The Latest Events on Lake Como

>The Latest Events on Lake Como

Summer is officially coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the social calendar on Lake Como is empty – quite the contrary! There are several exciting events coming up that we hope our Palazzo guests will enjoy, whether you are a music connoisseur, an amateur horticulturist or a fan of medieval cosplay. Our team at the Palazzo has all of the insider info and top tips to make any Lake Como event a success – just say the word and we will help you get tickets and arrange transportation to the events.

Palio del Baradello

Every year in September, the Palio del Baradello takes place at various locations in and around Como. A group of historical cosplayers reenact the day in March 1159 when Frederick Barbarossa came to Como at the request of the governing Dukes to fight against the Milanese. Thankfully, the Palio doesn’t feature any battles like those that devastated cities along the lake in the 12th century. Instead, there are parades in traditional costumes, concerts of traditional music, flag-waving, boat races and lots of other events.

It starts at 8:30 p.m. on August 30 with the Offering of the Votive Candle at the Basilica di Sant’Abbondio on the outskirts of town, where the Bishop will bless the event.

On the afternoon of September 2, various groups will put on medieval demonstrations at Castel Baradello on a hill above Como: archers, musicians, falconers and medieval dances.

On Saturday, September 8 at 5:30, Frederick Barbarossa himself arrives on a traditional Lucia boat at the shore by Piazza Cavour, accompanied by his consort, Beatrice of Burgandy, and the lords and ladies of their court. They proceed to Piazza Duomo and receive the key to the city in a beautiful ceremony, accompanied by musicians, jugglers and dancers. Later that evening, a medieval dinner is served under the colonnades of the Palazzo Broletto, complete with typical dishes and entertainment of the 12th century.

The festivities on Sunday, September 9, begin at 3 with a children’s afternoon at Villa Olmo and continue at 5 with the race of the traditional Lucia boats on the lake outside the villa.

A free celtic harp concert takes place at 9 p.m. on Thursday September 13 in the Basilica di San Giacomo.

On Friday, September 14, the Palio is reviving an event from the past. The ladies of the area gather on Borgo di Sant’Agostino for the “laundress race”, where they try to beat each other to the Funicular railway station pushing a wheelbarrow of laundry. After handing out the prizes to the winners, the audience is treated to a performance of medieval dancing and fire throwing.

On Saturday, September 15 on Piazzo Duomo, local teams participate in a ceremonial tug of war at 3 p.m., a mock medieval wedding at 5:45 p.m. and the exciting men’s wheelbarrow race at 9 p.m.

The Grand Historical Parade takes place on September 16, leaving the Ippocastano arena at 2:30 p.m., with more than a thousand participants marching, including drummers, bagpipers, greyhounds, flag throwers and more.

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Orticolario

Every year – and this year from October 5-7 – the who’s who in gardening and horticulture gather on Lake Como for the Orticolario festival at historic Villa Erba. Originally built by the Erba pharmaceuticals dynasty and home to noted filmmaker Luchino Visconti until his death in 1976, this 19th-century lakeside mansion could not be more suited to a gardening festival with its fine specimens of exotic plants and centuries-old trees.

Orticolario brings Italy’s best garden designers, artists and experts together for a weekend of debates, lectures, book launches, flower arranging and botanical competitions as well as new ideas for gardens and artistic installations. This theme of this year’s tenth edition is “play” and the starring flower is sage. There is a Masked Charity Dinner in honor of British gardener, plantsman and author Roy Lancaster. The extravagant dinner takes place in the Villa Antica, with food provided by the area’s best chefs, including Michele Zambanini from Villa d’Este and Silvio Salmoiraghi from Acquerello. The Giullari del Diavolo jugglers perform during dinner and the proceeds of the dinner go to charities throughout the Lake Como area. Guests are encouraged to wear “curious dress” and the creepy masks provided at the entrance.

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Gravedona Chamber Music Festival

The Gravedona Chamber Music Festival, organized by ClassicAreale, is designed to share the beauty and magic of chamber music with the belief that music is the best medicine for the soul. The concerts take place at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Friday 24 August at 6 p.m.
Due Trii Con un Colore Diverso
With violin, flute, viola and violencello

Friday 31 August at 6 p.m.
Quintetto d’Archi
With violin, viola and cello

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International Guitar Festival in Menaggio

Renowned guitarists from across Europe are gathering on Lake Como to play concerts at a range of venues near Menaggio, from Hotel Bellevista and Chiesa Santa Maria to the main stage on Piazza Garibaldi. Virtuoso guitarists like Sönke Meinen and Katie James will take part, along with the Ensemble Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and Blueaces. 

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There are also still a few events left in the Lake Como Festivals told you about in an earlier blog post, including the Lake Como International Music Festival and the Arte & Musica sul Lario. Check them out here! 

Summer is officially coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the social calendar on Lake Como is empty – quite the contrary! There are several exciting events coming up that we hope our Palazzo guests will enjoy, whether you are a music connoisseur, an amateur horticulturist or a fan of medieval cosplay. Our team at the Palazzo has all of the insider info and top tips to make any Lake Como event a success – just say the word and we will help you get tickets and arrange transportation to the events.

Palio del Baradello

Every year in September, the Palio del Baradello takes place at various locations in and around Como. A group of historical cosplayers reenact the day in March 1159 when Frederick Barbarossa came to Como at the request of the governing Dukes to fight against the Milanese. Thankfully, the Palio doesn’t feature any battles like those that devastated cities along the lake in the 12th century. Instead, there are parades in traditional costumes, concerts of traditional music, flag-waving, boat races and lots of other events.

It starts at 8:30 p.m. on August 30 with the Offering of the Votive Candle at the Basilica di Sant’Abbondio on the outskirts of town, where the Bishop will bless the event.

On the afternoon of September 2, various groups will put on medieval demonstrations at Castel Baradello on a hill above Como: archers, musicians, falconers and medieval dances.

On Saturday, September 8 at 5:30, Frederick Barbarossa himself arrives on a traditional Lucia boat at the shore by Piazza Cavour, accompanied by his consort, Beatrice of Burgandy, and the lords and ladies of their court. They proceed to Piazza Duomo and receive the key to the city in a beautiful ceremony, accompanied by musicians, jugglers and dancers. Later that evening, a medieval dinner is served under the colonnades of the Palazzo Broletto, complete with typical dishes and entertainment of the 12th century.

The festivities on Sunday, September 9, begin at 3 with a children’s afternoon at Villa Olmo and continue at 5 with the race of the traditional Lucia boats on the lake outside the villa.

A free celtic harp concert takes place at 9 p.m. on Thursday September 13 in the Basilica di San Giacomo.

On Friday, September 14, the Palio is reviving an event from the past. The ladies of the area gather on Borgo di Sant’Agostino for the “laundress race”, where they try to beat each other to the Funicular railway station pushing a wheelbarrow of laundry. After handing out the prizes to the winners, the audience is treated to a performance of medieval dancing and fire throwing.

On Saturday, September 15 on Piazzo Duomo, local teams participate in a ceremonial tug of war at 3 p.m., a mock medieval wedding at 5:45 p.m. and the exciting men’s wheelbarrow race at 9 p.m.

The Grand Historical Parade takes place on September 16, leaving the Ippocastano arena at 2:30 p.m., with more than a thousand participants marching, including drummers, bagpipers, greyhounds, flag throwers and more.

Website

Orticolario

Every year – and this year from October 5-7 – the who’s who in gardening and horticulture gather on Lake Como for the Orticolario festival at historic Villa Erba. Originally built by the Erba pharmaceuticals dynasty and home to noted filmmaker Luchino Visconti until his death in 1976, this 19th-century lakeside mansion could not be more suited to a gardening festival with its fine specimens of exotic plants and centuries-old trees.

Orticolario brings Italy’s best garden designers, artists and experts together for a weekend of debates, lectures, book launches, flower arranging and botanical competitions as well as new ideas for gardens and artistic installations. This theme of this year’s tenth edition is “play” and the starring flower is sage. There is a Masked Charity Dinner in honor of British gardener, plantsman and author Roy Lancaster. The extravagant dinner takes place in the Villa Antica, with food provided by the area’s best chefs, including Michele Zambanini from Villa d’Este and Silvio Salmoiraghi from Acquerello. The Giullari del Diavolo jugglers perform during dinner and the proceeds of the dinner go to charities throughout the Lake Como area. Guests are encouraged to wear “curious dress” and the creepy masks provided at the entrance.

Website

Gravedona Chamber Music Festival

The Gravedona Chamber Music Festival, organized by ClassicAreale, is designed to share the beauty and magic of chamber music with the belief that music is the best medicine for the soul. The concerts take place at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Friday 24 August at 6 p.m.
Due Trii Con un Colore Diverso
With violin, flute, viola and violencello

Friday 31 August at 6 p.m.
Quintetto d’Archi
With violin, viola and cello

Website

International Guitar Festival in Menaggio

Renowned guitarists from across Europe are gathering on Lake Como to play concerts at a range of venues near Menaggio, from Hotel Bellevista and Chiesa Santa Maria to the main stage on Piazza Garibaldi. Virtuoso guitarists like Sönke Meinen and Katie James will take part, along with the Ensemble Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and Blueaces.

Website

There are also still a few events left in the Lake Como Festivals told you about in an earlier blog post, including the Lake Como International Music Festival and the Arte & Musica sul Lario. Check them out here! 

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