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 Banknotes based on the Italian lira have since been replaced by notes denominated in Euros.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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kostas kotakos (2 months ago)
Good atmosphere and valid service
Martin Larsen (7 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!
Sari Gold (10 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!
Ron Mosocco (11 months ago)
It rained here cats & dogs and snowed in mountains all through the night a couple of April's ago when we visited but now the sun is shining and beautiful. Today we visited the Alessandro Volta Museum (aka Tempio Voltiano),the inventor of electric battery, voltage, etc. The Tempio Voltiano is a museum dedicated in honor of Alessandro Volta, the electrical battery. Volta was born here in Como in 1745. Built in the Roman neoclassical design by Federico Frigerio, it was completed in 1927. It is one of the most widely visited sites of Como. The first time we vacationed here, it was a beautiful sunny day in June. I posted a few photos from then as well.
Ankita Kashyap (2 years ago)
Okay. First things first. This is NOT a museum or a temple. It is a Mausoleum, which is a place made in memory of someone, in this case, Volta. Nobody mentioned this to us while we were going there as there is nothing much to see there. The ticket is 8euros per person which you can say is more like donation as what is inside is not at all worth this price. There are old vessels and equipments that Volta used in his time but they are kept in showcases and unless you are a die hard fan of chemistry/physics or Volta they won't make any sense to you. So I suggest skipping the Tempio and instead enjoy the lakeside benches right in front of the Tempio and have a picnic that you'll remember!
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