Como is the third largest lake in Italy (length - 47 km, width - up to 4 km), one of the deepest in Europe (up to 410 m). It is located 40 km north of Milan at an altitude of 199 m in the setting of limestone and granite mountains up to 600 m from the south and 2400 m from the north. Consists of three branches with a length of 26 km. It feeds on the Adda River. Takes its name from the coastal city of Como.
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Ancient Roman authors refer to the lake as Lacus Lārius, and Polybius in the Greek version Λάριος. The name Lario is of Dolatin origin. Linguist Alfredo Trombetti argued that it comes from the Proto-Indo-European root * lar- meaning "recessed place." In the Middle Ages, the lake became known as lacus commacinus or comensis, later as Como.