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Can You Swim In Lake Como? (Is It Actually Dirty?)

Can You Swim In Lake Como? (Is It Actually Dirty?)

Yes, you can actually swim in Lake Como. Some pebbled beaches of Lake Como are known to harbour the most swimmable waters to exist – but should you? As swimmable as the waters are, it is also considered by a handful minority to not be the most ‘ideal’ place to do so, for several reasons. One is simply the fact that it is a Lake – a body of water with deep areas. The other is the mass settlement of moss and dark areas within the lake which could be somewhat unappetizing.

However, if you do want to swim there, rest assured, these Italian waters do invite hundreds of tourists annually. As to whether it’s actually dirty, you’d have to read on to find out!

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Is Lake Como Safe to Swim In?

Is It safe to swim in? or is it not? Quite interestingly the answer to this question is both yes and no due to a wide variety of diverse opinions. It also has to be noted that only experienced public opinion provides some kind of conclusive insight about its safety.

The safety of Lake Como is closely tied to the earlier question of ‘Is Lake Como actually dirty?’ as the only safety concern it poses right about now is pollution.

Back in 2014, it was reported that pollution was often observed in the southern areas of the Lake, closer to the city of Como. In contrast, northern parts of the lake, bordering towns like Domaso and Gravedona are some of the cleanest areas to dip yourself in: due to the constant stream of fresh water from River Adda. Additionally Argegeno, Bellagio and Sorico are some of the safest places in Lake Como to soak yourself right in after a sunbath.

Surprisingly, fresher and newer reports about the safety of Lake Como suggest that nearly 99% of the public beaches are an absolutely ‘safe delight’ (No pollution) to indulge in. According to a data analysis of almost 18 beaches surrounding Lake Como, only the Spiaggia Rivabella Crotto at Lezzeno was closed due to pollution. The rest of the beaches were completely safe, other than a few trace amounts of bacterial evidence.

If you’re still second-guessing your bets on the safety of Lake Como, be rest assured! Even the water quality is checked every month from April to the end of the swimming season.

Does A Monster Reside In Lake Como?

Once knee-deep in the waters of Lake Como, if you happen to come across a peculiar, reptile-like creature please do say Hi on behalf of us (Or maybe run for your life?). Yes, the possibility of the existence of such a beast within the Lake cannot be denied.

This creature named the ‘Lariosauro’ is believed to be an evolutionary descendant of dinosaurs called the Lariosaurus. Several different sightings of this beast have been reported.

The first sighting was reported by two hunters who claimed they saw a creature with ‘harsh crimson scales’ that disappeared with a ‘hissing’  sound near the north shore of Lake Como. Shortly after, a father and son had spotted a creature with ‘webbed feet’ about the length of 80 centimetres swimming in the water. In 1957 a diver proclaimed that he’s seen a peculiar creature with the ‘head of a crocodile’ and ‘feet like a reptile’. The final sighting was in 2003 when a ‘massive eel-like’ creature was reported.

Conclusively it is yet to be revealed whether this urban legend is regarded as a reality or fantasy. Despite that, the fact that all these sightings took place at Lake Como symbolises its mysterious allure as a wondrous creation of nature: making it the subject of heightened public curiosity (We know you are curious too).

What Places Can You Visit in Lake Como?

Video footage of Lake Como

The beaches of Lake Como with their grandiose appeal draw hundreds of tourists for swimming, sightseeing, sunbathing and even idling in its natural glory.

Argegno Beach

Located deeper within, the Argegeno beach is one of the most traditionally beloved places to dive and swim. It is a grassy beach reflecting sunlight, submerged with pebbles of all kinds. You can even rent parasols or sunbeds and nestle yourself within the beautiful Lido di Argegno.

Bellagio Beach

Enriched by wilderness and cocooned within the province of Lecco, these blue shores are lined by a multitude of vibrant vegetations and plants. It is also free of artificial institutions (Buildings, etc) and commercials, hence providing the getaway experience of a completely natural vacation. The last thing you’d be missing is a cocktail to enjoy the sun-less shades of Lido di Bellagio.

Menaggio Beach

The picturesque view Menaggio offers as the most panoramic spot out of all the beaches seduces even wedding celebrations to take place in its vicinity. It has both sandy lowlands and rocky cliffs, ever ready for both comfort-seeking campers and a callous, rigorous experience for hardcore thrill-seekers.

Freckled with both bathing fronts and nightclubs, it could be the beach of your dreams. So the next time you plan your wedding, maybe consider Menaggio a possible location?

Cernobbio Beach

Although swimming in the glistening waters of Cernobbio is prohibited, fretting isn’t necessary as the beach in itself is not its primary attraction. It is the sheer vastness of iconic villas and noble houses scattered around the Cernobbio shoreline that signifies this as the most crucial resort.

One might even call this the most ‘Elitist beach’ due to the presence of prestigious Villas such as Villa d’Este or Villa Erba around Cernobbio. The beach also makes up for an all-inclusive combo of spa, massage, gourmet eatery facilities and much more.

Is Lake Como Toxic?

Despite what is said, proof of Lake Como’s toxicity had been uncovered in 2016. 

Evidence of DDT and PCBs (toxic chemicals) in sediment, aquatic resources and microorganisms and fish of Lake Como were enquired. The DDT contamination of fish was beyond the safe levels and glacial meltwater was identified as a renewed source of DDT taint.

This was however before a 2020 data analysis that guaranteed the safety of 99% of the beaches of Lake Como. Therefore our final verdict is that Lake Como could still be considered relatively safe for swimming.

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