Visiting Italy is an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime. From the spiritual home of Christianity to the fashion capital of the world, Italy has an eccentric dichotomy to it.
A melting point of art, history, and modernity, Italy continues to be one of the most visited places on the planet. In 2014, nearly 49 million tourists visited Italy and the numbers have only swelled since.
There are so many varied tourist attractions in Italy that covering them in a single blog post is a tall order. However, as this one is dedicated to lake travel, Italy sure doesn’t disappoint on this front too! With easy visa requirements to Italy ensuring you have a hassle-free trip, check out our guide to the perfect Italian lake holidays.
Lake Como gets its name from the Como province in Lombardy, Italy. Known for its celebrity residents (many famous celebrities have their mansions here!), the lake comes to life in summers.
Getting to Lake Como is easy, as it is just an hour’s drive away from Milan. Getting around at the lake is easy, with easy availability of boats and steamers. Most tourists head to the nearby towns of Bellagio, Como, Menaggio, and Varenna for sightseeing and affordable accommodation.
Lake Maggiore is one of the most popular lakes of Italy, and its popularity dates back to the 19th century. It remained a favourite tourist destination for the affluent families of Italy, and it has never gone out of vogue since then.
Located under Mount Rosa, Lake Maggiore is easily accessible from Milan and Piedmont. As Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and largest of the pre-Alpines, it is quite popular among travellers from around the globe.
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, and also the most varied. Stretching from north to the south, Lake Garda offers tourists varied terrains. A number of adventure activities are available to tourists including sailing, windsurfing, rappelling, and mountain biking. The lakeside towns serve as the perfect place for spending some quality time with family and friends. The best towns to stay around Lake Garda include Sirmione, Riva del Garda, Gardone Riviera, and Malcesine.
If you haven’t heard about Lake Orta till now, you are not alone! This is precisely the reason why we have this lake up on our list, as it is a hidden gem devoid of the chaos that sometimes engulfs other Italian lakes. Less number of tourists should not be equated with dearth of sightseeing and accommodation – the lake is as scenic and picturesque as it gets.
If you are looking for a peaceful retreat, you can stay in the beautiful town of Orta San Giulio. The cobbled streets and beautiful village houses will remain with you as a poignant memory for a long time.
Like Lake Orta, Lake Iseo is also frequented than other lakes in Italy, but the reason it is on our list is because of its sheer beauty and sightseeing activities. The hills adjoining the lake make for a memorable amateur hiking experience, but for serious hikers, the challenging trail of Punta Almana with the promise of majestic views of Monte Isola is there to be taken. Talking about food options, a visit to Lake Iseo is considered incomplete if you haven’t tasted tinca or tecnh fish in Clusane. We highly recommend giving the dish a try, as the fish directly comes from Lake Iseo.
These were some of the best places to visit in Italy as far as lake travel is concerned. There are many other top lakes in Italy that haven’t made to this list, as we have made a conscious effort to give you a mix of popular lakes and those that are less frequented. You can share your Italy lake travel experience with our readers.