Located in the northern part of Lombardy, Como stands at the foot of Brunate Mountain, stretching out over the shores of Lake Como. The dark reflections of this mirror of water create a strange and cold atmosphere throughout the city and result in patches of bright colours around the lake's panoramic shoreline. The birthplace of Pliny the Elder, Como has preserved the grid-iron layout of a typical Roman city and the ancient architectural style of houses built around an interior courtyard. Make sure to set aside some time to visit Cavour Square, which was built in the 19th Century (in the place of the former port, on the shores of the lake), where you will find the life of the city centre. Not far from there, the Gothic Cathedral and Broletto Palace, the Commune's headquarters in the 13th Century, hide the Casa del Fascio and del Terragni, situated just behind, which gets its name from the architect who built it in the 30s. On Verdi Square, Casa del Fascio is one of the most important examples of rationalist architecture in Italy.