Lake Como

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The deepest lake in the Alps

The ancient Romans called it Lacus Larius. It has been a popular vacation spot for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times and remains so to this day. There are many villas and palaces on the lake shore, such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta. Many famous people had and have houses on the shores of Lake Como. The Huffington Post called it the most beautiful lake in the world due to its microclimate and surroundings with prestigious villas and villages.

Lake Como
Lake Como (Largo di Como) is a glacial lake in Lombardy, Italy.

Lombardy is one of the twenty administrative regions in Italy, located in the north of the country, between Switzerland in the north and the rivers: Po in the south, Ticino in the west, and Mincio in the east.

Its name comes from the Germanic tribe of the Lombards, who conquered northern Italy in the 6th century. The capital of Lombardy is Milan, and the most important cities in this region are Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Pavia, and Varese.

The southern part of Lombardy is occupied by the Po Plain, and the northern part by the Alps. In the foothills of the Alps, there are glacial lakes, the largest are Maggiore, Como, Garda, Iseo, and Lugano. Lombardy is the richest and most economically developed region of Italy.

Its area is 146 square kilometers.

It is the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda (370 square kilometers) - the largest and cleanest lake in Italy, and Lake Maggiore (212 square kilometers).

It is also the deepest lake in the Alps (maximum depth 425 m) the fifth in terms of maximum depth in Europe, and the third in terms of average depth, after two Norwegian lakes: Hornindalsvatnet (514 m) and Tinnsja (464 m).

Lake Como forms a cryptodepression.

The bottom of the lake is over 200 m below sea level.

One of its characteristic features is its shape of an inverted "Y" or the Greek letter "λ".

The triangle formed by two diagonal branches of the lake is called in Italian Triangolo lariano" - "triangolo" - triangle, "lariano" - related to Larius, which is the Latin name of Lake Como.

It consists of a peninsula that ends at the village of Bellagio, but can be considered an island because the third side of the triangle (not occupied by Lake Como) is dotted with seven smaller lakes.

In the center of Triangolo Lariano is the tourist town of Canzo.

Canzo is the main town of the Comunità montana del Triangolo lariano ("Mountain Community of Triangolo lariano"), a territorial institution that brings together the 31 communes of the peninsula, approximately 71.000 inhabitants.

Triangolo lariano is also the name of the Special Protection Area (593 ha), protected by European law.

It protects 84 valuable species of birds (including the honey buzzard, peregrine falcon, rock partridge, eagle owl, nightjar, pipit, shrewd shrew, and warbler) and habitats, including dry grasslands and thickets on limestone substrates, where orchids bloom abundantly.

A special habitat of the reserve is rock springs with travertine formations. This is an especially popular tourist area.

The Latin name of the lake is Larius.

The Italianized form is Lario, but this name is rarely used, the name Lago di Como - Lake Como - is usually used. The lake's name comes from the city of Como, known to the Romans as Comum.

The city of Como is located at the southern tip of the southwestern arm of Lake Como, 40 km from Milan.

The proximity of Lake Como and the Alps, numerous architectural monuments, museums, parks, and gardens have made this city a tourist destination that is among the most frequently visited cities in Lombardy, after Milan, Bergamo, and Brescia.

Lake Como is fed mainly by the Adda River, which enters the lake near the town of Colico and leaves in Lecco.

There is only one island in the lake - Isola Comacina - which was inhabited in ancient times, but the existing settlements there were destroyed in the 12th century.

The lake is divided into three parts: Ramo di Como, Lago di Lecco, and Ramo di Colico.

Due to the mild climate, the vegetation around the lake is very diverse and lush.

In the upper part of the lake, a thermal wind - breva - almost always blows.

Lake Como is popular for its scenery, wildlife and spas.

It is a place for sailing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. Several farms around the lake produce honey, olive oil, cheese, milk, eggs, and salami.

In 2018, the Italian luxury brand Dolce and Gabbana organized a fashion show on Lake Como.

The lake is also known for its attractive villas that have been built there since Roman times, when Pliny the Younger built the Comedy and Tragedy resorts.

Villa Carlotta was built for the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici in 1690 and covers an area of over 7 hectares. At the same time, an Italian garden (with stairs, fountains, and sculptures) was established. The villa was later sold to the Napoleonic banker and politician, Giovanni Battista Sommariva. In 1818, it hosted Stendhal, who remembers this visit in the "Parma Hermitage".

Villa d'Este in Cernobbio was built in 1568. Caroline of Brunswick, wife of King George IV, lived there in 1816-1817.

Many famous people have houses on the shores of Lake Como, e.g. Matthew Bellamy, John Kerry, Madonna, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gianni Versace, Ronaldinho, Sylvester Stallone, Julian Lennon, Richard Branson, Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, and others.

On the western shore of Como is the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, one of the nine sacred mountains in northern Italy.

The Tan complex was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2003.

The lake is often used as a film background.

Scenes were shot here, including: for films: Casino Royale or Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer spent a lot of time in his lakeside villa.

Here he wrote down a large part of his memories.

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