Where is Lake Como?

May 20th 2013 by Nerys
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Lake Como is one of the most popular lakes in Italy:
Are you sure that you know where exactly it is?


Where is Lake Como?Where is Lake Como?

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Lake Como is the largest lake that's contained competely within the borders of Lombardia, which is one of the regions of north-western Italy. The region of Lombardia also contains Milan, which is the capital of the region. The lake covers 146 km2 and is 46 km long, making it the third-largest lake in Italy.




Where is Lake Como?Where is Lake Como?

Photo credits: Nerys Howell


Where is Lake Como?
Heading up from Milan the closest town on the lakeside is Como, which is nearly 50 km north of the city. It's easy to reach on public transport from Milan, the journey to Como takes around an hour on the train. Como is also the closest lakeside town to Malpensa airport, which is around 60km away from the lake.


The lake is contained in the provinces of Como and Lecco, which are also two of the biggest lakeside cities. Lake Como is also close to Switzerland, with the town of Como only around 6km from the border. The lake is also close to the towns of Bergamo, to the east of the lake, and Varese to the west, both which are also in Lombardy.




Where is Lake Como?Where is Lake Como?

Photo credits: Nerys Howell


Where is Lake Como?
The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y. The city of Como is on the south-western tip, Lecco is on the south-eastern end, and the town of Colico is at the northern tip of the lake. Como and Lecco are also the biggest cities on the lake, with Como being the largest of the two. The lake is in the prealpine part of Lombardy, between the alps and the Po Valley. The southern triangle of the lake, between Como, Lecco, and Bellagio is part of the Bergamo Prealps, a mountinous range which stretches from Lake Como to Lake Iseo, around 80km east.


There are also many other lakes close to Lake Como, Lake Maggiore on the Lombardy-Piemont border is around 70km to the east, and the south-eastern tip of Lake Lugano in Italian speaking Switzerland is only around 20km to the north-west. Lake Garda in the Veneto region is further away, around 160km east.


 


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