Many people feel that Lake Como is just for Summer vacations – but nothing could be further from the truth. Como town and Lake Como itself make a great getaway at any time of the year.
As autumn, the season of delicious porcini mushrooms – wonderful with pasta, risotto or polenta – gives way to winter, Como gears up to a new challenge. Winter is the time of the Citta’ dei Balocchi, the ice rink in Piazza Cavour, the splendidly lit Duomo, and the street decorations that abound all the pedestrian thoroughfares in the town.
The CITTA’ DEI BALOCCHI – now in its 21st year in Como continues to grow in popularity with more and more visitors each year. Balocchi is an old Italian word for toys – and true to its name, Como dedicates itself to free activities and games for children in this pre-Christmas period, including puppet shows and exhibitions of magic tricks, plus displays of winter cribs and nativity scenes. The whole of Como joins in the fun with dazzling light shows and a spectacular 16 metre high Christmas tree in Piazza Grimoldi, next to the Duomo
CHRISTMAS MARKETS – the place to get those last minute Christmas gifts – stretching up Via Ciao Plinio towards the Duomo are the wooden Christmas market stalls selling the wonderful Christmas fare – gifts, vin brule’, grappas, torroncini, hams and salamis!
OSTERIA CON POLENTA – need some sustenance? Then visit the specially created winter garden restaurant in Piazza Verdi and sample all traditional dishes from around Lake Como in a magical atmosphere of fairy-lit trees. These Como dishes include polenta, Missoltini (sundried small lake fish), i pizzoccheri (a buck wheat pasta from the Valtellina), regional cheese, wines, beers and olive oils.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR – GET YOUR SKATES ON – The ice rink in Piazza Cavour in the centre of Como is open from 29 November 2014 to 7 January 2015, Monday to Friday 2.30pm to 11pm and weekends 10am to 11pm (closed only on Christmas Day)
JANUARY SALES – Christmas shopping is in full swing with many car-parks in Como already filling up early each day. The eagerly awaited January sales officially begin on Monday 5 January for Lombardy, so if you are planning a Lake Como short break that may be a good time, although remember, 6 January is an Italian bank holiday and not all the shops are open!
THINKING OF BUYING A PROPERTY – if you are looking for a new home it’s a great time for your property search – and at LAKE COMO CONCEPTS we are open during the festive period and you can find some special festive offers at www.lakecomoconcepts.com
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