Villa La Quiete

This villa is situated in Tremezzo on the western branch of Lake Como and dates back to the 16th century and was built for the Duke of Carretto. By the mid to late 18th century, the villa was restored in baroque style. The villa passed hands to the Brentano family and thereafter
Read More

Theatre Events Overview

Teatro Sociale on via Bellini, Como is the main theatre in Como.  This theatre was constructed in 1813 (the year in which Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner were born).  This authentic theatre has many productions as well as musical recitals. Campagnia Teatrale in Como is a
Read More

Music Events Overview

During the summer there are often many music festivals held around Lake Como.  These events are often organized by the Pro Loco of each town (like a community organization). You can also go and see an opera in Como or treat yourself  and go to the famous La Scala Opera House in
Read More

La Befana

Italy has many festivals most of which are related to religion although there are historic festivals too. La Befana is celebrated on January 6th marking the end of the festive season in Italy. La Befana is a representation of an old lady on a broomstick, who slides down the
Read More

Carnevale

Carnevale is a traditional Christian festival (equivalent to the mardi gras in Brazil) that marks the beginning of Lent.  It is celebrated all over Italy during the month of February with towns and villages holding it on different dates during the month thus allowing each village
Read More

Travellers Cheques

If you are worried about security, then traveller’s cheques are the safest method of taking money abroad. They can only be used by the purchaser and if lost or stolen, they will be refunded.   Travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, hotels and some
Read More

Italian Post Offices

You can pay most bills at the post office in Italy – similar to that in the UK. Opening times are normally; Monday to Friday, 8.15am-2pm and Saturday 8.15am to noon (sometimes a bit longer, depending on the region). Please note that stamps can also be bought from
Read More

Italian Cashline Machines

In Italy these machines are called ATM’s, Bancomats or Postamats. The exchange rate for credit cards is pegged to an inter-bank rate that changes daily and is always better than the rate you will get for exchanging cash or travellers cheques. Before travelling abroad, you should
Read More

Italian Banks

Banks and post offices tend to offer the best rates, followed by exchange offices and hotels. Some ‘bureaux de change’ offer commission-free facilities, but check first that the rate of exchange is not higher than that of the banks. When entering banks in Italy, you
Read More

Italian Currency

It is recommended that you either exchange your money into Euros prior to arriving in Italy and or use your credit card whilst shopping as it has more favourable exchange rates.     
Read More

Money Matters Overview

The currency in Italy used to be lira (plural lire) ,but since January 2002,  the unit of currency has been the euro (€) divided into 100 cents. Major international credit cards are accepted in the majority of hotels, restaurants and supermarkets but some smaller stores etc still
Read More

Food and Drink Overview

Italian food is very traditional and consists mainly of; pasta, meat, bread, fish and tomato sauces. The Italians like to sit down and eat their meals without rushing them.  Mealtimes are very important to Italians, as it is not only the food that they enjoy, it is also the
Read More