Como is an Italian city with around 85,000 inhabitants in the region of Lombardia and the "capital" of the famous lake. It is located on the southern tip of the western branch of Lake Como in a small basin surrounded by wooded hills, and borders directly with Switzerland. The city centre is located on the lakeside, near the Cathedral, one of the biggest in the region. The old town can still be seen to comply with the original Roman “castrum” (castle) design, with well preserved and high look-out towers. Inside the walled part of the city, two of the most note-worthy building are the S. Abbondio and S. Fedele churches, whereas the architectural gems are the rationalist palaces built by the city’s native Giuseppe Terragni: the ex-Casa del Fascio, the Monumento ai Caduti war memorial, the Asilo Sant'Elia and the Novum Comum. The nearby Tempio Voltiano contains a number of relics and heirlooms belonging to the scientist Alessandro Volta, who is credited with the invention of the battery.
Villa Olmo houses a number of art exhibitions. A trip up the funicular railway connecting the city with the panoramic Brunate village on top of the mountain of the same name is also recommended, as well as a visit to the cathedral and the Castello Baradello. Every day, exactly at 12pm, you can hear in the entire area facing the lake echo with a cannon shot fired to announce the arrival of midday. Como is known also for a number of well known personalities, such as Pope Innocent XI (1611 - 1689), the physicist and inventor Alessandro Volta and Cosima Liszt, daughter of Franz Liszt and wife to Richard Wagner.
Accommodation in Como’s student residences
Como is home to the University of Insubria, as well as a number of faculties of the University of Milan and the Milan Polytechnic, whose residences often offer affordable accommodation for visitors during the summer months. It should be understood that these residences are designed primarily for students and not children or adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet a level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.
Getting to Como
Como is linked to a number of other cities in the Lombardy province via the national rail service. Since 2008 the city is also linked with Milan via its S11 local railway service. The Como – Brunate funicular railway has been in service since 1894. The lake itself has been navigated since 1826, with various services connecting the city with other settlements on the shores of the lake – recreational boat trips play a large role in what the lake has to offer. The nearest airports are the Alzate Brianza (Verzago), Lugano-Agno and Milano Malpensa. Como’s international seadrome also hosts Europe’s only hydroplane pilot school.