Como was rebuilt by the Romans and played a fundamental part in maintaining communications both northwards through the Alps and southwards towards Rome. In modern times the city has become an important manufacturing centre for textiles, especially for silk. Como preserves important monuments from each important era of its history. Its Gothic-Renaissance cathedral was completed in the 19th century with the dome of Filippo Juvarra and is rich in paintings and sculptures. Among the famous sons of the town are the two Roman Plinys and the great scientist Alessandro Volta, who invented the battery in the 18th century and has given his name to the unit of electricity – the Volt.
Guided tour of the town centre and departure with public ferry boat for a cruise on the lake (you will be shown the beautiful villas which made the lake famous worldwide, i.e. Villa Olmo, Villa Erba, Villa d’Este, etc.). Arrival in Bellagio, free time for lunch and tour of the little town. Visit of the gardens of Villa Melzi. Return to Como with hydrofoil.