Let’s play a game of word association. The theme: la dolce vita. Wine? Cheese. Pasta? Pizza. (Have both, you’re in Italy.) Lake Como? George Clooney. If you don’t associate the actor and longtime frequenter of “sexiest man alive” lists with Lake Como, consider yourself one of the unsullied few. Tabloids zealously chronicle his comings and goings fr...

Grand houses proverbially have grand souls, but the striking thing about Villa Gastel, on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, is its mixture of the fabulous and the familial. The immense villa was a Benedictine convent, dating back to the 12th ­century, before it became the property of one of northern Italy’s most important families, the ­Visconti di...

It's no surprise that Italy has been a firm favourite for holidaymakers for decades. The weather is sunny, the food is famously delicious, and there's plenty to do whether you're after a cultural getaway or a beach break. Plus, you don't need to break the bank for a visit - there are plenty of cheap flights on offer, not to mention the wide array o...

It's no surprise that Italy has been a firm favourite for holidaymakers for decades. The weather is sunny, the food is famously delicious, and there's plenty to do whether you're after a cultural getaway or a beach break. Plus, you don't need to break the bank for a visit - there are plenty of cheap flights on offer, not to mention the wide array o...

As my 30th birthday looms ever near, I find myself doing a lot of thinking about what it means to be a grown-up. At one point in my life, when I was as sure of myself as I was clueless, I had some pretty strong ideas about the label: Grown-ups worked in an office. Grown-ups were married. Grown-ups cooked their own dinner. Now, as a newly single fre...

Centosessanta squadre, duemilacinquecento atleti, cinquemila spettatori già prenotati, sponsor come Coca Cola e un solo team a rappresentare l'Italia. La squadra del Collegio Gallio di Como parte per Chicago, pronto a tenere alto il nome del Bel Paese nella Kics Cup, torneo internazionale di calcio giovanile che si svolgerà nella città dell'Illinoi...

Ernesto Solari, artista e studioso esperto di Leonardo, ha presentato ieri alla stampa le sue ultime scoperte leonardesche.   La prima opera è un curioso e anomalo disegno che Solari ritiene di poter considerare l'originale leonardesco di un'opera già conosciuta, che si conserva agli Uffizi, ed è attribuita ad un allievo. Secondo Solari ques...

Mike Piazza in questi giorni è in Italia e ha avuto modo di parlare con il presidente del Como, Pietro Porro, per intavolare una trattativa seria che porti in breve tempo alla cessione del club lombardo.   Due gli incontri che hanno apparecchiato la trattativa: martedì sera a Cernobbio e il giorno dopo, mercoledì, nel centro di Orsenigo e al...

by Claudia Baroncelli   If you are planning to pop the question to your sweetheart, but don't know how to do it and (above all) where to do it, you should know that Italy has plenty of romantic places to act as the perfect setting for your proposal. Here are Swide's suggestions.   Perhaps secondo only to your wedding day and the arriv...

by Chiara Beghelli Renzo, the lead character of Italy's most celebrated 19th-century novel – "The Betrothed" by Alessandro Manzoni – was a silk-weaver: a sought-after profession along the shores of Lake Como, where this Italian classic was set. As early as the 1500s, the Como province began to establish itself as Italy's premier hub for silk weavi...