Lugano, Lake

or Lago Ceresio

Lake in Switzerland and Italy, located between Maggiore and Como lakes.

Straddling the border of the two countries, it has an area of 19 sq mi (49 sq km) and a maximum depth of 945 ft (288 m). Between Melide and Bissone, the lake is so shallow that a stone dam across it carries the St. Gotthard railway. The resort town of Lugano, on its shores in Switzerland, is Italian in appearance.

Lake Lugano, near Lugano, Switz.

R.G. Everts
Rapho/Photo Researchers

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Italian  Lago Di Lugano , or  Lago Ceresio 
 lake between Lakes Maggiore and Como with an area of 19 square miles (49 square km), of which the middle 12 square miles (31 square km) are in Ticino canton (Switzerland) and the northeastern and southwestern ends in the Lombardy regione (Italy). It lies at 889 feet (271 m) above sea level, among the outer spurs of the Alps that divide the Ticino River basin from that of the Adda, and is irregular in shape, with a western arm almost cut off from the main lake. Lake Lugano's greatest length is about 22 miles (35 km), greatest width 2 miles (3 km), and maximum depth 945 feet (288 m). It is fed by numerous small mountain streams and is drained by the short Tresa River into Lake Maggiore. Between Melide, Switz., south of the town of Lugano, and Bissone on the eastern shore, the lake is so shallow that a great stone dam has been built across it to carry the St. Gotthard railway line and road.

      Except around the Bay of Lugano, the lake's wooded shores are more precipitous and desolate than those of the larger Italian Alpine lakes, and its northeastern arm is bounded by steep, rocky mountains. The chief town on the lake is Lugano, Switz.

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