A tour in the silk town
Founded by the Romans more than two thousand years ago, Como is a melting pot where art, history and culture blend gracefully with industry and commerce in an incomparable natural scenery.
Places you cannot miss: the cathedral, the romanesque churches, the monuments of Rationalism and the elegant Villa Olmo, hosting prestigious art exhibitions and plays.
Museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Civic Gallery, the Volta Temple and the new Cycling Museum. Last but not least, the famous Silk Museum.
Lake Como seen from the lake
Como is an ideal starting point for romantic boat trips, so planning a ride whilst here, is an absolute must! Firstly to see the old villas along the shores, majestic monuments surrounded by lush greenery. Amongst them is Villa Carlotta, with its grand and beautiful botanical garden, one of the favourite destinations for tourists coming from all over the world.
The lake and the sky
Lake Como and the surrounding landscape is even more enchanting from above. Experience the thrill of a flight by seaplane, enjoy a breathtaking and incomparable view: hidden corners, magnificent villas, villages perched on the mountain side... it will be hard to come back to earth after such unforgettable emotions. The Aeroclub Como, operating since 1913, is at your disposal for organising flights with professional pilots. Contact the Reception for further information.
Food & Wine tours
Food & Wine are at the core of the Italian traditions and every region has its own identity that they proudly boast about! Como gathers together the lake, valleys and mountains and presents a rich cuisine made by local dishes such as "polenta uncia" (a corn meal porridge with melted butter and cheese), which you can taste in the "crottos", typical restaurants caved in the rock. From Como, you can easily reach other locations in Lombardy, all of them famous for their typical products. To quote but some: Pavia with its wine (Otrepò Pavese), Valtellina with its bresaola, a delicious cold cut made from first quality beef, Franciacorta with its sparkling wines which have nothing to envy to Champagne. It's impossibile to miss this chance to delight your palate!
Shopping in Como: boutique and outlets
Hotel Barchetta Excelsior is surrounded by craftsman shops, antiques, art galleries and elegant boutiques. Looking for great deals with international fashion brands? There are outlets as well! La Tessitura (for silk items) and Foxtown, the big factory outlet in Mendrisio, are very close and easy to reach.