The collection dedicated to Alessandro Volta
Without him, there would be no such thing as a battery today. Alessandro Volta was an Italian 18th-century genius, one of the greatest scientists of all time, and his hometown, Como, has never ceased to pay homage to him with spaces and monuments.
First and foremost is the Volta Museum in Como, located inside the Tempio Voltiano. This neoclassical building stands on the lake shores, surrounded by elegant gardens where you cant take a stroll and relax.
Inaugurated in 1927 on the one-hundredth anniversary of his death, the museum houses a permanent exhibition where you can admire the instruments used by Volta for his experiments and devices invented by the great scientist during his lifetime. There are also photographic reproductions, statues, portraits and personal objects of Como’s physicist.
The Museum can be visited every day from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm. A ticket must be purchased and booking ahead is recommended.
If you are fascinated by the life and work of Alessandro Volta, you will find many places in Como that are just right for you. Such as Life Electric, a modern sculpture on the lake that in honour of the electric battery, the Liceo Volta Museum, with four sections dedicated to natural history, and the Faro Voltiano, a splendid viewpoint in Brunate.