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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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  • 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...  read more »
  • If you do nothing else while you are in the Lake Como region, have lunch at Isola Comacina. The view of the lake and surrounding area is spectacular and the food was delicious with an entertaining pre...  read more »
  • We were hear because of lunch. We got to walk around the island. It's small and beautiful but I wouldn't make the trip just for the walking. 
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  • Starting from museo archeologico Antiquarium, near which you can visit the Romanesque church of St. Mary Magdalene by the famous Gothic bell tower, you embark upon the waters of the Lake, crossing the so-called Zoca de Oli, until you reach the isola Comacina. One of Como Lake Como history starred in Roman and medieval resulting in an oppidum, a military political hub, as well as one of the most important religious centers of the diocese. The size of the island in history is enough to distinguish the mythical place from which would sort the ars walls of Magistri Comacini, and also that the entire party would be the development of medieval Italian art. The splendid history of Comacina seems to stop abruptly in 1169, the annus horribilis that marked his tragic fate: destroyed and razed by comascans and Barbarossa, the island declined rapidly, finishing in later centuries in a State of disrepair. Known for its lush nature and the wonderful views, the isola Comacina has regained the honor of a time since 1900, through the implementation of three cottages for artists, Rationalist style, designed to make the island a hearth of art, and thanks to the archaeological excavations conducted by Ugo Monneret de Villard (1914) and Luigi Mario Belloni (1958-1978). To them goes the credit for helping to define what is now the Comacina Island: an archaeological site whose importance goes beyond local boundaries, much to her place among the most interesting archaeological sites of Northern Italy in the early middle ages. Remains of a Roman-era marble Colonnade conserved under the Church of s. Giovanni, early Christian evidences how the unusual classroom biabsidata with Mosaic and wall frescoes remains, as well as numerous remains of Romanesque churches including the crypt of the basilica of s. Eufemia and squared stone masonry of the SS. Faustino and Giovita: all this constitutes the precious artistic heritage of Comacinaalong with several artifacts that were recovered during archaeological campaigns and that are exposed in the Antiquarium Museum at Ossuccio VISIT The COMACINA ISLAND: every day, from March to October, from 10 to 17
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