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Faro voltiano, Brunate

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Admire sweeping views of Lake Como from Faro voltiano, a lighthouse dominating a vast valley. Built in 1927, this octagonal tower stands 29 m (95 ft) tall and offers gorgeous panoramas of the surroundings. Named after scientist Alessandro Volta, who lived in Brunate for a while, the lighthouse has a spiral staircase with 143 steps leading to the top. Illuminating Como at night, its light can be seen from up to 50 km (31 mi) away. Put Faro voltiano and other Brunate attractions into our Brunate vacation planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Very nice view of the Lake from both sides of the Hill. But to do 45 minutes walk, with a certain effort binds to the elevation, but worth the money. €2 the 148 steps of the lighthouse
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  • August 15, 2017
    Going to the trails we stopped to take a look at the Volta lighthouse erected just above Brunate. The lighthouse erected in memory of the scientist Alessandro Volta is in position I would say ... super overview. A nice balcony, the Hill of three crosses, allows a great view without climbing the steps leading to the top of the lighthouse 143 approximately 900 meters above sea level. You can see Milan, Turin and much more! The beacon emanating, intermittently, the color of our flag and light, this light is visible at about 50 km away. The climb costs €2 for adults, €1. Well spent ... especially on a clear day.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful view from above, the climb is not too strenuous and the show is guaranteed! Not suitable for those who suffer from Vertigo because of the tight space and the few protections that we are on (not closed but everything open, there's the railing).
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  • This place has stunning views but... what a trek up the hill! We thought it was going to be an easy place to reach but it took us almost an hour to reach the top of mountain. If you are fit enough to get to the top, you will definitely love this spot. We were lucky to have a clear day so the view of the lake and mountains was incredible.
  • MISSION AHEAD!! While the sights are beautiful if your of an older age or not necessarily nimble I would recommend taking the bus here from the train. It's not an actual bus but an 8 seater jeep and the fare is 2.50 euro. It runs up and down every 15 mins I would not recommend children of pram age as you cannot walk the whole way with the pram as the paths are very uneven
  • If you visit Como and Brunate, you need to get to this place to enjoy the amazing view of the lake. Don't miss it!
  • Looks impressive from outside. Check before coming here. Won't be necessarily open.
  • We didn't pay to go in as we had a dog with us (not sure if they are allowed up), but I'm not sure that we missed much. The views from up there are great anyway.

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