Il Giardino di Lory on that branch of Lake Como returns to discover the curiosity of our territory; Today we discover the city of Como and its Roman past.
Arriving in Como we can note the walls of the old town surrounding the city on three sides, about 70% of the original walls have been preserved and date back to the medieval period. Due to previous looting and considering the territory of Como important for a future Expansion in the Alps in 59 BC Giulio Cesare thanks to impressive hydraulic works, I authorize the deviation of the river Cosia, Valduce and Fiume, opening up the restoration of the area and setting up 5000 new settlers including 500 Greeks.
The city of Como passed from Roman colony to Roman colony, allowing the birth of the new urban center. The complex defensive structure was built in the first half of the 1st century to cover the accesses to Milan and the Padana plain from the central Alps, joining existing structures such as Castel Baradello, the Comacina island.
The walls had a thickness of two meters, with towers set at a regular distance and a majestic entrance to the city called “Porta Pretoria”, which however remains trace only in the subsoil of the city. Lined with two ottogonal towers, it had two steps and was covered with marble slabs.
Outside the city there was the “thousand passus”, beyond which it left the colony and there was a spa, a residential area. A square public monument with a large centered courtyard with columns in chives and a large central exedra. Numerous remains of manor villas have been found and some, such as villa Zezio with its scenic terraces, are still visible today.
The poet Catullo in a comic book devoted to comic friend Cecilio wrote: << “To the poet of love Cecilio, my companion / papyrus, this coming to Verona / leaving the new walls of Como, the shores of Lario (Comi Menus Lariunque litus) >>.