The city centre and Como Cathedral
DBH Staff is ready to welcome you in the city centre of Como. The city famous all around the world, both for the homonymous lake, its refined architecture, ancient buildings, lively small squares, lakeside promenades and many touristic attractions that worth a visit.
The old part of the city (called “Città Murata”) is surrounded by ancient walls built during the Medieval period to protect the city. An extraordinary romanic military tower is located on defence of the main entrance “Porta Torre”. The side facing Vittoria square looks massive, the one overlooking the city has four lines of arches, corresponding to the four floors, now destroyed. On the top, there is a small window where there was the bell used to alert the town in case of danger.
Historical monuments of Como, located closed to our DBH, is the Cathedral with the “Broletto” and the civic tower.
The Cathedral has a gothic-renaissance style and is the most important building of the city.
It is also one of the most representative religious buildings in Northern Italy with its unique beauty.
Four century to complete the Cathedral, from 1396 to 1740.
Numerous sculptural decorations can be seen on the imposing facade covered with spiers and pinnacles, including the two aedicules dedicated to the latin writers Plinio il Vecchio and Plinio il Giovane, both citizens of Como.
The northern gate is curiously called “Porta della Rana” (Frog Door), due to a decoration of a frog jumping out of the pond. It is still not clear why, among the many imagines of saints, angels, monsters, griffins and butterflies, it was a frog becoming the traditional image.
n the 1800s, some rumors said that the frog was the symbol of a hidden treasure; in 1852 excavations were carried out to look for it, unsuccessfully.
Since 1912, the frog is headless, hit by a hammer of a madman. Despite this, it continues to achieve a great success, especially for tourists who always try to touch it because the legend says it brings good luck.
Inside the Cathedral, you can appreciate the momumental woodes altar dedicated to Sant’Abbondio, as well as Reinassance tapestries from 16th and 17th centuries.
In addition to the Cathedral, the city hosts many famous religious buildings such as the Basilica of Sant’Abbondio (Romanesque style, 11th century), the Basilica od San Carpoforo (fist Basilica of the diocese of Como, 4th century) and the Basilica of San Fedele (Romanesque style, 11th century).