Como is an elegant and vital town: its center is always animated all year round. Its lakeside charm and the sophisticated beauty, the panoramas as far as the eye can see from Brunate, the enchanting villas overlooking the lake make it a very popular destination. Wonder around the city center,enjoying the highlights of the town with your tour guide that you will meet directly on spot and who will accompany you for the rest of your day. After Como, you will proceed to Cernobbio well known for the presence of many prestigious villas as well as the enchanting panoramas. Lugano - the largest city in the Ticino holiday region, as well as being an important congress, banking and business center in Switzerland, is the city of parks and flower gardens, villas and of religious buildings. A stop for lunch is included during the day. ( at your own expense )
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Stop At: Como, Como, Lake Como, Lombardy
The most important center is Como, the city that gives its name to the lake, with its valuable monuments, the pretty old town and the suggestive views. If boats and hydrofoils are an excellent opportunity to admire the city and fully enjoy the beauty of the landscape.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Cathedral of Como (Duomo), Piazza Duomo, 22100, Como Italy
Considered one of the most beautiful monuments in northern Italy, the Como Cathedral is a complex and articulated building, started in 1396 and completed in 1740 with the elevation of the dome by Filippo Juvara, architect of the King of Sardinia. The Gothic-style interior is divided into three naves divided by 10 pillars and retains numerous works of considerable importance. Among these: paintings by Bernardino Luini (Adoration of the Magi) and Gaudenzio Ferrari (Marriage of the Virgin and Flight into Egypt), Renaissance tapestries (some based on designs by Giuseppe Arcimboldi), the sixteenth-century altarpiece of Sant'Abbondio, protector of the city, the temple baptismal font from 1590 and the two Romanesque stylofori lions from the ancient church of Santa Maria.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Broletto di Como, Piazza del Duomo, 22100 Como CO, Italy
Built in 1215, the Palazzo del Broletto is a splendid example of 15th century marble Gothic art. Initially it was the seat of the Palazzo Comunale, later it was used as a theater in the eighteenth century, as a state archive and is currently home to art exhibitions. The palace, located in the center of the city, represents the symbol of the municipal institutions that wanted to be placed in a strategic position of predominance between the Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace. ( exterior only )
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Basilica of Saint Abundius, Via Regina Teodolinda, 35, 22100 Como CO, Italy
Built at the end of the 11th century on the area of the early Christian church dedicated to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, the basilica of Sant'Abbondio is a magnificent example of Lombard Romanesque architecture as well as a masterpiece of the Comacini masters, or of those masons - architects - sculptors who spread the Lombard style, not only in Italy but also throughout Europe. Built by Benedictine monks, the church dedicated to the fourth bishop of Como underwent significant alterations since the 16th century which altered its original appearance, fortunately recovered thanks to the restoration carried out in the 19th century.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Cernobbio, Cernobbio, Lake Como, Lombardy
In addition to the enchanting panoramas, Cernobbio is known for the presence of many prestigious villas. The imposing Villa Erba built in 1898 is an extensive complex consisting of a manor house, guesthouse, greenhouses, docks, stables, service houses, surrounded by a large park. Noble residence of the family of Luchino Visconti (the great director loved to spend summer holidays here), the villa is today an important congress center that hosts events and events. The most precious treasure of Cernobbio, however, is the sixteenth-century Villa d'Este (so renamed by the Princess of Wales, Carolina of Brunswick, in honor of its alleged Este origins), transformed in 1873 into a luxury hotel with princely furnishings and a beautiful garden Italian with lake view. Walking along the lake you can still admire, Art Nouveau Villa Bernasconi, Villa Pizzo formed by two buildings, one of which rises (Pizzo lower) on the lake, and the eighteenth-century Villa Fontanelle surrounded by a splendid park. ( all exterior only )
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Lugano, Lugano, Canton of Ticino, Swiss Alps
Lugano - the largest city in the Ticino holiday region, as well as being the third largest financial center and an important congress, banking and business center in Switzerland, is also the city of parks and flower gardens, villas and of religious buildings. With its typically Mediterranean atmosphere, Lugano offers all the advantages of a cosmopolitan city while maintaining its spirit of a citizen on a human scale.