Lake Como – Lago di Como
Lake Como is located in the Lombardy region of northern Italy in the Southern Alps. In Italy it is called Lago di Como, but many will just refer to it as Lario, a reference to its Roman-Latin name Larius Lacus. 51 kilometres in length and 4.2 kilometres wide, Lake Como has an area of 146 square kilometres (56 square miles), 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’s weather is generally mild and the area is known for its Mediterranean climate where sub-tropical plants can grow all the year round. Average daily temperatures range from about 2 °C (36 °F) in January to 30 °C (86 °F) in July and in winter the lake helps to maintain a higher temperature in the surrounding region. Water temperatures can reach an average of 24 °C (75 °F) during the month of July. Snowfall is erratic and primarily affects the higher elevations.