If you are planning you summer holidays in Italy, you can’t miss the beauty of the Italian lakes. Enchanting towns and villages which overlook the water, the mountains behind, the trees, and the flowers create romantic and unforgettable sceneries. Read about the must see places and learn how to pronounce them
Italian lakes: Lago di Como
Lago di Como is considered the most beautiful lake in Italy. No wonder George Clooney owns a beautiful villa in Laglio (listen to the pronunciation: it’s kind of hard), a small village on the lake coast. Visiting the lake, you should go to Isola Comacina, a small island which looks like a floating enchanted wood.
Italian lakes: Lago di Garda
Lago di Garda is the biggest lake in Italy, it is also called Benaco. The lake is a very popular holiday destination both for Italians and foreigners. The lake has five islands and the one you might want to see is Isola Borghese (called also Isola di Garda), the biggest one, with the magnificent Venetian neogothic Villa Borghese Cavazza.
Italian lakes: Lago Maggiore
Lago Maggiore, also called Verbano, is the second largest lake in Italy. The lake is located in Northern Italy and it stretches to Switzerland. Plenty of magnificent towns and villages to visit, Lago Maggiore has also six islands called Isole Borromee: Castelli di Cannero, Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, Isolino di San Giovanni
Italian lakes: Lago d'Iseo
Lago d'Iseo is probably the least known lake in the Northern lake district, but it has recently reached a great popularity thanks to the Bulgarian artist Christo who installed The Floating Piers, a series of orange walkways. Millions of visitors have walked on its waters in June 2016. In the lake you can visit Montisola, the biggest island in an Italian lake. Close to Montisola, you can find Isola di Loreto, a far smaller island with a wonderful castle.
Italian lakes: Lago d'Orta
Once called lake San Giulio, Lago d'Orta is in the region of Piemonte, in Northern Italy. A must see is the small island Isola di San Giulio, which looks like an enchanted painting, as you can see in the picture above.
Italian lakes: Lago di Pusiano
Lago di Pusiano is a small jewel in Lombardia, in Northern Italy. The small lake has an island which is considered one of the most beautiful islands to see: Isola dei Cipressi
Italian lakes: Lago di Bolsena
Lago di Bolsena is a crater lake of vulcanic origin. The lake is surrounded by trees and hills. It is in the province of Viterbo, in the region of Lazio, in Central Italy. It has few islands: the biggest is Isola Bisentina, a jewel of gardens, trees, and monuments.
Italian lakes: Lago di Bracciano
Once called lake Sabatino, this vulcanic lake is in the region of Lazio, in Central Italy. The lake, so close to Roma, is a very popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Its castle has been the location of very high profile weddings: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes celebrated their wedding in 2011.
Italian lakes: Lago Trasimeno
Lago Trasimeno is the largest lake in Central Italy. It is in the province of Perugia, in the Umbria region. The lake has three islands: Isola Maggiore is the only one with inhabitants: 18 residents.