Blevio

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Blevio

Biev  (Lombard)
Comune di Blevio
Central Blevio seen from the lake
Central Blevio seen from the lake
Coat of arms of Blevio
Coat of arms
Location of Blevio
Blevio is located in Italy
Blevio
Blevio
Location of Blevio in Italy
Blevio is located in Lombardy
Blevio
Blevio
Blevio (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 45°50′20″N 9°06′09″E / 45.8389°N 9.1024°E / 45.8389; 9.1024Coordinates: 45°50′20″N 9°06′09″E / 45.8389°N 9.1024°E / 45.8389; 9.1024
CountryItaly
RegionLombardy
ProvinceComo (CO)
Government
 • MayorAlberto Trabucchi
Area
 • Total5.47 km2 (2.11 sq mi)
Elevation
231 m (758 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2010)[3]
 • Total1,268
 • Density230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Bleviani
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
22020
Dialing code031
WebsiteOfficial website

Blevio (Comasco: Biev [ˈbjeːf]) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Como in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Milan and about 2 kilometres (1 mi) northeast of Como. It overlooks the eastern shore of Lake Como from hilly slopes starting at more than 200 metres (660 ft).

Blevio borders the following municipalities: Brunate, Cernobbio, Como, Moltrasio, Torno.

History[edit]

The comune of Blevio includes seven villages, the so-called "the seven cities" (Capovico, Cazzanore, Girola, Maggianico, Mezzovico, Sopravilla, Sorto), the most important of which was Capovico, the closest one to Lake Como. The municipal territory extends from 200 to 1,140 metres (660 to 3,740 ft) above sea level.

The etymology of the name of the city could be found in the Celtic Ligurian "Biuelius" (Latin "vivo – alive", Welsh "byw", old Irish "biu – I use to be" and Anglo-Saxon "beo – I am, I become", Indo-Germanic "bheou").

In 1497 the ruler of Milan Ludovico Sforza gave the fief of Blevio, together with some other near villages, to his lover Ludovica Crivelli. In the following centuries, Blevio became closely linked to Como and finally became a fief of the Edler von Tanzi patrician family, whose wealth was based on the silk industry. Count Antonio von Tanzi Blevio built a large villa on the rocks of Perlasca, now part of the neighbouring town of Torno. In 1798, the village became a possession of the Taverna and Borromeo families, two of the most affluent families of the Milanese aristocracy, before being created as a free town after the Napoleonic invasion of Italy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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