Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 square kilometres, making it the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 metres deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres below sea-level.Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces.Many famous people have or have had homes on the shores of Lake Como, such as Matthew Bellamy, Madonna, George Clooney,Gianni Versace, Ronaldinho, Sylvester Stallone, Julian Lennon, Richard Branson, Ben Spies, and Pierina Legnani. Lake Como is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.The lake's name in Latin is Larius, Italianised as Lario, but this name is rarely used; it is usually called Lago di Como. In guidebooks the lake may be variously described as "Lake Como", "Lake of Como", or "Como Lake." Its name comes from the town of Como, known to the Romans as Comum.While the town of Como is referred to as "Como", the lake itself is never referred to solely by this name.