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10 Curiosities About Lake Como

Beyond the Surface: 10 Curiosities of Lake Como

Lake Como, a place of timeless beauty and natural wonders, holds many secrets beneath its serene surface. While this picturesque location is celebrated for its stunning landscapes and romantic ambiance, it's also a realm of intriguing mysteries and surprising curiosities.

In this article, we'll delve into the lesser-known aspects of Lake Como that add a touch of mystique to this already enchanting destination.

  1. Home to the Lariosaurus

A dinosaur, known as Lariosaurus, gracefully swimming in the vast oceanLake Como is not just about breathtaking scenery; it's also tied to prehistoric tales. In the depths of this picturesque lake lies a fascinating relic—the Lariosaurus. This extinct aquatic reptile swam in the waters of ancient Europe around 235 million years ago, leaving behind intriguing fossils. Discover more in our dedicated section: The Lariosaurus.

  1. Setting of the James Bond Film "Casino Royale"

Daniel Craig sitting in a wheelchair looking at Lake Como in Casino Royale movie sceneIn the 2006 film "Casino Royale," Lake Como plays a starring role as a glamorous and mysterious destination. The film has since cemented Lake Como's reputation as a star location for both filmmakers and travelers in search of the extraordinary.

  1. The Deepest Italian Lake

Sunbeams shining through dark underwater sceneLake Como holds another remarkable title – it's the deepest lake in Italy: reaches an impressive depth of approximately 410 meters (1,345 feet). This incredible depth not only adds to the mystique of the lake but also allows for some unique characteristics, including the presence of a deepwater fish called the northern pike.

  1. Fiumelatte or Milk River

a river gracefully flowing through an urban landscape, encapsulating the essence of a cityscape intertwined with natureIt's not a conventional river, as its name might suggest, but a small, intermittent stream located in the municipality of Varenna. The stream earned its name from the white foamy appearance of its waters, resembling milk.

  1. Birthplace of Alessandro Volta

Birthplace of Alessandro Volta: majestic building with columns and clockBorn in the town of Como in 1745, Alessandro Volta is best known for his groundbreaking work in the field of electricity and his invention of the first chemical battery, known as the "voltaic pile." This invention laid the foundation for modern batteries and was a crucial development in the understanding of electrical principles.

The local museum, Museo Tempio Voltiano, is dedicated to his life and work, offering a fascinating journey into the world of electricity and innovation.

  1. Famous Silk Industry

A single orange flower gracefully rests upon a pristine white fabric, exuding elegance and simplicityThe city of Como is renowned for its silk industry. Silk production has been a significant part of the region's heritage for centuries. Silk industry isn't just an economic endeavor; it's a cultural treasure that showcases the timeless artistry and craftsmanship of the region. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Silk Museum in Como. 

  1. Stunning Greenway

An individual casually strolling along enchanting Greenway of Lake Como overlooking a lake with mountain viewsDiscover the stunning Greenway of Lake Como, a picturesque trail that winds through charming villages and lush landscapes. To explore this enchanting path in more detail, don't forget to visit our dedicated Greenway guide, where you'll find all the information you need to plan your adventure.

  1. Scenic Funicular

A red and yellow train on a track, showcasing the Como–Brunate FunicularLake Como boasts two historic funicular railways that promise a journey filled with stunning panoramas. The Como–Brunate Funicular offer an unforgettable experience, presenting breathtaking views of the enchanting lake and the charming city. 

  1. The Fascinating Story of the Crotti

An inviting restaurant setting with well-arranged tables and chairs, creating a warm ambiance for dining.These natural rock caves serve as charming wine cellars where locals keep their prized wines at the perfect temperature.

Today, many of these charming Crotti have been transformed into restaurants and eateries where you can savor typical local products and dishes. These cozy and historic spaces offer a unique dining experience, allowing you to enjoy the flavors of Lake Como while immersing yourself in its rich cultural heritage.

One of the most renowned and celebrated Crotti in the region is the "Crotto del Sergente" (main picture).

  1. Forte Montecchio Nord

A concrete wall adorned with a substantial array of cannons with the lake and mountains view in the backgroudOften referred to as "Fort Montecchio," stands as one of the most impressive military fortifications in Europe and a testament to Lake Como's rich history. Constructed in the late 19th century and completed in 1914, this fort played a crucial role during World War I.

Its location on the northern shores of Lake Como offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. You can explore its fascinating network of tunnels, barracks, and artillery positions. 

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