Tempio Voltiano
Tempio Voltiano
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The neoclassic building houses a museum dedicated to the inventor of the electric battery, Alessandro Volta, and exhibits some of his original instruments.
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BJameson
Cape Coral, FL24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Couples
Beautiful location. So much to see and do. Many spoke English. The hotel Barchetta Excelsior was great location and a view of the lake. 2nd floor rooms do not have balconies but 3+ do. The food is amazing and the shopping great as well
Written 28 July 2022
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lamuttimom
Duluth7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter was studying in Milan during the spring of 2007. While visiting her, we took the train to Como and saw the Volta Temple across the lake from where we were and decided to check it out. The grounds are very pretty with beautiful shaped trees along the shore.

We plunked down 1.5 euros apiece and walked in. I majored in microbology and am used to scientific apparatus. But we were not expecting case upon case of tubes and intruments. Not very exciting until we came upon the frogs. I was looking in a case and saw what appeared to be frog skeletons in various poses on thin metal sheets. One of the skeletons looked like it was sitting up. Sure enough, that's what they were. The display depicted some kind of musculoskeletal experiment from way back when. I couldn't help but laugh. And then my daughter started laughing. (Quietly, of course. We did not want to offend the woman managing the museum).

We finished the tour and walked by a table near the exit. It had a glass top. Inside were some momentos of Volta, including the charred remains of one of his books that was burned in a large fire. The ashes and burned pages were in a box that looked like a Christmas card box.

It was such a strange and odd museum. Because of it, it is also one of our favorite memories! I recommend a visit. It's a one-of-a-kind place and, to be fair, it's understandable why the citizens of Como are very proud of their favorite son.
Written 20 February 2008
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Southernsoftee2014
Bournemouth, UK14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Couples
The City of Como is, quite rightly, very proud of perhaps its most famous son. The Tempio Voltiano is a beautiful building both externally and internally. Should you be seduced by its beauty and be tempted inside to find out more about the life and works of Alessandro Volta, may I share my very recent experience?
If you are over seventy, there is a discounted entry fee but this is not made obvious. The lady on duty waved at a laminated A4 sheet containing a lot of small print and mumbled something in broken English. Only when I had stumped up the full admission price did her English improve and the discounted fee was pointed to somewhere in the middle of the text on the laminated sheet. By that time it was too late; my receipt had been printed.
If you are advised that the exhibition extends over two floors, don't believe it. Anything on the upper floor is not accessible as water ingress from the roof has caused problems with the safety of the ceiling. An initial survey and inspection couldn't find what was causing the damage so historic building experts were called in to identify a cure...this was in 2014 and they are still thinking about it.
If you are a scientist with a reasonable understanding of electrostatics, electrochemistry and twitching frogs' legs, then you will probably appreciate the breadth of the work that Volta engaged in during his lifetime. If the science syllabus you followed at school didn't touch on these things then probably the exhibition will not be good value.
What there is is quite well displayed and the mosaic decorations comprising the floor of the tempio are worth seeing. But in my honest opinion, the exhibition is not at all child-friendly, somebody needs to gently prod the building experts and get the second floor exhibition open again and the admission fees need to be made clearer.
Written 5 July 2019
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Ellen
Cambridge, UK10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Couples
As a scientist I had been excited to learn some history of science but the museum was really quite poor. There are cabinets around the circular ground floor, each science instrument or equipment has a number and you read off a list what it is....but not what it’s used for or why or anything more, no experiments are described. E.g an object might say ‘glass slate with tin plating’....THAT’s IT!! There’s an upper floor that is closed. Good job it was only $4.
Written 28 June 2019
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MarleenKruibeke
Kruibeke, Belgium160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Couples
Please visit this little templo, next to the lake. It tells you the story of Allesandro Volta, inventor of batteries, developing electricity experiments, magnetisme etc...the receptionists give you Apple information. Top Floors not visitable at this moment.
Written 12 June 2019
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iceland_poppy
telford122 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Friends
im genuinely puzzled about what other people saw here to rate this so highly
i thought it was a complete waste of time and money - but so frustrating as it could, so easily, be much better

it is a small museum with 2 floors - the top floor is closed and looks like it has been since 2014
the bottom floor has a number of cabinets around the room with stuff that looks interesting - it is all numbered - however there is nothing at all to tell you what any of it is - even in italian!
you walk around thinking im sure this is all v interesting... if only i knew what it was all about
there are 2 videos - even those arent very informative - one has an old man who is extinguishing a flame - but no explaniation how or why
the other didnt have english subtitles (or not the bit i watched)

it was only 4 euros - but even that was way too much for what it was as we got nothing out of it apart from visiting a pretty building

v dissappointing - though worth walking down as its a nice part of como
Written 13 July 2018
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ChrW
Ko Ngai, Thailand50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
For science interested people - see the world’s first battery (Volta column) and all kinds of ancient homemade equipment for making and measuring sparks and force of electricity /elektrochemistry).
2 short videos and a pamphlet with descriptions- but otherwise information wise very poor museum - still worth a visit and only 2 € per head
Written 7 January 2018
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Sagir E
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
When the suns out just looking at this while having a ice cream on the bench outside is mesmerising. If you love your history have a look inside not a lot to see but it does have is good.
Written 16 May 2017
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CityEnd
Montreal, Canada325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2013
For an interesting change of pace in Como, visit a temple dedicated to the great italian scientist Volta, the inventor of the battery. This museum is also a welcome place to rest and hide from the scorching sun while visiting Como's lakefront. The exhibits are interesting and the temple is small but beautiful.

Written 28 June 2013
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virago535
Worcester, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
Beautiful Italianate temple built to honour Volta. We stumbled across this pretty building on a walk and I was surprised to see the equipment and experiments that Volta had used. Recommended!
Written 7 June 2013
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