Como and Piona
Capital town of the lake. Particularly interesting Cathedral from the end of the 14 th century, the Romanesque church of San Fedele, the Voltian Temple (replicas of apparatus used by Alessandro Volta, inventor of the battery and pioneer of electricity), Civic Museum of Archaeology and the magnificent Villa Olmo on the lakeside.
Funicular railway to Brunate for breathtaking views over the town.
13 th century Cistercian Abbey, an oasis of peace. Bar facilities and shop selling monks’ goods amongst which the “Gocce Imperiali”, at 90° proof, the remedy to all ailments! 11 th century church and beautiful cloister.