The Como Lake, also called Lario, is situated in Lombardia, between Como and Lecco districts.
Como is considered the capital of the lake, and is a reference point for the whole territory. It still retains its medieval walls and some towers such as Porta Torre, Torre Gattoni and San Vitale. Castel Baradello, on the hill, consists of an imposing Romanesque square tower that is 28 meters high, surrounded by a wall of the sixth century, and later by a second wall built along with the tower. Located in a strategic position to control the lake and mountains, it is part of a complex defense system established in the Middle Ages.
In Como there’s the Volta Temple, the museum that houses and exhibits the works of Alessandro Volta. A fascinating journey through his scientific instruments, documents on his experiments, but also letters and informations about his life, and the awards received both in life and after his death.
On the lake, the Comacina Island, now uninhabited, is property of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, houses the church of San Giovanni, dating back to the seventeenth century, which includes the remains of a baptistery with mosaic pieces dating back to the fifth century , and the remains of the eleventh century basilica of St. Euphemia.
Among the villages that face the lake, Cernobbio includes beautiful buildings such as Villa d’Este, Villa Erba and Villa Pizzo, Bellagio with Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni, and Torno with Villa Plinian that housed, among others, Napoleon, Manzoni, Foscolo and Giuseppe Verdi.