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Museo Didattico della Seta
Ranked #17 of 88 things to do in Como
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Owner description: Opened in 1990, the museum documents the history of the silk industry in Como.
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Tucked away at the back of the town near the University (away from the lake) this is definitely worth a visit. Silk manufacturing was the dominant industry in Como and this tells the story from the early days of silk worm farms and the laborious processes involved in spinning, dyeing, weaving and selling the cloth, right up until Asian imports took over. Visitors are supplied with full notes in English. Anyone with experience or interest in the manufacture of fabric will enjoy this. My Bradford born OH recognised some of the methods which were also used in the manufacture of wool cloth.

There is also a small shop so I couldn't resist coming away with a beautiful heavy silk scarf - made in Como naturally - for only €40.

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

For anyone interesting in the silk industry at all, this is a gem. It is a bit off the beaten track and you have to take a bus, but it is very interesting. Not on the tourist route, but the staff speaks English and the signs are in English and it gives a very good insight into the history of the silk trade and especially the silk industry in Como.

5  Thank S K
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Como was once famous for its beautiful, artistic silk products, which has now, sadly, become a victim of economic problems and foreign, cheap imports. This museum attempts to show the tremendous skills of the local silk workers, many of whom still live in Como. when you visit this museum, you feel that the trade should be revised, as nothing compares to the original.

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Reviewed 10 June 2013

We walked quite a long way to the museum from the ferry terminal, so it would be a good idea to check out public transport if you aren't too fit.
The museum gave a very interesting and extensive overview of the history and methods of silk making, which has been an extremely important industry in Como.
Although labels on exhibits are in Italian, there is a very helpful English self-guide booklet giving all the information you need to understand the process.
All in all this is worthwhile visiting if you have an interest in textiles or in the history of the city itself

4  Thank Becahm
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

Very interesting museum, containing all you'd ever want to know about the silk industry in Como - including machines that process the silk through to the silk being woven.

Thank tegels
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