Lago di Como, a series, part 3

Travel to any town in Italy and you will find beautiful churches. The Como Cathedral as it is known, is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and dates back to 1396. Architecturally fascinating, it mixes Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque features. This is a very important Gothic church in Northern Italy. This Roman Catholic cathedral stands in the Piazza del Duomo a lovely spot to people watch, have a drink or just hang out!

The Cathedral features a Rose window and a very impressive green Rococo cupola dome. The main portal stands between statues of Como natives as well as sculptures of Adam and Eve. The exterior also has sculptures of five other saints. Near the Rose window you will see a statute of God surrounded by other statues.

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Just another Monday evening in Como! Boys playing cards 🙂

The cathedral has ancient tapestries and paintings and is worth a stop inside.

The Coin department store near the Piazza has a cafe on the roof with lovely views of the Cathedral.

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It’s Spritz time somewhere!

Lake Como sits near the foothills of the Alps on the Italian-Swiss border and is only an hour by train from Milan. The city of Como makes a great home base to visit the other major towns on this lake like Bellagio and Varenna but there are many special towns lining this lake. If you can, hop the slow ferry getting on and off checking out towns like Cernobbia, Lenno and Tremezzo.

Stay tuned for more from Northern Italy! Did you miss Part 2? Lago di Como, part 2

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Asiago

Asiago is a small town in the northeastern Province of Vicenza located high in the mountains in the foothills of the Alps.  Best known for its Asiago cheese of course which is a Protected Designation of Origin cheese.

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This town was the site of a major battle in 1916 in WWI between the Austrian-Hungarians and the Italian forces. The Battle of Asiago was designed to knock the Italians out of the war and was the scene of the offensive’s heaviest fighting. Inside the memorial lie over 60,000 soldiers.  Several relics surrounded the Memorial on the terraces.

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WWI Memorial- a monument and museum

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Skiing? Did anyone says skiing?  This town is also a major ski resort.

The scenery is stunning and the townspeople welcoming. A nice change from the bigger cities.  Asiago is located in a large green plain in the heart of the Veneto region and reaches up to 2,350 meters above sea level and was completely rebuilt after WWI.

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The Dome of Saint Matthew is built using traditional pink marble, also local and stands opposite the City Hall.

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The City Hall is constructed with white and red local marble in the classical style.  When the bells ring you can hear them all over town.

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The Gardens of the Carli Square and the bronze statue in the Fountain of Faun is devoted to a mythological creature astride a deer. The central statue is a faun, the divinity of flocks and fields, with pointed ears, horns and goat feet.  He is surrounded by forest animals. It stands beside the Catholic Church of San Matteo.

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The Church of Saint Rocco dates back to the XVI century and was destroyed during the Great War. It is in the Romanesque style with frescoes on the ceiling and walls of the interior.

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Tourists roamed the streets and were enjoying the cafes and squares on the sunny Sunday I visited. The buildings are very Austrian looking due to its close proximity and influence from Germany, Austrian and Hungary.

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We saw a multitude of walking paths.  Oh I so wanted to take a hike but – alas- not the right shoes for the occasion!

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Of course, you know I took home CHEESE!!!!  Stay tuned for more from my recent trip to the Veneto region including Vicenza, Verona and Venice.

Looking for more Italy?  There are blogs on many different areas.  Here are links: Amalfi Coast; Puglia, including Lecce, Matera, Alberobello, Borgo Egnazia; Florence; Venice (stay tuned for some new Venice ones also); Tuscany including Siena, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Lucca, Pienza, Pisa, Arezzo. Montalcino, Montefioralle, Greve and Montechiello.  Whew!  That’s alot of trips to Italy in the last few years!

Can’t wait to return!!!!

 

 

 

 

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