Blevio is a comune in the Province of Como in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 40 kilometres north of Milan and about 2 kilometres northeast of Como. It overlooks the shore of Lake Como from hilly slopes starting at more than 200 metres. Blevio borders the municipalities, Cernobbio, Moltrasio. The comune of Blevio includes seven villages, the so-called the seven cities, the municipal land extends from 200 to 1,140 metres above sea level. The etymology of the name of the city could be found in the Celtic Ligurian Biuelius
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
Regions of Italy
The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of Italy, constituting its second NUTS administrative level. There are 20 regions, of five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes. Each region, except for the Aosta Valley, is divided into provinces, regions are autonomous entities with powers defined in the Constitution. As the administrative districts of the state during the Kingdom of Italy. The original draft list comprised the Salento region and Venezia Giulia were separate regions, and Basilicata was named Lucania. Abruzzo and Molise were identified as regions in the first draft. They were merged into Abruzzo e Molise in the constitution of 1948. Implementation of regional autonomy was postponed until the first Regional Elections of 1970, the ruling Christian Democracy party did not want the opposition Italian Communist Party to gain power in the regions, where it was historically rooted. Regions acquired a significant level of autonomy following a reform in 2001.
In June 2006 the proposals, which had been associated with Lega Nord. The results varied considerably among the regions, ranging from 55. 3% in favour in Veneto to 82% against in Calabria, number of regions controlled by each coalition since 1995, Macroregions are the first-level NUTS of the European Union. These regions, whose statutes are approved by their councils, were created in 1970. Since the constitutional reform of 2001 they have had residual legislative powers, the regions have exclusive legislative power with respect to any matters not expressly reserved to state law. Yet their financial autonomy is quite modest, they just keep 20% of all levied taxes, Article 116 of the Italian Constitution grants to five regions home rule, acknowledging their powers in relation to legislation and finance. These regions became autonomous in order to take into account cultural differences, the government wanted to prevent their secession from Italy after the Second World War. Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol constitutes a special case, the region is nearly powerless, and the powers granted by the regions statute are mostly exercised by the two autonomous provinces within the region and South Tyrol.
In this case, the regional institution plays a coordinating role, the latter is directly elected by the citizens of each region, with the exceptions of Aosta Valley and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, where he is chosen by the regional council. Under the 1995 electoral law, the winning coalition receives a majority of seats on the council
Singer-songwriters are musicians who write and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies. The genre began with the folk-acoustic tradition, singer-songwriters often provide the sole accompaniment to an entire composition or song, typically using a guitar or piano. Singer-songwriter is used to define popular music artists who write and perform their own material, such an artist performs the roles of composer, vocalist and often self-manager. Most records by artists have a similarly straightforward and spare sound that placed emphasis on the song itself. The term has used to describe songwriters in the rock and pop music genres including Henry Russell, Aristide Bruant, Hank Williams. Song topics include political protest, as in the case of the Almanac Singers, Pete Seeger, the concept of a singer-songwriter can be traced to ancient bardic oral tradition, which has existed in various forms throughout the world. Poems would be performed as chant or song, sometimes accompanied by a harp or other similar instrument, after the invention of printing, songs would be written and performed by ballad sellers.
Usually these would be versions of existing tunes and lyrics, which were constantly evolving and this developed into the singer-songwriting traditions of folk culture. The term singer-songwriter in North America can be traced back to singers who developed works in the blues and folk music style. Early to mid-20th century American singer-songwriters include Lead Belly, Jimmie Rodgers, Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, Blind Willie McTell, Lightnin Hopkins, Son House, the tradition of writing topical songs was established by this group of musicians. This focus on social issues has greatly influenced the singer-songwriter genre, artists who had been primarily songwriters, notably Carole King, Townes Van Zandt, and Neil Diamond, began releasing work as performers. In contrast to the approach of most prior country and folk music. The adjectives confessional and sensitive were often used singer-songwriter style, in the rock band era, members were not technically singer-songwriters as solo acts.
However, many were singer-songwriters who created songs with band members. Many others like Eric Clapton found success as singer-songwriters in their careers, there were hints of cross-pollination, but rock and folk music had remained largely separate genres, often with different audiences. An early attempt at fusing elements of folk and rock was highlighted in the Animals House of the Rising Sun, dylan plugged an entire generation into the milieu of the singer-songwriter. In the mid- to late 1960s, bands and singer-songwriters began to proliferate the underground New York art/music scene. Lotti Golden, in her Atlantic debut album Motor-Cycle, chronicled her life in NYCs East Village in the late 60s counterculture, visiting subjects such as gender identity, kate Bush remained distinctive throughout with her idiosyncratic style
Campione dItalia is a comune of the Province of Como in the Lombardy region of Italy, and an exclave surrounded by the Swiss canton of Ticino. In the first century BC the Romans founded the town of Campilonum to protect their territories from Helvetii invasions. In 777, Toto of Campione, a local Lombard lord, ownership was transferred to the abbey of Sant’Ambrogio. In 1512, the area of Ticino was transferred from the ownership of the bishop of Como to Switzerland by Pope Julius II. However, the abbey maintained control over what is now Campione dItalia, when Ticino chose to become part of the Swiss Confederation in 1798, the people of Campione chose to remain part of Lombardy. In 1800, Ticino proposed exchanging Indemini for Campione, in 1814 a referendum was held, and the residents of Campione opposed it. In 1848, during the wars of Italian unification, Campione petitioned Switzerland for annexation and this was rejected due to the Swiss desire for neutrality. After Italian unification in 1861, all land west of Lake Lugano and half of the lake were given to Switzerland so that Swiss trade and transport would not have to pass through Italy.
The dItalia was added to the name of Campione in the 1930s by Prime Minister Benito Mussolini and this was to assert the exclaves Italian-ness. During World War II, the US Office of Strategic Services — partly through Berne OSS chief Allen Welsh Dulles — maintained a unit in Campione for operations in Italy, at the time the pro-Nazi Italian regime did not have control over the exclave. The Swiss ignored the situation as long as the Americans kept a low profile, postage stamps were issued during this period inscribed Campione dItalia and valued in Swiss currency. Campione has an amount of economic and administrative integration with Switzerland. Because of its status, legal tender in the town is the Swiss franc. Mail may be sent using either a Swiss postal code or an Italian one using Switzerland or Italy as destination country respectively, like the Italian town of Livigno, it is exempt from EU VAT. Campione takes advantage of its status by operating a casino, the Casinò di Campione, security is provided by the Carabinieri and the city has a Polizia Locale group.
However and ambulances are Swiss, schools within the comune are the Scuola Materna G. Garibaldi, the Scuola Elementare, and the Scuola Media. List of communes of the Province of Como List of enclaves and exclaves Media related to Campione dItalia at Wikimedia Commons Official website
Canzo is a commune of the Italian province of Como. It is the last town north of the historical Brianza region of Lombardy, capital of the Lake Como Triangle community and it has 5,192 citizens and an area of 11.8 square kilometres, a density of 445 persons/km2. Its history began in the 5th century BC, when it was founded by Celts, prehistoric settlements date to the Mesolithic period and the Copper Age. The name of the town comes from the Latin Cantius, itself from the Celtic root meaning edge and it is known in Lombardy for its mountains, particularly the Corni di Canzo and the Cornizzolo. The surroundings are rich in watercourses and springs, lago del Segrino is a glacial lake fed by underground springs. Canzo hosts BIOFERA, one of the organic farming events in Italy. According to a statistic of the financial newspaper of Italy, Canzo is a leader place of hobbies and security. The first settlements were between Cornizzolo, Mount Raj and Segrino lake and this site remained inhabited until the 1950s, under the names of Canza and Sitt di Budracch.
The Celtic and first Roman foundation were transferred to the valley under the Corni di Canzo, the ancient town was on the right side of this river. The oldest extant streets are, Casargh was where people lived, the presence of Roman soldiers and their integration within the Insubric/Lepontian population is still evidenced by toponyms such as Castelmarte and Martesana. Evidence of pre-Roman cults is found at sites, including stones dedicated to propitiatory fertility rites. A legend says that the Church of Milan was founded by St. Barnabas and this is commonly rejected by historians, archaeological proof of a Christian presence in Milan during apostolic times has been found. From the 3rd to the 5th centuries, Christianity was consolidated across Canzo, a church was dedicated to St. Stephen. Another product of this period was widespread veneration of St. Maternus, during the 3rd century, Bishop Monas organized the diocese. At this time Canzo probably belonged to Incinos pieve, but the Curtis Casalensis confederation was established and retained relative political autonomy throughout the Middle Ages.
This pieve or confederation of communes comprised the villages of Caslino, Proserpio, Eupilio and some frazioni of the current commune of Erba, with Canzo as its capital. The coat of arms of Corte di Casale was similar to others of the zone, with white and red stripes, forming peaks with the top upward. During these centuries the rule of Corte di Casale continued, on 27 April 1162, in an act signed in Pavia, Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, recognized that the possessions of St. Peters Abbey included some fields in Canzo
Provinces of Italy
In Italy, a province is an administrative division of intermediate level between a municipality and a region. There are currently 107 provinces in Italy, a further 4 such cities were added later. The reorganization of the Italian provinces became operative by January 2015, a province of the Italian Republic is composed of many municipalities. Usually several provinces together form a region, the region of Aosta Valley is the sole exception – it is not subdivided into provinces, the three main functions devolved to provinces are, local planning and zoning, provision of local police and fire services, transportation regulation. The number of provinces in Italy has been growing in recent years. Usually, the name is the same as that of its capital city. According to the 2014 reform, each province is headed by a President assisted by a body, the Provincial Council, and an executive body. President and members of Council are elected together by mayors and city councilors of each municipality of the province, the Executive is chaired by the President who appoint others members, called assessori.
Since 2015 the President and others members of the Council will not receive a salary, in each province there is a Prefect, a representative of the central government who heads an agency called prefettura-ufficio territoriale del governo. The Questor is the head of States Police in the province, there is a provinces police force depending from local government, called provincial police. Sardinia - following the outcome of the referendums of 2012 it was decreed that such institutions should be reformed or abolished by March 2013. In January 2014 the Sardinian Regional Administrative Court declared unconstitutional the abolition of the Sardinian provinces, sicily - provinces were replaced by Free Communal Consortia in 2013. In 1861, at the birth of the Kingdom of Italy, however, at that time the national territory was smaller than the current one, regions of Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino Alto Adige and Lazio were not included in the kingdom. In 1866, following the Third Independence War, territories of Veneto, there were therefore nine more provinces, Mantua, Rovigo, Venice, Verona and Udine, all previously part of the Austrian Empire.
Eventually, in 1870, following the annexion of Rome and its province from the Papal States, after the First World War, new territories were annexed to Italy. The Province of Trento was created in 1920, Provinces of La Spezia and Ionio in 1923. In 1924 the new provinces of Fiume and Zara were created, in 1927, following a Royal charter, a general province rearrangement took place. 17 new provinces were created and the province of Caserta was suppressed, in the same year the institution of circondari, sub-provincial wards created before the unification, was abolished
Bellagio is a comune in the Province of Como in the Italian region of Lombardy. It is located on Lake Como, known by its Latin-derived name, the arms of the lake form an inverted Y. The triangular land mass at the base of the inverted Y is the Larian Triangle, the Como arm of the lake lies to its south west, the Lecco arm of the lake to its south east. At the northern point of the triangle sits Bellagio, looking across to the arm of the lake and, behind it. It has always been famous for its location, Bellagio is situated upon the cape of the land mass that divides Lake Como in two. The city centre occupies the tip of the promontory, while other districts are scattered along the lake shores, from the ancient glacial blanket only the highest tops emerged, one of them Mount St. Primo, which obliged the glaciers to divide into two arms. Nowadays, a luxuriance of trees and flowers is favoured by a mild, the historic centre of Bellagio shelters 350m southwest of the promontory of the Larian Triangle, between the Villa Serbelloni on the hill and the Como arm of the lake.
At the far tip of the promontory are a park and a marina, parallel to the shore are three streets, Mazzini and Garibaldi in ascending order. Cutting across them to form a grid are seven medieval stone stairs running uphill. The Basilica of San Giacomo and a tower, sole relic of medieval defences. In 225 BC, the territory of the Gallo-Insubres was occupied by the Romans, the Romans, led by consul Marcus Claudius Marcellus, defeated the Gallo-Insubres in a fierce battle near Camerlata, occupying Como and the shores of the lake. Insubre hopes of independence were raised by an alliance with Hannibal during the Second Punic War, Bellagio became both a Roman garrison and a point of passage and wintering for the Roman armies on their way through to the province of Raetia and the Splügen pass. Troops wintered at the foot of the present Villa Serbelloni, sheltered from north winds, such variant Latin names as Belacius and Bislacus suggest Bellagio was originally Bi-lacus. Between 81 and 77 BC Cornelius Scipio brought 3,000 Latin colonists to Lake Como, from 59 BC Julius Caesar, as pro-consul, brought up another 5000 colonists, most importantly 500 Greeks from Sicily.
Their names are borne by their descendants. Bellagio became a mixture of races which became more and more complex in the following centuries, it increased its strategic importance because, as well as a place for wintering, it sheltered warships especially at Loppia, where the natural creek made it easy to repair them. Around Loppia there formed one of the first suburbs of Bellagio, the Romans introduced many Mediterranean crops, including the olive and laurel, from the name of the latter derives the Latin name of Lake Como. In the early decades of the Empire, two great figures brought fame to the lake and Bellagio and Pliny the Younger, the Latin poet, visited Bellagio and remembered the lake in the second book of the Georgics, verse 155