Archive for December, 2010

If you want to take part in some of the very Italian Christmas celebrations, get yourself to Piazza Duomo in Como on the 24th of December at 1600. Here you will see Santa Claus (Babbo Natale) arrive with presents for the children.

I’ve also mentioned La Befana. If you want to see her arrive (usually in spectacular style!) you’ll need to be in Piazza Duomo on January the 6th 2011 at 1600….and here’s a link to a video which really gives you a sense of being there!

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Some people ask us,  ‘what can you do around Lake Como in the Winter?’  thinking that it’s just a Summer resort.

Well, we came across this website link yesterday which pulls together lots of information about events around Lake Como over Christmas and New Year. There are Christmas markets, an dinner cruise on the lake on New Year’s Eve (Capodanno) and lots more.  It’s a nice place to come for a few days after a skiing trip.

One Festival not mentioned in that link is La Befana which I wrote about earlier this year. La Befana.

Apart from Christmas and New Year festivities there are other things to do in Winter. The Moto Guzzi museum is open every working day from 1500-1600 except during August and in Como there’s also the Silk museum. The Como area is famous for silk, and many shops in Como and Bellagio sell beautiful examples.

Como also has a lovely theatre, Teatro Sociale Como which has dance and opera throughout the year…today, 10th December it’s ballet..

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The beginning of August is a great time to be in Nesso. The village is humming with visitors and there are the celebrations for the village saint, San Lorenzo.

We were there last year and went to the village Sagra, which is on the Friday and Saturday evenings

The village is all decorated with ribbons

And lots of people lend a hand to make sure it goes with a swing….

And they certainly know a thing or two about dancing!

The fireworks took place on the Saturday evening. They’re launched from a barge in the middle of the lake and people come in their boats to watch. We watched if all after dinner from our next door neighbours’ terrace. It’s a quite a spectacle..


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