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Casinó di Campione, Como, Italy

Although it is the birthplace of organized gambling as we know it today, Europe doesn’t compare to the United States when it comes to casino resorts. Most casinos that are still functional here are either traditional venues that have had the same function for ages – or are more recent and repurposed as such. Unlike in the US, casinos here are associated with hotels, not the other way around, which most of the times makes them far smaller than their American counterparts. Gambling is widely available in Europe, both in real life and online at and its likes, which makes massive casino resorts like the ones in Las Vegas unnecessary. Yet there’s still need for quality real-life gambling, so the 7 Sultans and its likes will probably never push real life casinos out of business.

As I said, the majority of active casinos in Europe are smaller and traditional – but not Casino di Campione, in Como, Italy.

Campione d’Italia is a settlement in Italy’s Como province in the Lombardy region. By air, it’s just half a mile away from the rest of the country, but the surrounding mountainous terrain makes it harder to reach by land – the nearest Italian town, Lanzo d’Intelvi, is a 14 kilometer (9 miles) drive. Campione has a special status, given its geographical position – it is surrounded by the Swiss canton of Ticino – it has a Swiss dialing code and the Swiss franc as its official currency (although Euros are also widely accepted). And it is home to the largest casino in Europe, the Casinó di Campione.

Casinó di Campione is a nine-story building (with three further sub-levels of parking) located on the banks of the Lake Lugano, and it’s illuminated brightly by night, making it a beautiful sight in itself.


Casinó di Campione was founded in 1917 with a secret purpose: to attract foreign diplomats and extract sensitive information from them during the First World War. The premises occupied by the casino were much smaller back then. In 2007, the casino moved into new premises designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, built alongside the old building that was later demolished. It is owned by the Italian government and operated by the municipality of Campione.

Size and services

With 590,000 square feet of floor space, Casinó di Campione is the largest casino in Europe. Its gaming offer is also extensive – it has 56 classic casino table games, including roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and punto banco, for its patrons to enjoy, along with 500 slot machines to choose from. Aside from its gaming services, Casinó di Campione also has an event hall, a high-profile restaurant, and a snack bar.

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