ART IS A CREATIVE EXPRESSION OF THE HUMAN MIND THAT DESCRIBES THE WORLD AND IS THE TESTIMONY OF THE ASSOCIATED LIFE OF MEN.
Lake Como and its territory are a treasure trove of art, nature and culture. The territory preserves extraordinary monuments, small artistic treasures of singular beauty, important historical and cultural testimonies set among hills, mountains, landscapes of plains, rivers and lakes in a harmonious and suggestive continuity. Splendid and refined villas immersed in secular parks, ancient settlements, fortifications and bulwarks, traces of culture and history that can be found in dedicated museums and, thanks to themed itineraries, lead to the discovery of famous writers and famous people. Many over the centuries people have become famous in the scientific, humanistic and artistic fields born or lived on the shores of Lake Como. The various landscapes that follow one another up the lakes or the green valleys have inspired numerous pages of many writers who often found in these lands a second home, a source of inspiration.
From Pliny the Elder to Pliny the Younger, great writers and Roman naturalists also celebrated on the facade of the Cathedral, by Alessandro Volta, physicist and inventor of the pile, to whom are dedicated a museum and the Volta Temple to Pietro Vassena, by Martino Anzi, botanist and pioneer of mountaineering, to Cosima Liszt, daughter of Franz Liszt and wife of Richard Wagner, to Alessandro Manzoni with his revolutionary “Promessi sposi”, to Stendhal and Giuseppe Parini, from Canova to Antonio Stoppani, innovator of Italian geology, from Giuseppe Terragni and Giuseppe Bovara, architects who reveal the spiritual values of all the people, from Antonio Ghislanzoni, writer and librettist of Verdi’s works and other great musicians, from Giovan Battista Todeschini, painter with real views to Carlo Pizzi, landscape painter, which gave these places their own artistic identity and literary dignity recognized throughout the world.
Numerous monuments worthy of note: small medieval buildings, popular shrines, sumptuous residences and sixteenth-eighteenth century villas. The religious itineraries of great artistic and cultural interest, which next to the most important places, offer little-known sites of extraordinary charm.