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Isola Comacina, Ossuccio
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Isola Comacina is a small wooded island of Italy’s Lake Como, administratively a part of the commune of Ossuccio. It is located close to the western shore of the Como arm of the lake in front of a gulf known as Zoca de l'oli, a Lombard name referring to the local small-scale production of olive oil. In the late 6th century (c. 587) the island was a remaining Roman stronghold under Francio, a subordinate of Narses; though the areas surrounding Lake Como were entirely controlled by the Lombards. The island was besieged for a good deal of time by the Lombards under Authari who released Francio to flee back to Narses' capital at Ravenna. The Lombards found the island to contain "many riches" deposited for safekeeping by local Roman loyalists.The island was invaded in 1169 by Frederick Barbarossa and soldiers from the town of Como. In 1175, Vidulfo, the Bishop of Como, cursed the island with the following words, "The bells will never ring, the rocks will never be placed one over the other, nobody will do here the work of the publican, the punishment a violent death."In 1919 the island was given to Belgium, in homage to King Albert I. The island was returned the following year.
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  • I visited the island arriving by boat of the navigation of Lake Como. I was pleasantly surprised, you pay an entrance right since the island well kept and you can visit all in about an hour and a half. There are several trails, recommend them all so you have a 360 degree view of the landscape, some archeological exhibit with explanatory signs in Italian and English, and a path of artists really interesting. A site really impressive, an oasis of peace. There are areas for picnics with wooden benches for those who wish to stay to eat. Or you can find restaurants around. Surprising that the 90% or more of visitors is always composed of foreigners. Recommended visit
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  • Isola comacina is a small green island on Lake Como, indeed, he edisntvennyj there. You can get only on water. There you can visit the Archaeological Park and Museum, as well as just walk and eat.
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  • We stayed on the island for a cocktail, after reaching it by boat. It was pleasant and relaxing, rather unusual setting. Make sure you go there on a sunny day for best experience. Island offers bars a...  more »
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  • Island for artists. The last time I found the surprise that has become to be paid! I find it bizarre, I hope at least that the proceeds are destined to the artists that reside in the recently restored houses, and that artists are deserving and not recommended ... It remains one of the jewels of Lake Como.
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  • Nice to spend a half day in peace and discover the history of the island
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  • It is the only island in Lake Como. Situated in the territory of Tremezzina in what in dialect is called la Zoca de l'oli (oil basin), is the northernmost territory of Italy where it's grown olives for oil. The territory is a veritable oasis of nature, entirely covered by lush vegetation that protects the remains of ancient buildings. There is a fine Baroque church dedicated to Saint John. Very beautiful trails that run through the entire area that allow you to enjoy very beautiful views. -It is the only island of Lake Como. Is situated in the territory of Tremezzina in the Zoca de l ' Oil (the oil basin), it's the northern Italian region where it's grown olives for oil. The territory is an authentic oasis of nature, entirely covered by lush vegetation that protects the remains of ancient buildings. There is a late baroque church dedicated to St. John. Very beautiful paths through the whole territory that allow you to enjoy really fascinating glimpses.
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  • The peace and serenity of the island
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  • Something absolutely fantastic and fascinating!
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