From its podium at the foot of Lake Como, the small city of Como orchestrates the comings and goings around the lake as it has since first-century Romans made it their summer resort of choice. Long and narrow, Como cuts a deep gash into the mountains that rise steeply on either side. Even in winter, Lake Como is mild-tempered, its shores clothed in green and its afternoons often warm enough to enjoy from a table in one of its terrace cafés. Boats carrying locals and travellers to the idyllic steep-set shore towns begin here, all of them close enough for a day's excursion. The town itself does have its own attractions, most notably the cathedral, architecturally important due to its combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles.