Como is one of the most desirable tourist destinations in northern Italy, thanks to the geographical context of Lake Como and the gentle slopes of the hills Baradello and San Fermo with the Monte Brunate. Do not miss are Piazza Duomo and the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy; Piazza Verdi, with monuments that recall various historical eras like the medieval walls, the neoclassical theater and the former home of Beam, designed by Giuseppe Terragni. The frescoed Basilica of Sant’Abbondio is a masterpiece of Romanesque XI century, in which there are large frescoes of the fourteenth century; while among civil buildings there is Olginati Palace, seat of the Historical Museum Giuseppe Garibaldi. In the rest of the province you can visit the famous Bellagio, with the old town surrounded by ancient walls with small narrow streets that climb from the lake shore up the headland. Do not miss the Romanesque Cathedral of St. James which dates from the twelfth century, Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi, stately mansions in the eighteenth and nineteenth-century style. Through the century-old funicular you reach the village of Brunate that offers paths that connect Art Nouveau villas and leading to the Church of St. Andrew. The true stars of these places are the beautiful villas built by the noble families in these places of exceptional beauty. To name a few: Villa del Balbianello, Villa d’Este, Villa Erba, Villa Carlotta, Villa Passalacqua, Villa Pasola, Villa Erker Hocevar and Villa Ghisio with magnificent parks.