Guide to Lake Como

Guide to Lake Como
Located in the northern Italian province of Lombardy, Lake Como is one of Europe's biggest lakes and a popular resort destination. It is a great place to spend the day either touring ornate and antique villas, or enjoying the beautiful scenery with some strenuous outdoor activities.

Origins

Lake Como has been a popular getaway destination since the times of Pliny the Younger and the Roman Empire.

Villas

The lake's virtues as a resort destination were rediscovered in the 16th century, and many magnificent villas with lovely gardens from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are to be found in the towns and surrounding countryside.

Towns

The three main lakeside towns are Como, Menaggio and Tremezzo. Como is the largest and main resort center, Tremezzo the most elegant and picturesque, and Menaggio is where the budget hostels are to be found.

Climate

The local climate is mild through the year, with July highs around 85 degrees and January highs around 55 degrees. By mid-summer, the lake water has warmed to a refreshing 75 degrees.

Outdoor Activities

The lake supports activities like sailing and wind-surfing. On the slopes surrounding Lake Como there are opportunities for rock climbing and mountain biking.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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