Lake Como or Lago di Como, has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta.

It is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in Lombardy and the commune itself is often overshadowed by the majestic Lake Como that stretches from the northern edge of the city.

Lake Como in Lombardy

A luxuriant lakeshore vegetation includes vines and fig, pomegranate, olive, chestnut, and oleander trees. There is fishing for trout, eel, and agoni, a type of herring, but pollution has much reduced the fish population. The lake is famous for the natural beauty of its setting and for the handsome villas on its shores. Among the many noted lakeside resorts are Como, Lecco, Bellagio, Tremezzo, Menaggio, and Varenna. Several towns are connected by steamer services.

Around the territory you can find several fortifications; on western coast you can find Castello Baradello in Como and Castello di Rezzonico in San Siro; on the eastern coast of Lake Como you can find the Castello di Corenno Plinio and the Tower of Orezia in Dervio, close to Castello di Vezio above Varenna, then find in an ancient alley of Mandello del Lario the Tower of Barbarossa in Maggiana.

In the town of Lecco there is the Torre Viscontea, and in Calolziocorte you can find the Castello di Rossino, in Vercurago the Castello dell’Innominato and the Castello di Brivio on Adda river. Forte Fuentes and Forte Montecchio Nord protect the northern part of the territory.

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