The town of Como is as prosperous and picturesque now as it was in its industrial heyday as Europe’s most prominent producer of silk. Like the fine material it creates, Como offer visitors a sleek and sophisticated escape into an insouciant Italian atmosphere; in cosmopolitan coffee shops, stylish locals chatter while upon the luscious lakeshore, reveller recline upon grassy banks. An alluring architectural array punctuates the city chic, offering travellers a plethora of reasons to visiting this dynamic and dashing destination.
From outside, Como’s imposing Basilica di Sant’Abbondio offers a vision of Romanesque authority, with its squinting windows and symmetrical sturdiness. However, inside tells a different story; bounteous frescoes decorate the astounding apse, depicting scenes from the colourful life of Christ. These 11th century artworks are considered some of Italy’s most important and provide a refreshing contrast to the church’s ascetic exterior.
The Museo della Seta explores the town’s most important export in order to unravel Como’s intriguing industrial heritage; a serene stroll around this technological building will reveal the complex process processes employed in the production of silk, in addition to displays of early printing and dyeing equipment.
In a rustic yet refined setting that perfectly epitomises the relaxed elegance of Italian cuisine, the critically acclaimed Market Place Restaurant serves cosmopolitan classics accompanied by fine Italian wine. Sample signature dishes such as risotto and seafood pasta to truly take advantage of the fresh and fabulous flavours on offer.(Via Borsieri, 21, 22100 Como)