Events city guide

Summer events

ES.CO – Estate a Como

June – September

Culture – Music, theatre, exhibitions

More than 100 events for children and adults, most of them free of charge. Live concerts, jazz performances, open air theater performances, exhibitions. A great cultural programs for people passing the season in the city. You better check the detailed programs to find your favorite events.

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Fiera di Sant’Abbondio

27 August – 1 September 2010

Fair – Zootechnics competition – Typical food

St. Abbondio is the patron of Como and every year the city dedicates him a popular  fair staged beside the homonymous romanesque church, where the remains of the saint are housed. Every day there is an entertainment program for children and adults with games, dancing, stalls and guided tours. The zootechnics competition is very characteristic, but the thing most loved by the citizens of Como is the temporary restaurant with local cuisine at reasonable prices, managed by the best chefs of the city. All proceeds are given to charity


28 Agosto – 12 September 2010

Culture – Book expo

Daily free appointments in Piazza Cavour: dialogues with famous italian and international writers, poets, philosophers; a movie projection every evening, live concerts in Como and Campione d’Italia (CH), books, antique prints and comics  sale.

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Palio del Baradello

28 August – 19 September 2010

Popular Culture – Medieval reenactment

“Palio del  Baradello ” is an annual event which aims to promote and raise awareness of the  medieval history of Como. It is the reenactment of the battle between Barbarossa and the lombard  territories. Every day, citizens groups called “contrade”,  make medieval games challenges. Among  the “contrada” which gets the most points are named the king and queen, who march in a glorious  procession on the last day of the “Palio”.

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Atp tour challenger – Credito Valtellinese città di Como

28 August – 5 September 2010

Sport – tennis tournament

A tennis tournament that takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Tennis Como, historical clubs of Como, located just a few steps from the lake and the beautiful Villa Olmo. The tournament involves italian and international high level players  .

Como Luxury – il salone dell’eccellenza

24 – 26 September 2010

Expo – Luxury items

The luxury expo is set in the prestigious neoclassical mansion of  Villa Olmo, overlooking the first basin of Lake Como. There will be exhibitors representing the excellence and exclusivity of local tradition in many different sectors, from wine to jewelry, cars, custom-built furnishings. There are three main themes this year: “Luxury Travel”, “Luxury Wedding Day … a dream wedding” and finally “La Belle Epoque … relive the elegance of a time”.

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Autumn events


1 – 3 October 2010

Expo – Gardening

Orticolario will set in the beautiful Villa Erba in Cernobbio, a magnificent villa overlooking the lake. The expo offers three days of excellence of flowers and plants, historical variety, rare and  new proposals presented by international agronomists, carefully selected by the Scientific Committee composed by members of Ortofloricola Comense e Orticola di Lombardia. The ticket price includes the ferry ride from Como to Cernobbio.

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Giro di Lombardia

16 October 2010

Sport – Bicycle race

The Tour of Lombardy has always represented the last great classic of the season and it has one of the most important sanctuaries of cycling history, the ascent of Madonna del Ghisallo, 754 meters above sea level near Bellagio between the two branches of Lake Como. This was the favorite rose by Fausto Coppi, a climb that made him great but that in turn was immortalized by the deeds of Campionissimo. The arrival point of the race is located on the lakeside of Como, a few kilometers after the climb of San Fermo della Battaglia.

Winter events

Città dei Balocchi

27 November 2010  - 9 January 2011

Christmas fair

Traditional food and gift market, open air ice rink, artistic city lighting, stages for children, Santa Claus arrival, nativity scene, New year’s eve concert and many others events to celebrate Christmas time in Como.

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Spring events

Concorso d’eleganza Villa d’Este:

20 – 22 May 2011

Sport – Vintage cars meeting + Free visit to Villa D’Este Gardens

The grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, one of the world’s leading hotels, lapped by the waters of Lake Como, offers guests and visitors the chance to admire about 50 Historic Cars built between the twenties and the seventies, organized by different categories. An exclusive panel of judges led bypresident Lorenzo Ramaciotti judges for the Best of Show prize, the BMW Group Trophy. This is defined for an extraordinary automobile, which expresses beauty, passion and uniqueness. At Villa d’Este, the public is also a key element, rewarding participants with applause and their votes. In fact the most traditional prize of the Concours, the Coppa d’Oro, is decided by a public vote.

This event is also a great opportunity for people to admire the gorgeous hotel Villa d’Este (booking necessary)

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