8-9) – Piazza Cacciatori delle Alpi is a square in Como, Italy, that is located in Via Tolomeo Gallio. The square is named after the Hunters of the Alps, a volunteer army that fought for the unification of Italy in the 19th century. (Photos 10-11) – Here are some details about Chiesa della Beata Vergine di Loreto in Como:- It is a Roman Catholic church that was built in the 17th century and has a baroque style. It is located near Piazza Cacciatori delle Alpi, a square that commemorates the Italian soldiers who fought in the wars of independence. The church has a dome, a bell tower, and a richly decorated interior. The main altar has a painting of the Madonna of Loreto by Carlo Innocenzo Carloni, a famous painter of the Lombard school. The church is also known as the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna, because it houses a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary with a dark complexion. The statue is said to have miraculous powers and is venerated by the faithful. (Photo 10) – Viale Varese is a street in Como, that runs from the city center to the north-east. It is a busy and lively road, with many shops, restaurants, bars, and services. (12-13-14-15) – Via Cinque Giornate is a street in the city of Como. It is located in the historical center of the city, near the Piazza Duomo and the lake promenade. It is a lively and charming area, with many shops, restaurants, cafes, and cultural attractions. (Photos 16-17)

Via Armando Diaz is a street in the city of Como in the historical center of the city, which runs from Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini to Viale Carlo Cattaneo. It is a busy and lively area, with many shops, services, restaurants, and bars. (Photos 18-19-20-21) – Via Lambertenghi a street in Como which runs from Viale Carlo Cattaneo to Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini. Via Lambertenghi is a street in Como which runs from Viale Carlo Cattaneo to Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini. (Photo 22) – Via Bonanomi is a street in Como which runs from Via Indipendenza to Via Lambertenghi. (Photo 23) – Via Collegio dei Dottori is a street in Como which runs from Via Lambertenghi to Via Via Rusconi. (Photo 24) -Via Rusconi is a street in Como which runs from Via Lambertenghi to Via Vittorio Emanuele II. (Photos 25-26) – Via Vittorio Emanuele II is another lively street in the city of Como in the historical centre, which runs from Piazza del Duomo to Via Serafino Balestra. You will also find the Palazzo Cernezzi which is a historical building in the city of Como. It is currently the headquarters of the Municipality of Como and hosts various public offices and functions. It was built between the 16th and 17th centuries on some pre-existing medieval structures and incorporates the remains of a medieval tower. The palace was owned by several noble families, such as the Cemme, the Porta, the Cernezzi, the Brocca, and the Bruni, before being acquired by the city in 1853. The palace has been renovated and restored several times over the years, with special attention to its architectural and artistic features. (Photos 27-28) – Via Maestri Comacini is a street in the city of Como. It is located in the historical center of the city, near the Piazza Cavour and the lakefront. It is a busy and lively area, with many shops, services, restaurants, and bars. (Photos 29-30) – The Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta & Santa Pazienza Di Como, also known as the Duomo di Como, is the main cathedral of the city of Como. It is one of the most significant Gothic churches in Northern Italy, with its light-azure domes and impressive facade. It was built between 1396 and 1770, over the site of an earlier Romanesque church. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and to Saint Patience, a third-century martyr who was the first bishop of Como. The Cattedrale has a Latin cross plan, with a nave and two aisles, a transept, a choir, and an apse. The interior is decorated with frescoes, paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, and tapestries.The main facade is made of white and gray marble, with a rose window and three portals. The central portal has a bronze door with scenes from the life of Christ and Mary. The dome was added in 1740 by Filippo Juvarra, a famous Baroque architect. It is covered with copper plates and has a lantern with a statue of the Madonna. The bell tower was completed in 1770 by Giuseppe del Fabro. It is 75 meters high and has eight bells. (Photos 31-32-40-41) -Giardino Monsignor Alessandro Maggiolin can be found in Piazza Giuseppe Verdi (Photo 33)

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi is a square in the city of Como. It is located in the historical center of the city, near the lakefront and the Duomo. It is a popular and lively area, with many cultural and social events. It is named after Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most famous Italian composers of opera. There is a statue of him in the center of the square, made by Ettore Ximenes in 1901. It is surrounded by several historical and artistic buildings, such as the Teatro Sociale, a neoclassical theater that hosts concerts, operas, and ballets. It is also a place where people can enjoy various activities, such as shopping, dining, and relaxing. There are many shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars on the square and nearby streets. (Photos 34-35)  – Via Pretorio a street in Como which runs from Piazza Giuseppe Verdi to Piazza Guido Grimoldi. (Photos 36-37-38)

Piazza del Duomo is the main square of Como. It is surrounded by historical and artistic buildings, such as the Como Cathedral, the Broletto (the old town hall). The square is a popular tourist attraction and a lively spot for locals and visitors alike. The Broletto, or Palazzo del Comune, is the former town hall of Como. It dates back to the 13th century and was originally used as a meeting place for the city council and the public assembly. The building has a distinctive striped facade of white and gray stone, with a central tower and a balcony. It is now used for cultural events and exhibitions. (Photos 39-40-41) – Via Caio Plinio Secondo a street in Como which runs from Piazza Giuseppe Verdi to Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour. (Photo 42) –  Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour in Como is the main square of the city and is surrounded by historical and artistic buildings, such as the Como Cathedral, the Broletto (the old town hall), and the Porta Torre (a medieval gate). The square is a popular tourist attraction and a lively spot for locals and visitors alike. (Photos 43-44)

The Fontana di Villa Geno is a beautiful fountain located in front of the Villa Geno, a neoclassical villa on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. The fountain was built between 1948 and 1951 by Renato Uslenghi, and it can shoot water up to 40 meters high. The Villa Geno was originally a convent of the Humiliati order, then a hospital, and finally a private residence of the Cornaggia Medici family, who renovated it in the 19th century with the help of architect Giacomo Tazzini1. The villa is now a restaurant and a popular wedding venue, and it offers a stunning view of the lake and the promontory. The fountain and the villa are connected to the city center by a scenic lake promenade (Photo 45) – Viale Geno is a street in Como, that runs along the eastern shore of Lake Como. It is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, as it offers a scenic view of the lake and the mountains, as well as access to many attractions and amenities. Viale Geno is a great place to enjoy the beauty and culture of Como. You can walk, bike, or take a boat to explore its attractions. You can also relax and admire the scenery from one of its many benches or viewpoints. Viale Geno is a street that will make you fall in love with Como. (Photos 46-47-48-49-50-51-52) – Passeggiata romantica is a term that refers to a scenic and romantic walk along the shore of Lake Como in Italy. (Photos 53-54) – Piazza Alcide de Gasperi is a square in Como, Italy, that is located near the lake and the funicular station. It is named after Alcide de Gasperi, an Italian statesman and one of the founding fathers of the European Union. The square is a lively and busy place, where you can find several attractions and amenities, such as: Bar Giuliani: A cozy and elegant bar that offers a variety of drinks, snacks, and desserts. It is a popular spot for aperitivo, the Italian tradition of having a drink and some food before dinner. Funicolare Como-Brunate: A cable car that connects Como to Brunate, a hilltop town that offers a panoramic view of the lake and the Alps. The funicular was inaugurated in 1894 and it runs every 15 minutes from 6 am to 10 pm (until midnight in summer). (Photos 55-56)

Lungo Lario Trieste is a street in Como, which is located along the shore of Lake Como, one of the most beautiful and popular lakes in Europe. Lungo Lario Trieste offers a variety of attractions and services for visitors, such as: Hotels: There are several hotels on Lungo Lario Trieste, ranging from historic to modern, that provide comfortable accommodation and stunning views of the lake. Some examples are the Palace Hotel, the Terminus Hotel, and the Suites & Atelier Lake Como. – Restaurants: Lungo Lario Trieste is also home to a veriety of restaurants in Como, where you can enjoy delicious dishes made with local ingredients and inspired by Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. Some examples are L’antica Riva, Ristorante Antica Darsena and Ristorante e Pizzeria Fontana D’Oro. (Photos 57-62-64-65-66-67-68) – Piazza Giacomo Matteotti can be found at the roundabout where Lungo Lario Trieste follows along the lakeside. – (Phots 63)  Via Coloniola is a street in Como which runs from Piazza Alcide de Gasperi to Piazza Giovanni Amendola. (Photos 58-59) – Piazza De Orchi can be found along Lungo Lario Trieste (Photos 60-61) – Lungolago Mafalda di Savoia is a street in Como. It is located along the shore of Lake Como, one of the most beautiful and popular lakes in Europe. Lungolago Mafalda di Savoia offers a variety of attractions and services for visitors, such as:- The Ferry Port:- Where you can catch a boat or a ferry to explore other towns and villages along Lake Como. You can also admire the scenery and the architecture of Como from the water. – Shopping: Lungolago Mafalda di Savoia is a fusion of parkland, promenade, and retail precinct. You can find shops selling clothes, accessories, souvenirs, and more along the street. You can also enjoy the view of the lake and the mountains while you shop. War Memorial: Lungolago Mafalda di Savoia is also the site of a war memorial that commemorates the residents of Como who gave their lives for their country in World War II3. The memorial consists of a large stone wall with the names of the fallen and a bronze statue of a soldier. (Photos 69-70-71-72-73-74)

Giardini del Tempio Voltiano is a public park in Como, that is located next to the Tempio Voltiano, a museum dedicated to the famous scientist and inventor Alessandro Volta. The park offers a beautiful view of Lake Como and its surroundings, as well as a relaxing and green space for visitors and locals. The park was created in the 1920s, when the Tempio Voltiano was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Volta’s death. The park covers an area of about 10,000 square meters and has a variety of plants and flowers, such as roses, magnolias, azaleas, and camellias. The park is also a popular spot for leisure and recreation, especially for young people. You can find benches, tables, playgrounds, and small beaches along the park, where you can enjoy the sun, the breeze, and the water. You can also rent bikes or boats from nearby shops and explore the lake and its surroundings. (Photos 75-76-77-78-79-80-81) – The Tempio Voltiano is a museum in Como, Italy, that is dedicated to Alessandro Volta, a famous scientist and inventor of the electrical battery. Volta was born in Como in 1745, held his first professorship there until 1779, and retired to Como in 1819. The museum was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death and hosts a collection of his scientific instruments, personal belongings, and awards. – The museum is located on a street along the shore of Lake Como. It is a neoclassical building designed by Federico Frigerio and inaugurated in 192812. It has a circular plan with a dome and a portico supported by 12 columns. The facade has two statues of Volta and four allegorical figures representing electricity, magnetism, mechanics, and chemistry. The museum has two floors and displays more than 200 items related to Volta’s life and work. The ground floor has a large hall with a statue of Volta and showcases containing his early voltaic piles (batteries), electroscopes, electrometers, condensers, and other devices. The first floor has a gallery with portraits, medals, diplomas, letters, manuscripts, and books by or about Volta. (Photos 78-79)

Viale Giancarlo Puecher is a street in Como, Italy, that runs along the shore of Lake Como, one of the most beautiful and popular lakes in Europe. Viale Giancarlo Puecher has several attractions and services for visitors and locals, such as: – The Monumento ai Caduti a war memorial in Como, that commemorates the fallen soldiers of World War I. It is a 30-meter-high tower, covered with stone from Aurisina and Reppen, and pierced by large windows. Inside, there is a granite monolith with the names of 650 Como casualties engraved on it. The monument was inspired by a sketch by the futurist architect Antonio Sant’Elia, who died in the war. It was designed and built by Giuseppe Terragni and his brother Attilio, with the collaboration of Enrico Prampolini and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. The monument was inaugurated on November 4, 1933, and stands on the lakeside, next to the Tempio Voltiano and near the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia (Photo 82) – The Aero Club Como is a seaplane flight operation in Como, Italy, that offers flight training, sightseeing tours, and charter services. It was founded in 1930 and is the oldest seaplane flight operation in the world. The Aero Club Como operates from a base on the shore of Lake Como, near the Tempio Voltiano and the Monumento ai Caduti. It has a fleet of 12 seaplanes, including Cessna 172s, Cessna 206s, Piper PA-18 Super Cubs, and Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneers. The Aero Club Como also has a museum that displays historical seaplanes and memorabilia. (Photos 83-85) – Passeggiata Lino Gelpi is one of the most charming walks in Como, Italy. It is a lakeside stroll that starts from Piazza Cavour and leads west to Villa Olmo. Along the way, you can admire the Monumento ai Caduti, a 1931 memorial to Italy’s WWI dead, and several mansions and villas, such as Villa Saporiti and Villa Gallia1. The walk is about 2 km long and takes about 30 minutes. It offers beautiful views of the lake and the mountains, as well as a glimpse of the history and culture of Como. (Photos 84-86-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-94-95-96) – Villa Olmo is a beautiful neoclassical villa in Como, that was built in the late 18th and early 19th century by the architect Simone Cantoni for the marquis Innocenzo Odescalchi. The villa has a majestic facade with a colonnade and medallions of philosophers, and a splendid interior with frescoes, statues, and stucco decorations. The villa also has a theater, a fountain, and a temple in its gardens. Villa Olmo is now a public property that hosts exhibitions, events, and conferences.

Como Cuisine:- Here are some of the typical dishes you can find in Como and its surroundings: Risotto con filetti di pesce persico: This is a creamy rice dish with perch fillets, a fish that is abundant in Lake Como. The rice is cooked with butter, white wine, parsley and sometimes saffron, and then topped with the tender fish. It is a simple but delicious dish that showcases the freshness of the lake’s produce. Missoltino: Also known as missultin, this is a traditional way of preserving shad, another fish from Lake Como. The fish are scaled, gutted, salted and dried in the sun for about 10 days. Then they are flattened and stored in metal containers with bay leaves and pressed to extract the oil. To eat them, they are grilled or fried and served with polenta. Polenta: Polenta is a staple food in northern Italy, made from cornmeal cooked in water or broth. It can be served hot and creamy, or cooled and sliced. Polenta is often paired with cheese, butter, meat or fish dishes. Some variations of polenta include polenta uncia, which is layered with cheese and butter sauce, and polenta toc, which is cooked with milk and cheese.

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Photo Gallery of Walk 1 – Stazione FS San Giovanni, P.le S. Gottardo to Via Armando Diaz
Approximately 0.99 km – 0.61 miles

The walk starts at Stazione FS San Giovanni, P.le S. Gottardo – P.le S. Gottardo – V.le Tokamachi – V.le Innocenzo XI – Via Tolomeo Gallio – Piazza Cacciatori delle Alpi – Viale Varese – Walk back along Viale Varese to Via Cinque Giornate – Via Armando Diaz

Photo Gallery of Walk 2 – Via Armando Diaz to Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour
Approximately 1.02 km – 0.63 miles

The walk starts in Via Armando Diaz – Via Lambertenghi – Via Bonanomi – Via Collegio dei Dottori – Via Rusconi – Via Vittorio Emanuele II – Via Maestri Comacini – Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta & Santa Pazienza Di Como- Duomo di Como, Piazza del Duomo – Giardino Monsignor Alessandro Maggiolini – Piazza Giuseppe Verdi – Via Pretorio – Piazza del Duomo – Via Caio Plinio Secondo – Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour

Photo Gallery of Walk 3  – Fontana di Villa Geno, Viale Geno to Lungo Lario Trieste
Approximately 1.25 km – 0.78 miles

The walk starts at the Fontana di Villa Geno – Viale Geno – Passeggiata romantica – Piazza Alcide de Gasperi – Lungo Lario Trieste – Via Coloniola – Via Dionigi da Parravicino – Via Crespi – Piazza De Orchi – Piazza De Orchi – Piazza Giacomo Matteotti – Lungo Lario Trieste

Photo Gallery of Walk 4 – Lungo Lario Trieste to Passeggiata Lino Gelpi
Approximately 1.79 km – 1.11 miles

The walk starts in Lario Trieste – Lungolago Mafalda di Savoia – Giardini del Tempio Voltiano – Viale Giancarlo Puecher – P.le Francesco Somaini – Passeggiata Lino Gelpi