Famous lake of Italy. Lake Como and lake Garda
Lake Como is one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Located in the province of Lombardy, at the southern slope of the Alps, near the Swiss border, Como is currently an elite resort. A few centuries ago during the times of the Romans, Etruscans and Celts Como was a pretty nightmarish place. Special decline of land around the lake Como reached in the period of the invasions of the Goths and Ostrogoths.
In the middle ages a great lake alternately belonged to France, Austria and Spain. This lasted until the mid-19th century until the lake came back into the possession of Italy. Today at the entrance to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore are the statues of Pliny the younger and his father. Prominent political figures of the Roman Empire, which are the oldest owners of Como . The Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore was built in the 14th century and is a combination of Gothic architecture and the architecture of the Renaissance.
Amazing doors of Santa Maria Maggiore. They are covered with intricate carvings, which is made by the masons of Como. In the 18th century the clergy of the Church said that under the doors of the Cathedral, a hidden treasure of gold and silver. Como immediately attacked the crowd of hunters. A few weeks went intensive search, but the treasure was never found.
To cross from one shore to another of lake Como on ferries, steamers, boats, rowing Ladakh, sailing ships. The Eastern shore of Como is dotted with numerous hotels, famous throughout the world. The Italians like to say that Como like the front foot of a giant walking to the West, and the city of Lecco his back foot. Between the legs of the giant hid a delightful Punta Spartivento cliff, on which stands the town of Bellagio.
Bellagio Mecca for celebrities. In it rested Stendhal, Franz Liszt wrote his “Dante Fantasy”, and also many Nobel laureates. Famous landmark of Bellagio is Villa Serbelloni, built in the 15th century. In 1930 it was bought by a representative of the American aristocracy Della tasso and after her death the Villa became a property of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Another attraction of lake Como is the Villa deste, located on the North of Como in the town of Cernobbio. Before the Villa was a luxurious hotel, and more recently is the Royal residence. Lombardy is famous for its silk production. Numerous businesses on the cultivation of silk were founded in 1945 on the initiative of Antonio Ratti. In the land of lakes grow numerous gardens, broken in brought from other parts of the soil.
Not far from lake Como . is equally famous lake Garda . famous for its Mediterranean flora. In the Garda area the lush vegetation of citrus and olive trees. And delicious Italian wines are made from the best grapes grown in those places. A holiday on lake Garda has always been the choice of wealthy Europeans.