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Our next holiday in 2019 we will travel to Lake Como
Lake Como (Lago di Como [ˈlaːɡo di ˈkɔːmo], locally [ˈkoːmo] in Italian, also known as Lario [ˈlaːrjo], after the Latin name of the lake; Lombard: Lagh de Còmm [ˈlɑː‿dːe ˈkɔm],[a] Cómm [ˈkom] or Cùmm [ˈkum]; Latin: Larius Lacus) is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 square kilometres (56 sq mi), making it the third-largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 metres (1,300 feet) deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres (660 ft) below sea level.
Lake 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. Many famous people have had and have homes on the shores of Lake Como.
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Climate – Como
Average weather, temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours
In Como, located at 200 meters (650 feet) above sea level in northern Italy, there is a humid temperate climate. Winters are with quite cold and damp. Summers are warm to hot, and they are characterized by a good amount of sunshine, but also by quite frequent thunderstorms. Because of the influence of the lake, the climate of Como is a bit milder and rainier than in the Po Valley. The same applies for the other towns along the shores of the lake such as Cernobbio and Bellagio.
In the cold half of the year, the wind is generally weak or absent, except when the föhn blows, a warm and dry wind that comes down from the Alps and is able to bring clear skies and very good visibility. During the warm half of the year, in the area of Lake Como, the wind is weak or moderate and follows the breeze regime (which is more intense in late spring than in midsummer): during the warmest hours, the breeze blows from the plains towards the mountains (the “Breva”, generally from the south), while after sunset and at night the breeze blows from the mountains to the plains (the “Tivano”, generally from the north).
The monthly average temperature ranges from 4 °C (39 °F) in January to 23.5 °C (74.5 °F) in July. Here are the average temperatures.
The rains are rather abundant, and amount to 1,300 millimeters (51 inches) per year, in fact Como is one of the rainiest cities in Italy. Winter is the relatively driest season. In spring and autumn, Atlantic depressions pass more frequently over the area, so the rains are abundant because in these cases the southern currents condense when they are forced to climb the Alpine foothills, while in late spring and summer, thunderstorms in the afternoon or in the evening are quite frequent (and sometimes intense). During the most intense waves of bad weather, which occur in autumn (but sometimes also in spring), the lake’s water may overflow, flooding the lower areas of the city.
Here is the average precipitation.
Winter, from December to February, is pretty cold, but it’s less cold than in the Po valley because of the warming influence of the lake. Fog is less frequent as well.
There is a moderate amount of rainy days, although winter is the relatively driest season. Snowgenerally falls at least once every year, and sometimes can be abundant, but tends to melt soon enough. We can not exclude very cold periods, with night frosts, and temperatures around 0 °C (32 °F) or below even during the day.
Summer, from June to August, is hot, and often sunny in the morning. The heat is less intense than in the Po Valley, in addition there’s a little more wind because of the lake breeze. Sometimes an Atlantic front, able to bring some cool and rainy days, can affect this area; more often, thunderstorms can break out in the afternoon and evening. We can not exclude some particularly hot days, with highs around 35 °C (95 °F).
During summer, the temperature of Lake Como reaches 17/19 °C (63/66 °F), except in periods of intense heat, when it can become warmer; in addition, it varies depending on the proximity of the rivers and streams that feed it; it is typically slightly higher in the western branch than in the eastern one (Lake Lecco) because in the latter the waters flow more quickly (since there is an emissary, the Adda River, from which the waters flow out).
The amount of sunshine in Como is quite scarce in winter, when the sun is seen quite rarely. In the other seasons, the sun does not shine so frequently, at least compared to other parts of Italy, in fact, Atlantic disturbances pass quite frequently over the area in spring and autumn, while in summer, in periods of good weather, cloudiness in the afternoon can form, which can lead to thunderstorms. In July, the sunniest month, there are only 7.5 hours of sunshine per day on average (compared for example to 9 hours in Milan and 9.5 in Bologna).
In the mountainous areas around the lake, the climate gets colder with altitude, as you can see from the average temperatures of Mount Bisbino, at 1,300 meters (4,250 feet) above sea level. In winter, heavy snowfalls can occur, while in summer there is frequent cloudiness in the afternoon, which often leads to thunderstorms.
The best times to visit Como are spring and early summer, in particular from mid-April to mid-June. September is also a good month. However, you have to take into account some rainy days in both periods.
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Lake Como, also known as Lario, is the third largest of the Italian lakes and, with a maximum depth of approximately 410 meters (448 yards), is also one of the deepest lakes in Europe.
Its characteristic shape, reminiscent of an inverted Y, results from the melting of glaciers combined with the erosive action of the ancient Adda river. This led to the formation of the two southern branches, in the midst of which there is the world popular Bellagio.
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Como is a commune in the northern region of Italy with a current population of 84,000. Como 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.
Como is the city which gives the name to the entire lake, of which it occupies the extreme south-west edge. It is actually its most important centre for art, transport and economy.
Como has been populated since the Bronze Age by Celtic tribes and during the first century BC it became part of the Roman Empire. Due to its location at the edge of the immense Lake Como, the city has always played an important role in Lombardy and was a centre of commerce and trade during the Middle Ages. During this time of development a defensive network was constructed including a series of watch towers – you can still see one of the towers today (The Baradello). After French and Austrian conquests, Como was eventually incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy in 1859.
Today Como is a world renowned tourist destination and thousands of people flock here to explore the impressive Lake Como and the surrounding natural landscape. The city itself has a multitude of historical buildings, fine restaurants and important museums. Furthermore, surrounding the lake, there is a plethora of beautiful towns and villages such as Cernobbio, Menaggio and Bellagio.
Your trip to Lake Como is incomplete without a visit to its Pearl: Bellagio.
Bellagio is located halfway between the two southernmost branches of the lake, and is famous worldwide for its beautiful villas overlooking the water (like Villa Serbelloni or Villa Melzi).
Consider taking a boat trip to Bellagio, walking along the promenades and admiring this picture-perfect place.
Menaggio is another beautiful town on Lake Como and is situated on the western shore just above Bellagio.
Menaggio is stretched across a small headland where the lake Como reveals itself in all its majesty. Its supply of receptive and sporting facilities is excellent, and the small harbour, often crowded multi-coloured boats is charming. During the ten year war, Menaggio fought against Como, underwent pillages and destructions in the 1400-1500s, after which the walls defending the village were knocked down.
As with the other towns on the shores of Lake Como, Menaggio offers some amazing views and the ferry port in particular has a wide open square that is a perfect place to take some photos of the water and the mountains.
Varenna is a picturesque and traditional village, located on the eastern shore of Lake Como.
Varenna is an essential stop for anyone wishing to visit one of the most typical and quite towns of the lake. A must if you are in Milan (from where you arrive after an hour train ride) or in Bellagio, which is just 15 minutes away by ferry.
Piazza San Giorgio, the town center of Varenna, is home to the Church of San Giorgio.
The church was built in the 14th century in a style somewhere between Romanesque and Gothic, and hosts many paintings from the late 15th and 16th century. Look down and you will see the solid pavement, entirely made of local marble.
A visit to Villa Monastero is definitely one of the best things that you can do in Varenna. The villa was once an old monastery, that later became a patrician residence.
Besides being an international conference center, Villa Monastero attracts tourists from everywhere because of its beautiful botanical garden that collects many rare plant species.
The town and resort of Lecco is in a lovely location at the southern tip of Lake Como, one of the popular Lombardy lakes. The highlight is the waterfront area, with its views along the lake and between the mountains, and the surrounding old town of Lecco.
The main focus of your visit will be to take a promenade around the waterfront area – the view along this southern fork of Lake Como (actually it is called the Lago di Lecco here) is very lovely and you will want to allow time to stroll around enjoying the views before heading into the town itself.
Although the medieval centre of Lecco is quite small and not perhaps as charming as some medieval towns you will come across in Italy it is worthwhile to stroll around this part of the town in the streets around Piazza Roma.
Elsewhere in the town there are various historic monuments such as the Visconti Bridge, usually referred to as the Old Bridge. Dating from the 14th century this is among the oldest monuments in Lecco. You will also see the 96 metre high octagonal bell tower that is often used as the symbol of the town. The tower was completed in 1904 on the site of a medieval tower.
Gravedona is among the greatest artistic centres of Lake Como. Of pre-Roman origin, Gravedona was a prosperous town in the Middle Ages, allied with Milan during the ten year war. In the 1500s it was the capital of Lake Como’s Tre Pievi Superiori, then was passed as a stronghold to Tolomeo Gallio, it always managed to keep a certain autonomy even under the lordships of the Visconti and the Sforza. A peculiar pride of Gravedona was the art of goldsmith merit above all of the Sergregori family. In the past, the town’s economy was based on fishing, agriculture and cattle breeding. Today Garavedona is an important commercial and a summer vacation centre. Among the buildings stands out that which once belonged to the Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, called the palace of the four towers, a strong architecture and elegant ensemble designed by Pellegrini in the late 1500s.
Among the Gravedona mountains a panoramic road climbs to Livio, at 665 metres, passing through Peglio, with a Parish House adorned by distinguished works of art among which are Flemish paintings and those of the Guercino school. From Peglio you can proceed toward Livio from where a path for Rifugio Como (Como Shelter) at 1790 metres begins, on the banks of the Darengo lake. The most famous monument of Gravedona is the church of Saint Maria of Tiglio (Saint Mary of the Lime Tree), originally a baptistery (5th century) transformed into a Romanesque church between 1150 and 1175, covered with white and grey marbles, and partially Nordic architectonic characteristics. We commemorate the church of Saint Vincenzo built around 1050 on a previous 5th century chapel, it was reconstructed between the 17th and 18th century. It conserves of the ancient structure, the crypt and two 6th century inscriptions.
Domaso stands at the mouth of the Livio torrent, in the high area of Western Lario. The town is made up of an ancient village on the shores of the lake, and two smaller villages: Pozzuolo and Gaggio.
Domaso lies on the west side of the northern lake. It was a fishing village, now transformed into an agreable dynamic tourist area.
It is composed by narrow and steep lanes. Domaso is one of the most famous and hospitable villages of the Alto Lario.
It is the surfers’ paradise, thanks to the lake’s breezes called “Breva”.
These breezes are always constant and this is the ideal condition for surfers and for aquatic sports’ lovers. Domaso offers modern sporting equipments,too. Beautiful mountains, where you can go trekking and run by mountain-byke, encircle the village.
It is a wholesome, peaceful and restful place, where you can enjoy beautiful landscapes;secular woods and alpine lakes.
The weather is mild in winter and even milder in summer, so there is a blooming vegetation.
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Extend your Lake Como travel with a visit of Milan
Milan (/mɪˈlæn/, also US: /mɪˈlɑːn/, Milanese: [miˈlãː]; Italian: Milano [miˈlaːno] (listen)) is a city in northern Italy, capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome, with the city proper having a population of 1,372,810 while its metropolitan area has a population of 3,244,365. Its continuously built-up urban area (that stretches beyond the boundaries of the Metropolitan City of Milan) has a population estimated to be about 5,270,000 over 1,891 square kilometres (730 square miles). The wider Milan metropolitan area, known as Greater Milan, is a polycentric metropolitan region that extends over central Lombardy and eastern Piedmont and which counts an estimated total population of 7.5 million, making it by far the largest metropolitan area in Italy and the 54th largest in the world. Milan served as capital of the Western Roman Empire from 286 to 402 and the Duchy of Milan during the medieval period and early modern age.
Milan is considered a leading alpha global city, with strengths in the field of the art, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, services, research and tourism. Its business district hosts Italy’s stock exchange and the headquarters of national and international banks and companies. In terms of GDP, it has the third-largest economy among European cities after Paris and London, but the fastest in growth among the three, and is the wealthiest among European non-capital cities. Milan is considered part of the Blue Banana and one of the “Four Motors for Europe“.
The city has been recognized as the world’s fashion and the design capital thanks to several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, which are currently among the world’s biggest in terms of revenue, visitors and growth. It hosted the Universal Exposition in 1906 and 2015. The city hosts numerous cultural institutions, academies and universities, with 11% of the national total enrolled students. Milan is the destination of 8 million overseas visitors every year, attracted by its museums and art galleries that boast some of the most important collections in the world, including major works by Leonardo da Vinci. The city is served by a large number of luxury hotels and is the fifth-most starred in the world by Michelin Guide. The city is home to two of Europe’s most successful football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale, and one of Italy’s main basketball teams, Olimpia Milano.
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In Milan, the monthly average temperature ranges from 1 °C (34 °F) in January to 23 °C (73 °F) in July. Here are the average temperatures.
In a typical year, 945 millimeters (37 inches) of rain fall, distributed fairly evenly; however, winter is the relatively driest season with about 60/65 mm (2.4/2.6 in) per month, while the rainiest seasons are spring and autumn. In summer, from June to August, some Atlantic fronts may still pass, bringing a few rainy days, or more often, thunderstorms can develop in the afternoon or in the evening. Here is the average precipitation.
Sunshine is scarce from November to January because of fog and low clouds, while it is good in summer. Here are the average daily sunshine hours.
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George Clooney´s Villa L OLEANDRA in Lagio
Villa Oleandra in Laglio: the summer home of George Clooney on Como Lake
The eighteenth-century Villa Oleandra in Laglio is the very well-known summer residence of George Clooney, who since 2002 has chosen this quiet village located on the western shore of Como Lake to spend his vacations, sometimes in the company of other Hollywood celebrities. Obviously, the presence of Clooney brought a little of hustle in Laglio, that suddenly has became a destination for an army of paparazzi, fans and the merely meddlers to the point that the City Council has approved an ad hoc regulation to protect the privacy of the actor. According to this regulation, it’s forbidden the transit in the immediate vicinity of the entrance of the villa (also by the lake). The order clearly does not apply to residents of Laglio.
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