About

Lizard

The Italian wall lizard is the most commonly found type of lizard in Italy and is brown or green with small brown dots on its back. You can find this lizard in Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas, rocky shores, sandy shores, rural gardens, pastureland, plantations
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Aesculapian Snake

This is a non-venomous snake found in northern and central Italy (and other countries), although if bitten you still need to seek medical attention immediately. It can grow to approximately 200cm in length, but it usually averages between 140cm-160cm.  The snake is often a light
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Snakes

These are reptiles that live in various habitats all over the world; dry stone walls, sunny woods, dark holes and crevices, under rocks, amongst piles of firewood, in long grass, they can even stay hidden under a pile of old leaves.  They are carnivorous reptiles and eat things
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Firefly

The firefly is a small nocturnal flying beetle that emits a glow from its body due to a natural chemical stored in its abdomen.  These bugs are from the same family as glowworms and are the only winged luminescent bug.  They are approximately 2 cm long and have a lifespan of
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Wasps, Hornets & Bees

All of the above can be a nuisance problem in the late summer months in Lake Como.  They yellowjackets, a type of wasp are known for scavenging around rubbish bins and picnic areas. However on a more positive note these insects are beneficial in their activities as predators of
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Mosquitoes

These are small flying insects, known as zanzare in Italian, are found around the world. There are approximately over 3000 species. They have a pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and six long legs. The female mosquito bites, sucking blood from humans and
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Alpini Nappina & Badge

The “nappina”  a woollen pompom was introduced in 1880 as well as the new style badge. This woollen pompom was attached to the side of the hat with the Battalion number embroidered on it and was initially red in colour. The Officers had a silver plated nappina with
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Alpini Hat

The name for the alpini hat is “a la calabrese”  and this is how you can distinguish the Alpini Soldiers from any other. The hat is the shape of an isosceles triangle on its side and is made from felt.  The colour of the hat can vary from black, green or grey. The
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Alpini

The Alpini (Alpines in English) were an elite group of Italian soldiers, formed in 1872 and to date are the oldest active mountain infantry in the world. Their mission was to protect Italy’s northern mountain border with Austria and France. The first mission abroad for the
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Bugs & Reptiles

Researching bugs, reptiles and other animals that you may see on your travels is always a good idea.  It is better to be aware of possible  poisonous or venomous species and what to look out for rather than not knowing at all. If you are curious as to what types of bugs and
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Flora and Fauna

Owing to the surrounding mountains that create the unique micro-climate on Lake Como, the area is covered with lush vegetation which includes; vines and fig, pomegranate, olive, chestnut, and oleander trees. Chestnut and conifer woods and large areas of pastureland cover the
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Seasons

Lake Como is known for its relatively mild weather. Average daily temperatures range from about 2 °C (36°F) in January to 30°C (86°F) in July.    Due to the unusual micro-climate of Lake Como, the summers tend to be long and winters are short and mild. Summer conditions can begin
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