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History

Lake Como or Lago di Como in Italian, lies in the northern region of Italy known as Lombardy (Lombardia) bordering on Switzerland and is approximately 40km from Milan (the capital of Lombardy region). Due to the location of the lake, it was used as a main trade route in Roman times between central Europe and Rome. This played a major role in its history, ensuring prosperity but unfortunately it also lured a succession of foreign invaders. Over the years, Lake Como has become more and more popular with both tourists and celebrities alike as it is in a fantastic location and is ideal if you are looking for for a romantic getaway. You will never tire of taking photographs as the scenery is outstanding; with its magnificent mountains and valleys and of course the many quaint villages with grand lakeside villas. For sports enthusiasts there are many things to do; walking or hiking and of course a multitude of watersports to choose from with many schools towards the northern part of the lake (Dongo, Domaso, Colico)where you can book lessons for sailing, windsurfing, diving, wake-boarding etc.

Lake Como History

Lombardy was first inhabited by Celtic peoples from the 5th century BC, conquered by Rome after the Second Punic War and became part of Cisalpine Gaul. It became the centre of the kingdom of the Lombards in the 6th century ...

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Lake Formation

The remarkable landscape was formed at the end of the last Ice Age when the Alpine glaciers retreated, leaving deep lake-filled valleys. For over ten thousand years people have been leaving their mark here, from prehistoric rock carvings at Val ...

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Terrain

Lake Como is in the southern sector surrounded by limestone hills, such as the Grigne range whilst the northern part of the lake is dominated by the schist and gneis-mountains; Mount Legnone (2609m). You can see the deeply eroded valleys carved out ...

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