Lake Como was known in former times as the Lario. At 410 metres it is the deepest of Italy’s three sub-Alpine lakes and one of Europe’s deepest.
Its huge mass of water affects the local climate which, in the central area and on the Bellagio promontory, is very similar to that of the Ligurian Riviera.
Laurel and olive trees grow here, the gardens are full of palms and tropical plants, and it comes as no surprise that the area abounds in nurseries.
Besides its natural beauty, Lake Como boasts an original and fascinating cultural heritage which can be divided into at least three main categories.
The first, most evident, one comprises the villas of Lake Como, which have no equal in the world in terms of architecture and landscape, and the treasures they contain.
Secondly, more concealed and refined, comes the area’s incredible concentration of Romanesque churches, bearing witness to an anything but dark Middle Ages.
The third, more evocative and intriguing, category comprises numerous military fortifications from various eras, each with its anecdotes and legends, bearing witness to an adventurous and turbulent past.
Three artistic heritages that make this area a very interesting and culturally stimulating one to visit.
In all seasons, the relatively small province of Como offers visitors rich treasures and unimaginable experiences, magnificent landscapes and concealed beauty spots, all waiting to be discovered one by one.