The Italian Lakes

The Italian Lakes must see & do

  • 1Physical beauty and charming atmosphere
  • 2Outdoor activities, both on the water and in the hills
  • 3A mixture of quaint villages and winding cities to explore
  • 4Local produce and cuisine: pizza, risotto, fish, wine, coffee, pasties
  • 5Luxurious quality silks and well-crafted goods to take home

The Italian Lakes are known for their enduring and charming beauty. The glacial lakes that exist in Northern Italy, have been a popular destination since Roman times. The main lakes, Maggiore, Como and Garda, are surrounded by green hills, cobblestoned villages and ancient villas, elegant cities, gardens and exotic flowers. Ski or boat across the beautiful blue water, stay in grand hotels, taste delights, and savor unrelenting exquisite views.


The Borromean Islands, three small islands in Lake Maggiore, attract people from the world over, and it’s no wonder why; skiing in winter, windsurfing in summer, a perpetual playground never ends. After a day of horse riding or para-gliding, explore Isola Bella and Isola Madre, known for their baroque palaces and gardens which cover the whole of the island. Isola dei Pescatori is perfect for fishing; take a sailboat out on the glorious lake and snag a few local delights


We’ve saved the grandest for last, Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake. Surrounded by rolling green hills, gardens and vineyards, lemon trees and olive groves, the spa town of Sirmione is Garda’s most popular resort. Add some drama to your holiday on the thriving Lake Como; everywhere you go you will be welcomed to enjoy seasonal flowers, coffee, architectural wonders, local markets, museums and villas, and piazza cafes. This is the kind of place that regularly takes your breath away with its effortless beauty and quiet elegance.

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