From Lake Garda to Lake Como, and with lots of lesser-known Italian lakes in between, the lakes of Italy are, quite simply, stunning!
The largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda is also one of the most famous. It’s an extremely popular destination for tourists, particularly in the summer, and one of the best lakes to visit if you’re looking for luxury. It also happens to be home to beautiful Scaligero Castle, as well as to the ruins of an ancient villa, called the Grotto of Catullus. Gardone on Lake Garda is internationally known as “The City of Gardens”. The gardens around the town are laced with palm and cypress trees.Shared by Switzerland and Italy, Lake Maggiore is Italy’s second-largest lake. It’s home to several islands, including Isola Bella, which is entirely occupied by the 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo.If you’re looking for a lovely lake in central Italy, Lake Trasimeno is probably your best bet. The largest lake on the Italian peninsula south of the River Po, Lake Trasimeno is tranquil, pretty, and right on the border of Umbria and Tuscany, just a half-hour’s drive from Cortona. It also happens to be pretty historic: In the Battle of Lake Trasimene of 217 B.C., Hannibal defeated the Romans with one of the biggest, most successful military ambushes in history.Italy’s third-largest lake, Lake Como is also the place to go for Italy’s VIPs, and has been since ancient Roman times. Opulent villas and their gardens, like the Villa Monastero above, line the lake, while modern-day celebrities who have had homes on Lake Como include Madonna, Gianni Versace, and George Clooney. You have a wide range of amazing wedding halls where is possible to celebrate your civil or religious ceremony, they are located in the spectacular small villages along the lake river like Bellagio, Varenna, Cernobbio and Lenno. Lesser-known and smaller than its famous neighbor, Lake Maggiore, Lago d’Orta long has been a destination for artists and writers. Here’s where Nietzsche met Lou Andreas Salome; other famous visitors include Balzac, Robert Browning, and Henry Bourdeaux. The picturesque town of Orta San Giulio is a maze of narrow cobbled streets, lined with pastel colored houses and opulent palaces. Two piazzas open onto the lake and offer a superb view of the island. You can spend as long as you like relaxing in one of the many pavement cafés here and soaking up the atmosphere.