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Introduction

Como

Como

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Como is a city in the northern Italian region of Lombardy. It is located in the southwest of Lake Como, just about 40 kilometres from Milan, and is a popular tourist destinations, with the lake and the nearby Alps as a background. The city's population is around 85,000.

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Weather

Como has a mild to warm climate with summers from June to September averaging 23-28 °C during the day and 15-20 °C at night. Winters from December to February are around 6-8 °C during the day and just below zero at night. Snow is possible then but most of the annual 1,600 mm of precipitation is in the form of rain, with quite heavy conditions in summer, when there are usually heavy downpours combined with thunderstorms, especially after hot weather.

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Getting There

By Plane

The following airports are all about an hour away by car:
1. Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) - The airport has connections to all the major cities in Europe. There are also several flights to the Middle East, North America and North Africa every day. These include destinations like Baku, Marrakech and New York to name a few.
2. Milan Linate Airport (LIN), about 8 kilometres from downtown Milan, is the main commuter and domestic airport in the Milan area. There are limited flights to cities in western and northern Europe. The Malpensa and Linate airports are linked by a bus system and it takes 40 minutes to get between them.
3. Orio al Serio Airport (BGY) near Bergamo serves a large number of European cities, mainly with lowcoast airlines and therefore is a convenient way of flying to Milan as well, just 40 kilometres away, with hourly buses and trains going there.
Especially Ryanair has quite a few flights throughout Europe.
4. Lugano Airport (LUG) with limited flights to cities in Italy and Switzerland.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
B&B Dolce Lariovia Primo Maggio 28 ComoGUESTHOUSE84
Holiday Farm Al MarnichLocalità Marnico 8Hostel-
Hotel AlbavillaVia Carcano 6 Abavilla-ComoHotel82
Locanda Milano 1873Via Volta 62 BrunateHotel83
In Riva al LagoVia Crespi 4Guesthouse88
Mini Hotel BaradelloP.za CamerlataHotel74
Respau Eco HostelVia Santa Brigida e Respau Cascina Respau di SottoHOSTEL89

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

Post

Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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