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The civilized history of Lake Como dates back nearly 2000 years when it was first discovered by the Greeks.
Back in the Greek days, it was not known as Lake Como, but instead Lake Larius as named by Julius Caesar around the first century A.D. The area was a favorite resort of the Greeks, and its first city (located at present day Como) was named Novum Comum.
Throughout history, artists, writers and actors have come to the lake for inspiration, and much great work has been completed there. In semi recent history (early 1800’s), Composer Franz Liszt completed his work called Dante Fantasia here, and Belini wrote his famous opera Norma.
During the 8th century, the lake area was overtaken by the Franks.
During the 12th century, Como battled numerous times with near by Milan.
Austrians also controlled Como for a few decades in the 1700’s and 1800’s, but in 1859, it became part of the Kingdom of Italy.
After World War II, Mussolini and his mistress were both shot in the near by town of Mezzegra, which for a while stopped Italians from visiting Como
Today, Como is again a favorite resort of many artists, actors, and visitors from all over the world. Although industrialization has touched the community, the factories have been built on the outskirts of town, leaving the city a beautiful place to visit.