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The majesty of the Italian Lakes

29th April, 2021

The haunt of Hollywood A-listers and the muse for poets and writers throughout the centuries, the Italian Lakes beg to be top of your must-see, can’t-be-missed wish list.

Fishing boats and sleek yachts bobbing in tiny harbours, manicured waterfront lawns of grand villas and opulent hotels, lemon and olive trees contrasting against blue skies, verdant mountains, pleasant promenades, soaring church spires and tiled red roofs… the Italian Lakes are achingly beautiful. Here’s a brief guide to just some of the lakes you can experience.

Lake Como

Lake Como, Italy

Romantic Lake Como, with its back-drop of pine-cloaked mountains, is simply stunning. This is the poster-child for the lakes, and its perfect elegance has attracted the likes of Madonna, George Clooney and Richard Branson. Along its shores you’ll find charming picture-postcard stone villages, chic Neo-classical villas and smart hotels with art-nouveau ironwork.

Lake Maggiore

Borromeean Islands, Lake Maggiore, Italy

More relaxed with a laid-back atmosphere, Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and was once the popular haunt of European nobility. It is becoming increasingly known for its foodie credentials with authentic low-key restaurants and informal cafés making a name for themselves in the culinary world.

Take a boat to the Borromean Islands, a group of three islands and two islets and discover Isola Bella with its summer palace, and Isola Madre noted for its lovely gardens.

One can’t describe the beauty of the Italian lakes, nor would one try if one could.

Writer, Henry James on Lake Maggiore.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda, Italy

Italy’s largest lake is Lake Garda, and its sheer size makes it incredibly diverse with rolling hills in the south, steep cliffs in the north, pretty islands, pebbled beaches, 15 towns and a host of charming small villages. With 90 miles of coastline it is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts as there are plenty of opportunities for long walks, mountain biking, windsurfing and canyoning.

Lesser-known Italian Lakes

Lake Molveno, Italy

Away from the main lakes of Como, Garda and Maggiore you’ll find some of the lesser-known, lesser-visited lakes.

To the north of Lake Garda lies Lake Molveno which is surrounded by part of the splendid scenery of Adamello-Brenta Nature Park. This is the lake to choose if you want to go hiking and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and spectacular natural views.

Lake Orta is off the usual tourist route and is enveloped in thick woodland. Its medieval villages, San Giulio Island and fantastic restaurants and cafes are sure to enchant you.

And then we have beautiful Lake Levico, renowned for its clear emerald waters which resemble a Norwegian Fjord. Fresh air and relaxation, birdwatching and long walks, surfing, sailing and swimming – an ideal destination for a relaxing holiday – Il dolce far niente.

Visit the Italian Lakes

If you want beauty, elegance, amazing food and wine, plenty to do and lots to see… choose from our Italy holidays and discover these jaw-droppingly beautiful Italian Lakes.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.