Lake Cuomo

by curiousmiscellany

Lake Cuomo (Lago di Como or Lario in Italian and Larius in Latin) is Italy’s third largest lake after Garda and Maggiore, yet one of the deepest lakes in Europe with a depth of about 410 meters/ 1320 feet and easily one of the most popular. Since Roman times it has been the summer stomping ground of the rich and famous; today of course George Clooney and his entourage have become a major attraction as well as (even if less so) Robert Pattinson from the Twilight series. Cuomo is characterized by it’s upside-down “Y” shape, dividing the lake into the Como side (left) and the Lecco side (right), with the towns of Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna situated at the intersection.  The Lake’s famous procession of grandiose villas hugs the western shore of the Como side. Villa d’Este in Cernobbio is perhaps one of the most famous getaways for multi-millionaires, meanwhile another of note, Villa Balbianello, served as the set for Star Wars (where Luke Skywalker falls in love with Princess Leia) and the remake of Casino Royale. Meanwhile the Lecco side is known for its mostly unspoiled nature.