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Tempio Voltiano, Como

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The Tempio Voltiano is a museum in the city of Como, Italy that is dedicated to Alessandro Volta, a prolific scientist and the inventor of the electrical battery. Volta was born in Como in 1745, held his first professorship there until 1779, and retired to Como in 1819.The neoclassical building was designed by Federico Frigerio . It was completed in 1927 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the scientist's death, but it was inaugurated only in 1928. It hosts a collection of scientific instruments used by the physicist including his early voltaic piles . The first floor has a display of his personal belongings and his awards.It is one of the most visited museums in town. The temple was featured on the back of the 10,000 lire banknote, while Volta's portrait was depicted on the front of the same banknote. Banknotes based on the Italian lira have since been replaced by notes denominated in Euros.Near the Tempio Voltiano are the new statue by Daniel Libeskind named Life Electric and the Faro Voltiano. both dedicated to Volta.
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  • Beautiful temple overlooking Lake Como. Inside you can visit a small museum with the history and some invention of Time.
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  • Beautiful neoclassical building which calls for visita...ma ... at the entrance I did notice suddenly that is a Museum and that you have to pay and that you can't take pictures. to my request for explanation since I'm one who runs several museums in Italy and abroad, I am told that it is to sell books. SIC .... I look around and I see that the gallery upstairs is closed and on the ground floor there are hurdles and zones with the usual red and white plastic band visible in many Italian artistic realities. All can be visited for two euros. I hope as soon as possible in the hands of individuals who know how to better exploit all to prevent such management quackish superstition by the municipality of Como.
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  • A small Museum near the Lake, a beautiful temple but hospitality got colder, I turned...
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  • Only old equipment stored in cabinets. Could be more interactive. The building is beautiful!
  • The monument itself is not the most interesting piece of arts or achitecture you can admire in Italy , but take a walk along the lake and you won't regret it
  • It's a beautiful building with an interesting exhibition. Well worth a visit.
  • A nice A. Volta tribute, one of at least 3 in como
  • Detailed explanatioms of the development of the modern battery. It's dedicated to Volta. A curious round architecture makes it sort of cosy, as you enjoy the history of experimental physics

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