The Top Ten Lakes in Italy

Italy’s stunning lakes (Lagos) make a super alternative to the seaside when choosing your holiday; the lakes are picturesque and surrounded by scenic mountains with most of them situated in the gorgeous alpine regions in northern Italy. Here are the 10 best lakes to visit:

Lake Iseo

This is the little sister of Lake Garda and both are located in the province of Brescia. There are ferries running daily across the waters of this beautiful lake and it also has an island mountain, Monte Isola, which is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Lake Garda

This famous impressive lake is between the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino. Whatever you are wanting on your visit, Lake Garda has it all with a wonderful beaches and several cities spread out along its coastline. There are also fabulous hotels and, top-grade restaurants.

Lake Como

Lake Como is a very popular holiday destination with plenty to do including wonderful cultural events and various activities. A guided tour of the lake is probably one of the best ways to see all the tiny islands and wildlife.

Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is the second-largest in Italy and is divided by Switzerland and the Italian areas of Piedmont and Lombardy. It has picturesque islands, castles, museums and natural reserves.

Lake Ledro

Nestled in the mountainous region of Trentino, this is a smaller lake and the ideal destination for visitors wanting gorgeous highland scenery. Lake Ledro is fantastic for hiking and biking. There are four beaches around the lake including a dog-friendly beach!

Lake Bolsena

Lake Bolsena is the situated near the border with Tuscany and Umbria. It was created from the huge collapse of the crater from the volcano Vulsinio and has two islands, Bisentina and Martana. Lake Bolsena also boasts fabulous fish restaurants using the local fish in a variety of mouth-watering dishes.

Lake Orta

This beautiful picturesque lake used to be called the Lake of Saint Julius, after the patron saint - San Giulio. It is surrounded by lush green mountains with amazing views of the region. Lake Orta will strike any tourist as picturesque and quaint. The highlight of the lake is the magnificent medieval village of Orta San Giulio.

 Lake Lugano

Situated between Italy and Switzerland, with the Alps travelling down to the shoreline, the lake draws visitors by the thousands. It is very scenic and atmospheric. You can take a even take funicular ride up the mountain for more awe-inspiring views.

Lake Trasimeno

A fish festival attracts hundreds of tourists here in September who come to look at fresh fish being cooked in a large frying pan that cooks two tons of fish per hour. The lake itself is in a gorgeous setting with farmland, vineyards and olive groves surrounding the lake.

Lake Bracciano

This lake is extremely popular with water sports enthusiasts as it is a brilliant place to scuba dive, fish, canoe, and wind surf. The lake is surrounded by a park that also offers a selection of outdoor activities. Also, the charming village of Bracciano with its ancient castle is a fabulous place to stroll around and explore or just relax at anyone of the quaint restaurants!


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