Workshop VenueThe workshop will be held on campus of Politecnico di Milano, Como, Italy. About 45 kilometres north of Milan, Como has been a popular tourist destination since Roman times. It is situated near Switzerland at the southern tip of the south-west arm of Lake Como in a hilly region close to Alps. The historic centre, the so-called old city, is rich in monuments and artworks, located inside the antique medieval walls. Among the most important monuments are: the Broletto, an antique town hall built in 1200, in white, grey and pink marble with stones from the Lake Como quarries; the town’s bell-tower; the Duomo built between the end of 1300 and the mid 1700s, which is a fusion of different architectural styles starting from the late Gothic period with the structure up to the Renaissance style of the façade; the Romanesque churches of San Fedele, Sant'Agostino, Sant’Abbondio and San Carpoforo, which, according to tradition, was founded re-using a former temple of the God Mercury. But in Como you can find also modern artworks such as masterpieces of the rationalist architecture. The walk along the lake (experience it at sunset!) is embellished by numerous neoclassical Villas with parks, gardens and secular trees. The valleys near Como are full of opportunities for mountain lovers! And everything is flavoured with traditional Italian cooking and wine. The workshop program will include social activities which allow both workshop participants and their accompanying persons to experience the many delights of Como.
How to get to ComoYou can easily reach Como by plane, arriving at the 3 airports of Milan (Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio) and at the one in Lugano, Switzerland. The airport in Lugano is only 20 minutes by car from Como, while the airports of Malpensa Linate and Bergamo (Orio al Serio) are 50-60 minutes by car from Como.
Como is also well connected by train to all the most important cities in Italy and Europe. Fast and frequent train link Como to Milan and to Switzerland:
- Ferrovie Nord Milano (Milan North Railway) links Como to the centre of Milan (Milano Cadorna) and to Malpensa Airport (Malpensa Express; Line Malpensa - Saronno - Como).
- Treni Italia (Italian railways) and SBB CFF FFS (Swiss railways) - station of Como San Giovanni, situated on the International line Milano-Chiasso links Como to the major European and Italian cities.
You can also reach Como by car, using the A9 motorway from Milan.
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