Lake Como (or Lario), located about 50 kilometers from Milan between the provinces of Como and Lecco, is the third largest Italian lake, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, and the deepest of all (410 meters).
The lake, one of the most important in Lombardy, has a characteristic inverted "Y" shape and develops into three branches: Como to the southwest, Lecco to the southeast and Colico to the north. From both banks you can enjoy fascinating views: evocative villages, splendid villas and lush gardens await visitors seeking tranquility and culture while remaining in contact with nature. The lake has been the birthplace of illustrious figures such as the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the first electric energy generator, the battery, which is preserved in the Museum of Physics at the University "La Sapienza" in Rome.
Today it still houses characters of the jet set, who fall in love with the splendid scenery of the lake and the charm of its surroundings. Soon you will realize that the attractions of Lake Como are many, but if we had to summarize in five points what you can not miss, would be these:
1. Meet the most beautiful villages. Both on the banks of the lake and hidden in the mountains, in Lake Como are scattered a lot of villages of stone houses, huge palaces and humble blocks: Varenna, Nesso, Bellagio, Menaggio and Lenno.
2. If their villages are worth a visit, the two big cities are also worth a visit: Lecco and Como. With a strategic position on the lake, these are cities that have witnessed the emergence of this enclave as a prestigious destination and through whose streets have passed different people throughout history.
3. If there is one thing this lake is famous for, it is its luxurious villas. That competition to build the most exuberant dwelling offers us a good handful of places to visit
4. Go up to the village of Brunate with the Funicular from Como. You can ride the historic funicular dating from 1894 and go up and down to the village of Brunate, where you will have the best panoramic views over the lake and the Alps.
And finally, visit the only island in the lake: the island of Comacina. Off the coast of Ossuccio emerges this small island that was inhabited long before the Middle Ages until a curse fell on it. It remained in darkness for several centuries until it was reborn again in the 20th century.
This time of the beginning of autumn, is a good opportunity to see the wonderful contrast of colors that offers us this season of the year