On our historical attractions page are popular places of historical and general interest around Lake Como. In addition, we provide the street address and Google map link for further information. More attractions to be listed …
Broletto di Como
The Broletto di Como adjoins the ancient Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta-Duomo di Como). The construction dates back to 1215 and built in the Gothic-Romanesque style while the Renaissance elements of the facade date back to the 15th century.
Currently the Broletto is used as a congress hall and for art exhibitions.
Piazza del Duomo, 22100 Como
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta – Duomo di Como
The building of the Duomo in the Como began in 1396 and did not finish until 1770. The spectacular west front, built between 1457 and 1498.
Piazza del Duomo, 22100 Como
The Life Electric is a contemporary sculpture dedicated to the physicist Alessandro Volta (1745–1827). Designed by Daniel Libeskind and completed in 2015. It is located at the end of Diga foranea Piero Caldirola on the front of the Lake. It is made from stainless steel and a great place to watch the boats arriving and leaving Como.
Diga foranea Piero Caldirola, 22100 Como
The Teatro Sociale theatre was designed by architect Giuseppe Cusi. Construction started in early 1812 and finished in August 1813. In 1854 an additional thirty eight new boxes were added for a total of 98 and was re-opened in December 1855.
Among the performers who appeared during the 19th and early 20th century were Paganini, Giuditta Pasta, and Francesco Tamagno.
In the 1930s the theatre was turned into a cinema for a while. However, in 1944 it became the alternative opera house for Milan’s La Scala when it was damaged during the war. After major-works and remodelling took place, it now has 900 seats with five tiers.
Via Vincenzo Bellini, 3, 22100 Como
The Tempio Voltiano is a museum dedicated to Alessandro Volta, a scientist and the inventor of the electric battery. Alessandro Volta was born in Como in 1745 and died in 1827.
In 1800 Alessandro Volta invented the ‘Voltaic Pile’ an early version of the electric battery. Inside the Temple is a small museum with equipment and documents on display that Alessandro Volta had used to carry out his experiments.
Viale Guglielmo Marconi, 1, 22100 Como
Villa del Balbianello
The Villa del Balbianello is famous for its terraced gardens overlooking Lake Como. The villa is located in comune of Lenno . Built in 1787 on the former site of a Franciscan monastery.
The Villa is also known as one of the film locations for the James Bond movie ‘Casino Royale’ filmed in 2006, starring Daniel Craig as the MI6 agent James Bond. It was also used as a film location in the Star Wars feature film.
The Villa del Balbianello is now owned by the National Trust of Italy and part of the association of Grandi Giardini Italiani and is open to the public.
Via Guido Monzino, 1, 22016 Tremezzina
Villa Carlotta at Tremezzo
The villa was built at the end of 17th century by the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici. In 1843 the villa at Tremezzo was a wedding gift to Princess Carlotta and Georg II of Saxen-Meiningen from her mother Princess Marianne of Nassau the wife of Albert Frederick Augustus, King of Saxony.
The villa became more commonly known as Villa Carlotta. Now a beautiful restored museum and maintained gardens that is open to the public covering over 70.000 square metres. There is an entry charge and concessions are available.
Via Regina, 2, 22016 Tremezzina
Villa Melzi d’Eril
The Villa Melzi D’Eril is located in Bellagio and was designed by Giocondo Albertolli in 1808 for Francesco Melzi d’Eril. The Villa Melzi d’Eril is a private residence and not open to the public. However, the gardens are open to the public, usually from the 28th of March until the 31st of October.
The English style garden was designed by the architect Luigi Canonica and include sculptures, American redwood trees, Japanese maple trees and a statue of the Egyptian Goddess Pacht. The gardens are so peaceful and tranquil.
Lungo Lario Manzoni, 22021 Bellagio