Brunate is a town and comune in the province of Como in northern Italy, some 50 kilometres northeast of Milan. It has some 1,800 residents, but is more populated in summer. The town overlooks Como, which lies on the shore of Lake Como some 500 metres below, for a short time in the late 12th century Brunate was an independent commune, but in 1240 it reverted to the suzerainty of Como. Como and Brunate are linked by a steep, winding road, alessandro Volta lived in Brunate for a short period – the Faro Voltiano lighthouse in the San Maurizio district, was built and named in his honour. The Bulgarian poet Pencho Slaveykov died in the town on 10 June 1912, media related to Brunate at Wikimedia Commons Official site of the Brunate commune
Cernobbio is a comune in the province of Como, northern Italy. It is located about 40 kilometres north of Milan and about 2 kilometres northwest of Como, on the border with Switzerland, the highest peak is the Monte Bisbino, at 1,325 m. Cernobbio borders the municipalities, Breggia, Maslianico, Moltrasio. Cernobbio received the title of city with a presidential decree on May 24,2005. Since 1975, every year in early September the city of Cernobbio hosts the Ambrosetti Forum, Cernobbio is a stopping point on the bus and ferry services that link Como to Colico via the west side of Lake Como. It is the point for the long-distance footpath, La Via dei Monti Lariani. Villa Erba Villa dEste Official website
Argegno is a comune in the Province of Como in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 50 kilometres north of Milan and about 15 kilometres north of Como. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 650, the village, like many in the Lake Como area is popular with expatriates, particularly from the United Kingdom, a situation exacerbated by the economic flux in recent years. Indeed, the economy is heavily dependent upon tourism and the service industry. A cable car can transport people up to the village of Pigra. Argegno is situated on an inlet in the lake, and is alongside the River Telo which flows into the lake. Argegno borders the municipalities, Colonno, Lezzeno, Pigra. It is situated in between the villages of Menaggio and Cernobbio, argegno is of Roman origin, and is named after the Roman consul Publio Cesio Archigene. With the fall of Rome and the subsequent geopolitical instability in Italy a series of fortifications were constructed in the medieval period, the largest structure in the village is the Sanctuary of SantAnna, which was constructed in the seventeenth centuries, and contains stucco work from centuries
Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Austria, San Marino, Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate and Mediterranean climate. Due to its shape, it is referred to in Italy as lo Stivale. With 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth most populous EU member state, the Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom, which eventually became a republic that conquered and assimilated other nearby civilisations. The legacy of the Roman Empire is widespread and can be observed in the distribution of civilian law, republican governments, Christianity. The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism, exploration, Italian culture flourished at this time, producing famous scholars and polymaths such as Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo and Machiavelli. The weakened sovereigns soon fell victim to conquest by European powers such as France and Austria.
Despite being one of the victors in World War I, Italy entered a period of economic crisis and social turmoil. The subsequent participation in World War II on the Axis side ended in defeat, economic destruction. Today, Italy has the third largest economy in the Eurozone and it has a very high level of human development and is ranked sixth in the world for life expectancy. The country plays a prominent role in regional and global economic, military and diplomatic affairs, as a reflection of its cultural wealth, Italy is home to 51 World Heritage Sites, the most in the world, and is the fifth most visited country. The assumptions on the etymology of the name Italia are very numerous, according to one of the more common explanations, the term Italia, from Latin, was borrowed through Greek from the Oscan Víteliú, meaning land of young cattle. The bull was a symbol of the southern Italic tribes and was often depicted goring the Roman wolf as a defiant symbol of free Italy during the Social War. Greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus states this account together with the legend that Italy was named after Italus, mentioned by Aristotle and Thucydides.
The name Italia originally applied only to a part of what is now Southern Italy – according to Antiochus of Syracuse, but by his time Oenotria and Italy had become synonymous, and the name applied to most of Lucania as well. The Greeks gradually came to apply the name Italia to a larger region, excavations throughout Italy revealed a Neanderthal presence dating back to the Palaeolithic period, some 200,000 years ago, modern Humans arrived about 40,000 years ago. Other ancient Italian peoples of undetermined language families but of possible origins include the Rhaetian people and Cammuni. Also the Phoenicians established colonies on the coasts of Sardinia and Sicily, the Roman legacy has deeply influenced the Western civilisation, shaping most of the modern world