Bleisure icon, Como designs true luxury
A glam, quiet and safe destination, with a rich tourist-accommodation supply of high quality standard. To live all year round
Lake Como doesn’t need an introduction: it’s one of the most famous place in the world. But, perhaps, its territory richness is less popular in various aspects: natural (there isn’t only the lake, but also mountains, hills, short plains and surprising green paths), cultural and artistic aspect which make it an unforgettable rich destination.
A beautiful Mice destination
All this beauty, at infrastructural level, is easily accessible, both from Italy and from outside of it: 30 minutes by car from Milan and from Malpensa Airport, 1 hour from Milan-Linate Airport, 1 hour and 30 minutes from Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, 40 minutes from Lugano Agno Airport.
Accessibility is complemented by high quality standard of accommodation supply as a whole (without forgetting, of course, that here there are some of the most beautiful and iconic hotels in the world), some congress centre and multifunctional areas for events. It’s also important the presence of the local Convention Bureau, established in January 2019, thanks to the experience of the Lake Como Events network that had already dealt with destination promotion in the international Mice market for years. The Convention Bureau stands as single interlocutor for the Mice segment and it gathers the main operators of conference supply chain, by proposing professional and customised services and providing free support.
Lake Como is a destination that has features to be lived and enjoyed throughout the year, for which the segment of business tourism and top level Mice might be decisive in the completion of deseasonalization process. It’s no coincidence that everything, that is business and Mice, also becomes leisure in this beautiful territory combining itself with nature, art and culture, wine and food, exclusive shopping.
Environmental, historical-artistic, cultural treasure… the tourist excellences are a lot, and they express the animus loci of Como. Together with values such as privacy, safety, eco compatibility, these excellences create the authentic Como area hospitality. Among the countless must see, Master Meeting selected for you some down below.
The lake and exclusive experiences
Lake Como view is enchanting. However, now imagine this lake seen from water, perhaps on board a Riva motorboat. The Cantiere Ernesto Riva of Lake Como, with a hundred years history (built in 1771), deserves a special mention. Nowadays, it’s driven by Daniele Riva, class 1967, Ernesto’s son, octave generation of shipbuilders. He was the one who imprinted a new impulse to the family business, transforming it into a semi-industrial reality. Moreover, he has always preferred to get his hand dirty with glues, nails and sawdust, and sign every boat with his own work.
The Cantiere Ernesto Riva is also testimony of an industrial reality that does research and makes plans and doesn’t want to damage and pollute the habitat of its territory. In this Cantiere built in Alessandro Volta’s homeland, designed by the German Mani Frers, big name in international yachting, in cooperation with the engineer Bertorello, it’s not surprising that “Ernesto”, the “boat of the future”, was designed: a mahogany hull of 8 meters with electrical propulsion of new generation, with top speeds above 25 knots and zero emissions.
Now imagine the Lake Como seen from air, on board a curious aircraft which is also a boat, a seaplane. Even in this case the experience is unique, for the combination between emotions aroused by flight in one of the most beautiful sceneries in the world, and emotions to boarding seaplanes, with top security standards of the Como Aeroclub, one of the most ancient in Italy and an institution for the city.
Como isn’t only its famous lake. In only seven minutes, the Como-Brunate funicular, that’s the first of its kind in Europe, with a line of about 1,000 meters and a maximum slope of 55.10%, reaches Brunate, at an altitude of around 700 meters. It’s a quiet village with Liberty villas and ancient churches with an enchanting view, it’s no coincidence that it’s called the Alps balcony. On clear days is possible to see Milan skyscrapers and the incredible view of the whole western alpine chain, including the Mont Rose, the Po Valley and the Apennines.
Then walking about 30 minutes on foot, you’ll reach San Maurizio, where there’s the Lighthouse of A. Volta and the Volta temple, both of them were built in 1927, in event of the centenary of Volta’s death.
A visit to the lighthouse (29 meters high, with a 143 steps spiral staircase that will lead you to the top) is suggested not only for admiring the wonderful view of the Lake Como firs bastin and the Alps expanse. In fact, here, you may also remember an essential step in the history of scientific discovery that could show us a way for the future of the humanity, with the invention of the electric battery, that was defined by Einstein “the fundamental basis for all inventions”.
The KM_C is a suggestive urban pedestrian path sets in 15 hectares of centuries old parks of rare beauty and landscape value that overlook the western shore of Como lakeside, connecting Villa Olmo to Villa del Grumello and then to Villa Sucota.
At the same time this path is a project of urban and cultural regeneration which promotes territory beauties and excellencies: a beautiful multifunctional cultural pole open to the city and with a strong international mission. It’s place of experimentation and creative contamination among nature, culture, history, art and city.
In Villa Sucota park, the headquarters of the Fondazione Antonio Ratti (FAR) since 2010, after requalification interventions started in 2015 thanks to the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo, it is possible to take enchanting paths and access to places that are particularly impressive such as music pavilion, lemon house, greenhouse, viewpoint and the still consecrated small chapel adjacent to the Villas.
Here, along paths, it’s possible to admire temporary and permanent contemporary art installations made exclusively for the park by artists who have collaborated with the FAR over the years.
Villa del Grumello and Villa Olmo parks
The valorisation process of Villa del Grumello involved Villas restoration and functional reuse of other buildings such as: stables used as guest rooms, the greenhouse dedicated to cultural and training activities, mini greenhouses, the evocative chapel, the dock. Projects also included retraining and enrichment for subsequent phases of the romantic historic botanical park, that extends over 4 hectares and frames the estate with its precious essences and lovely panoramic views.
The strategic project of the polo del Grumello − centre of reality networking for cultural, social, economic, scientific development of the territory − entails cultural, artistic and training initiatives on an international scale. Moreover, during the openings the park hosts events linked to the issues of nature, landscape, city and knowledge of the territory, aimed at promoting education toward beauty and environmental sustainability.
Villa del Grumello is also exclusive location for institutional, company events, meetings, elegant receipts and private events.
Currently the park and the greenhouses of Villa Olmo are involved in a requalification work and they’re partially available.
Como has much to offer to golf lovers, this sport has been increasingly lived as an opportunity also for the Mice tourism, as well as the Leisure one. Selection is wide and premium, beginning with the Circolo Golf Villa d’Este, created as the private club of one of the most famous hotels in the world, the homonymous Villa d’Este in Cernobbio. On its memorable 18 holes, 69 Par, designed by James Peter Gannon, 12 editions of the Open d’Italia were held.
Instead, the Golf Club Monticello offers two paths in a breathtaking scenery with 36 holes, 72 Par, on which some of the biggest golfers in the world played such as Sam Torrance, Sandy Lyle and Greg Norman. Still today Norman, along with Costantino Rocca, remains the record holder of the course at 63 strokes. Also very nice, the Golf Club Carimate, designed by Piero Mancinelli in 1962. It has an 18 holes golf course, 71 Par, articulated along a natural undulating course, surrounded by a botanical heritage of thousand plants. The offer is completed by La Pinetina Golf Club, an eco-compatible golf course, the first to have obtained the certification from the Golf Environment Organization: the course preserves landscape biodiversity and extends itself on a compelling 18 holes 70 Par golf course.
History, art and culture
Point of reference of the Como area cultural scene is the Social Theatre, designed by the architect Giuseppe Cusi and opened in 1813 with the staging of Adriano in Siria by Antonio Fonseca Portugal and “I Pretendenti delusi” by Giuseppe Mosca. Subsequent operations and restoration works of famous artists were many, such as the current painting of vaulted ceiling, brought back to its ancient glory in 1855 by Eleuterio Pagliano on a project by Gaetano Spelluzzi. Then, in 1909, the fourth tier of boxes were abolished for the benefit of a single gallery, to satisfy the growing demand of common audience. Currently, the hall is cello case shaped with wood walls, it’s divided in 5 sections of seats and there’s a historical curtain by the set designer Alessandro Sanquirico. In 2013, on occasion of the bicentennial, the Social Theatre Arena was given back to the city, in a big way, with the 200.Com Carmina Burana, an ambitious project by the AsLiCo. In the same year, the scenic tower of the thirties was pulled down and the back facade, a Cusi’s work, was restored. It’s worth remembering that some of the best artists of 1900 performed at the Social Theatre, particularly, when the hall hosted the billboard of La Scala Theatre in Milan, which was made inaccessible by the bombing in 1943.
Nowadays, the Theatre is open more than 300 days a year, it hosts a multitude of activities among prose performances, dance, operas, concerts, labs, workshops and theatre productions.
Another attraction which tells an important piece of the territory history is the Silk Museum built in 1985 on the initiative by Classe ’27 with the collaboration of the Ex Allievi del Setificio. These are two associations of the Como area that committed themselves in recovering the remains from Como silky textile factories. The Museum expresses the strong link between entrepreneurship and territory. Inside, on an area of about 1000 square meters, it's possible to admire the first handiworks collected in the Permanent exhibition of silk industry historical finds which date back to the period between 1850 and 1950 and represent a worldwide unicum. On visiting the exhibition rooms, tourists may know the individual working phases of the whole production process. Until March the 31st, at the Silk Museum, it'll be also possible to visit the Manlio Rho exhibition, the leading exponent of the Italian Abstract Art, including a varied collection of pictures, tissues, drawings, colour palettes.
In Como there are big brands for an exclusive shopping (among others, within a short time it's possible to reach the fashion quadrilateral in Milan), but also big artisan tailoring.
Special mention should be made to the Orefice tailoring in Cernobbio which, for five generations, has handed down a very rare art, that can be summed up in a Schopenhauer sentence "Elegance is physiognomy of the soul”.
Just 30 minutes from Como, then, in Mendrisio, for another shopping logic, there's the Foxtown Factory Stores that offers the best fashion brands in the world.
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