Also known as Lario, it is the most spectacular of our lakes, with its clear, deep waters from which the Pre-Alps emerge.
Lake Como is narrow, elongated and extremely deep. Like other Italian lakes, it has been a popular holiday resort since the days of the Roman Empire.
he lake is known for its luxurious villas built since the time when Pliny the Younger had his estates, Comedia and Tragedia, built. Many, on the shores of the lake, have spacious Italian-style gardens, full of flowers. Thanks to the mild climate, induced by the stabilising presence of 22.5 km³ of lake water, it is also easy to see tropical plants, such as palms, banana trees and eucalyptus.
The lake is shaped like an overlapping Y and the city of Como is located at the bottom of the south-western branch
In 1818, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Thomas Love Peacock: 'This lake surpasses all I have ever seen in beauty, except the Arbutan Islands of Killarney: it is long and narrow, and has the appearance of a mighty river winding its way through mountains and forests'.