Tempio Voltiano

Como, Italy

The Tempio Voltiano is a museum in the city of Como, Italy that is dedicated to Alessandro Volta, a prolific scientist and the inventor of the electrical battery. Volta was born in Como in 1745, held his first professorship there until 1779, and retired to Como in 1819.

The neoclassical building was designed by Federico Frigerio (1873–1959). It was completed in 1927 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the scientist's death, but it was inaugurated only in 1928. It hosts a collection of scientific instruments used by the physicist including his early voltaic piles (batteries). The first floor has a display of his personal belongings and his awards.

It is one of the most visited museums in town. The temple was featured on the back of the 10,000 lire banknote, while Volta's portrait was depicted on the front of the same banknote. Banknotes based on the Italian lira have since been replaced by notes denominated in Euros.

In the nearbies of the Tempio Voltiano, there are the new statue of Daniel Libeskind named Life Electric and the Faro Voltiano. both dedicated to Volta.

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Founded: 1927
Category: Museums in Italy

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Paul Heller (4 months ago)
Nice enough building on the outside, due to covid the museum itself is currently closed.
kostas kotakos (8 months ago)
Good atmosphere and valid service
Martin Larsen (13 months ago)
Wasn't inside the museum. But the location was nice. Various great views to mountains and located in a park, which seemed clean!
Uli K (14 months ago)
Closed for renovations. No time given for reopening.
Sari Gold (16 months ago)
Along the shore of Lake Como.. view from Tempo Voltiano ✨Lovely place, very sweet atmosphere, beautiful colors, amazing water, soft melodies .. I loved the moment!
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