Art and Culture
Villa Erba Church at Como The gorgeous Villa Pliniana View of the ancient castle at Santa Maria Rezzonico The beautiful Villa Carlotta Villa Balbianello Gorgeous picture of Lake Como Image of Cernobbio

Art and Culture

The unspoilt scenery that makes Lake Como unique stands side by side with architectural masterpieces of the Lombardian Romanic era, ancient churches, ostentatiously luxurious Baroque Palaces and fine frescoes going back to the 15th and 16th centuries. In this uniquely charming and fascinating place there is always something special to do or see thanks to the frequent organization of events, exhibitions and shows of all kinds.

Among the numerous museums to be seen all over this richly picturesque territory, the most curious is without doubt the museum dedicated to Como’s famous silk industry, the Museo della Seta di Como. The preciously rich thread called silk has made the Como “Silk District” famous all over the world and the museum has collected, preserved and now exhibits the many testimonials to this ancient love and passion for the silk arts. A similar passion is to be found in the Antonio Ratti Foundation, the ever-enthusiastic promoter of a number of important cultural and artistic initiatives, which have also travelled overseas. The Villa Serbelloni park on the other hand is the property of the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio and represents one of the most exclusively luxurious of all the venues on Lake Como. An extremely prestigious place to stay and the meeting place of intellectuals, over the ages it has hosted many illustrious personages, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Silvio Pellico and Alessandro Manzoni.

A unique and utterly absorbing art collection is the one to be found in the Pinacoteca di Palazzo Volpi in Como, while the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio is of inestimable value both from the spiritual and artistic point of view, and was registered as one of the UNESCO “World Heritage Sites” in 2003.

The Duomo di Como, the cathedral, the neoclassic Villa Olmo, the Baradello hill, the island of Comacina, the hermitage called the Eremo di San Donato are just not to be missed, and there is much, much more besides.

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