The Italian Lake District is a fashionable holiday destination, and has been since Roman times. Northern Italy is home to several sparkling lakes, each one different in size and character. Whether you’d like to relax in a sleepy lakeside town or enjoy the hustle and bustle of a busy resort, there'll be something for you here.
Lake Como is the most dramatic of all the Italian Lakes and the scenery is truly stunning. If you can only visit one lake in the Italian Lake District, Lake Como should be it. You’ll find fine buildings perched right on the water’s edge against an enchanting backdrop of snow-capped mountains. This stunning lake, the deepest in Europe is shaped like a giant upside-down letter Y. At the point where the lake divides into three parts is the pretty resort of Bellagio – known as ‘the peal of the lake’. Lake Como is less than an hour from Milan, perfect for a day trip.
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Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake and is enveloped by rolling green hills dotted with vineyards, olive groves and citrus trees. The area has a rich history, evident in its villages with cobbled alleys and Romanesque arches. The lake is great for water sports and you can relax in a lakeside cafe while you watch the windsurfers and sail boats on the lake. Not far from the cities of Venice and Verona, you can easily travel there for a day trip. The stunning Dolomite Mountains are easily accessible from here as well.
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This glacial lake is situated on the border between Italy and Switzerland so you’ll find an interesting mix of Swiss and Italian culture and cuisine. The city of Lugano itself has a traffic-free centre with historic narrow street and some wonderful shopping arcades, art galleries and cafes. Hiking is a popular pursuit in this area as the mountains and hills around the lake offer stunning views for anyone with enough energy to walk to the top. From Lake Lugano you can take day trips to the nearby Italian lakes of Como and Maggiore as well as Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.
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People come to Lake Maggiore from all over the world to ski on the Swiss Alps, but non-skiiers will also find plenty to enjoy here. There’s a rather cosmopolitan atmosphere, with colourful cafes and shops combined with majestic architecture. You’ll find beautiful gardens filled with exotic flowers, charming castles and churches and pine tree scented trails to stroll along. For a day out you could take a boat trip to the Borromean Islands where you’ll find Isola Bella with its Baroque palace and beautiful gardens.
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