Como City Itineraries

SAN FEDELE CHURH SANT'ABBONDIO CHURCH SAN CARPOFORO CHURCH
THE CATHEDRAL COMO'S MARKET  
     

Como city, situated on the banks of the Como lake, is encircled by enchanting hills and couldn't be easier to visit. Travelling from Milan to Como takes less than one hour by train and even less time by car.

There are many interesting sites to visit whilst meandering through the streets of Como, historical monuments, beautiful villas and breath-taking sights .

The historic centre is located in-side the ancient city walls where there are many shops and boutiques, and plenty of cafes for you to rest, enjoy the view and have a well earned re-freshment.  

Today Como is a dynamic, business city with an important history in textile (mainly silk) manufacturing and trading.

Due to this traditional textile industry the city is commonly referred to as the Silk Capital.

SAN FEDELE CHURCH

Located in the middle of the walled town, possible first Cathedral in Como, the church was built from the 11th to the end of the 13th century. It features a complex planimetry including three short naves, provided with women's galleries. The naves then broaden - around the tyburium - making up a wide body with three choirs flanked by an ambulatory: particularly refinded is the central apse with a series of niches at the base, an inner loggia and a smaller outer loggia. Outside next to the apse there is a remarkable sculpted portla featuring Daniel in the lion's den; inside there are paintings dating back to the 14th century, frescoes of the early 17th century and piantings by Carlo Innocenzo Carloni. The facade and the bell tower were restored in the early 20th century

Opening Times:  from 8.00 til 12.00 and from 15.30 till 19.00


SANT'ABBONDIO CHURCH

Erected in the 11th century, on the same spot where the early Christian church of Saints Peter and Paul once stood, the Basilica of Sant'Abbondio is a building with a nave and four aisles, an elongated choir and two bell towers. Having been modified and restored very often, its typical Como style modules are blended with examples of foreign intervention, e.g. Norman, Burgundian and German. Its severe and unadorned façade contains robust pilaster strips resting on four columns, which previously belonged to the arcades built on two storeys, between the 12th and the 14th centuries, and, afterwards, eliminated. The two bell towers reveal a structure of Norman origin and owe their light appearance to the mullioned windows with one or three lights. The apse is remarkable in its semicylindrical form, with geometrical and floral decorations and arch crowned columns. The interior features the narthex, supported by pillars; imposing hewn stone columns with cubic capitals (central nave) and monolitic capitals (side aisles); a trussed roof and paintings by Cerano and the Recchis. The frescoes of the apse are a significant example of the blending of local and Tuscan motifs.


SAN CARPOFORO CHURCH

Located on the ancient Roman road connecting Como to Milan, on the hillside Baradello’s, the church of the 11th century shows a basilica plan with three naves interrupted by a transept nearly in the middle of their length. The eastern part is made up of a large apse with richly decorated walls, a crypt in the basement and two side apses; furthermore, over the presbytery, a raised roof made up a second pseudo-transept. Heavily alterd during the centuries, the church was restored in the 19th century but it has not recovered the integrity of the original building.


THE CATHEDRAL

Begun in 1.396, on the site of the Romanesque Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the construction of the cathedral lasted four centuries. Looking at its structure, you will see the changing in styles which occurred throughout the centuries: the late Gothic of the façade, the Renaissance lines of the apse and the 18th century dome. Lorenzo degli Sprazzi, from Val d'Intelvi, Pietro da Breggia and Fiorino da Bontà, from Como, and Tommaso Rodari, from Maroggia, were among the numerous artists who took part in the construction of the Cathedral. The two statues of Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, placed on the sides of the portal, are by Rodari. The great dome, finished in 1.744 was designed by F. Juvara. Items of interest, inside the Cathedral, are the two columniferous lions (12th century), a niche, a sarcophagus and a marble altar (14th century) saved from the demolition of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore; altars, altar-pieces and portals by Rodari; 16th century paintings by B. Luini, G. Ferrari and B. Lanino; 17th century frescoes by Morazzone; 16th and 17th century tapestries from Ferrara and Flanders, Baroque stuccoworks by A. and F. Silva and 19th century stained glass windows by G. and P. Bertini.


COMO'S MARKET

Plan to visit the Como Farmer’s Market during your stay at Il Montesino bed and breakfast 

More than thirty local farmers bring their products to the market to sell directly to consumers. You’ll experience a taste of Comaschi culture mingling with locals and enjoying farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, marmalades, honey, bread and so much more! Every product sold by these farmers was produced right here in the Como territory. It’s Como’s green initiative in action – promoting local farmers, sustainability and healthy eating.

Location: Via Mentana Como

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday (from 8:00am to 1:00pm) and 
Saturday from 8:00am to 3:00pm.


 

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