The city of Como
Como is the biggest city on Lake Como. The ancient Como built on the slopes of the hills was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC.
In 89BC after the town was devastated, the Romans decided to re-built the settlement near the lake.
The new town, called Novo Comum, was built according the Roman urban planning. This means a rectilinear grid of streets wrapped in a wall of defence and can still be seen in the old town.
The development of Roman Como is attested by the rich collection of the Archaeological Museum P.Giovio. Moreover by the eight marble columns of the arcades of “Liceo Volta”, and by some stretches of the town walls and by the remains of the Porta Praetoria.
Outside the walls you can find the foundations of the thermae (called “Pliniane”) and the ruins of a big Villa dating back to the 2nd century AD.