Como is the city that has given its name to the lake at the extremity of whose south-western arm it stands and is its most important centre for art, transport and economic activity. Less than an hour from Milan it is well connected to Lombardy’s capital by rail and motorway.
History tells us that before the Roman conquest in 196 BC this area was inhabited by the Gauls. The settlement was moved and spread along the banks of the lake. It gradually expanded and acquired city walls that enclosed temples, forums and villas. With the fall of the Roman Empire, Como suffered barbarian invasions, saw feudalism established and finally became a flourishing city community.