History of Lake Como, Italy

History of Lake Como, Italy
According to Como Guide, Lake Como is the third-largest lake in Italy, and the deepest lake in Europe at 1,312 feet. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy an array of activities in the lake region. From boating, fishing and water sports to hiking, biking and horseback riding, Lake Como is a prime tourist destination and has been throughout its history.


The whole region of Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy, was covered by a sheet of ice during the last Ice Age, approximately 10,000 years ago. It was because of the slow movement of the enormous glacier that Lake Como was carved in the mountains to resemble an upside-down Y shape.

Early Inhabitants

Historical artifacts around Lake Como show that the region had been inhabited at least since the Bronze Age by a Celtic tribe known as the Orobii.

Roman Territory

Around the 1st century B.C., Julius Caesar discovered Lake Como, gave it the name Lake Larius and brought 5,000 colonists, who formed the region's first foundations. Since then, holiday villas around Lake Como became popular.

Attacks and Rulers

Since the rise in Christianity, the Lake Como region had been the target for many Barbaric attacks. In 774, the Franks ruled the region, making it a center for commercial exchange. In the 12th century, Milan attacked the region and ruled it until 1162. Since then, the Lake Como region has been under French, Spanish and Austrian rule before it joined Italy in 1859.

20th Century History

In 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was shot and killed in the lake region while trying to escape to Switzerland after World War II. For two decades, people were terrified to visit Lake Como. After that, however, Lake Como gained back its status as a popular vacation spot for tranquility and adventure seekers around the world.


Article Written By Candi Lemon

Candi Lemon has a passion for reading and writing. She combines her love for traveling, food and the outdoors in her personal blog and for Demand Studios. Her articles appear on eHow and Trails. Lemon holds a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from the University of Michigan.

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