The 15 Most Beautiful Lakes in Italy
Beautiful lakes, amazing with their picturesque scenery and crystal clear calm waters, sometimes reminiscent of surrealistic paintings of famous contemporary artists with a bewitching and magical atmosphere. Portal “Italy in Russian” has compiled a rating of “15 most beautiful lakes in Italy,” when you visit them, you will feel like a magical fairy tale heroes.
Lakes and ponds have always fascinated people. Perhaps the magical effect of these reservoirs on the human mind can be explained by the state of peace and tranquility, which they inspire to the attentive observer, or maybe it is “the work” of the magnificent scenic views and nature, as if from a postcard, invariably surrounding the lakes and reflected in the mirror of their still waters.
Italy holds many precious gems in its depths, many of which are simply little known to travelers.
We have chosen 15 Italian lakes which everyone should see at least once in his/her life: here nature has infinite power over the world and having seen these landscapes once you will never forget them! Have a nice trip!
Lago di Garda
Lake Garda is encompassed like a pearl in a shell between Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. The vegetation that surrounds Lake Garda is breathtaking in its richness: olive trees, agaves and vines “embrace” the crystal clear waters with their green branches and leaves, while in the background all this splendor is “guarded” by snow-capped impregnable mountain peaks. The climate here is always very mild, so you can enjoy the beauty of this land at any time of year. To know all three regions around the lake we suggest to pass through Riva del Garda in Trentino, Limone sul Garda in Lombardy and Malcesine in Veneto. And where to go without Sirmione and Tremosine! Travel wherever you like and you won’t be disappointed.
Lago di Braies
At the foot of the majestic mountain range of the Croda del Becco, immersed in the valley of Pasteur, Lake Braies is a true corner of paradise. Surrounded by incredible nature with vivid colors, with a carpet of flowers at the very waters that change color from blue to emerald green, the alpine lake is surrounded by an imposing wall of dolomite guarding the lake’s peace. It’s so beautiful that you feel like you’re in an art gallery looking at an artist’s canvas.
Lago di Como
The third largest lake in Italy and one of the deepest in Europe, Lake Como is dotted with historic villas now owned by world celebrities and beautiful dream villages reflected in the blue of its waters. Majestic and beautiful, this lake combines a foothill climate with Mediterranean charm and is one of those places that know how to pamper tourists not only with its spectacular scenery, but also with the thousands of services offered.
Lago di Scanno
It is one of the most romantic lakes in Italy, because when viewed from above, Lake Scanno is heart-shaped, framed by the green, dense vegetation of the Valle del Sagittario, wild and proud, located in the heart of Abruzzo. At the lake you can relax and enjoy a walk admiring the tranquility of its waters, or enjoy a catamaran ride on the lake. Take time to check out the historic center of Borgo, located off the coast of Scanno, which is ranked among the most beautiful villages in Italy.
The islands of Borromeo, Arona, Stresa and Pallanza, everywhere splendid nature and unique atmosphere, the border between Switzerland and Italy: we are on Lake Maggiore, the second largest lake in Italy and the largest (hence its name) of the Pre-Alpine lakes. It is a place that suits and pleases absolutely everyone: the lake is ideal for a holiday with family or friends; do not worry even if you are by nature a “lone wolf”, because here you will not have time to get bored – you can rent a canoe or catamaran, explore the lake by boat, walk its shores on foot or take a bicycle ride.
Drive to Umbria to see Lake Trasimeno, with its ancient borgos on the shore and three islets that can be reached by ferry. One of them, Isola Maggiore, is inhabited. Another way to discover Lake Trasimeno is to walk among the lake’s castles, enchanted towers and fortresses set about the calm waters, a journey that will transport you to another dimension. And if you go there at sunset.
Lago di Lesina
Between the territory of Tavolere delle Puglia and Cape Gargano there is another magnificent lake, connected to the sea through several tributaries. Its fish-rich waters (especially eel) make Lake Lesina particularly visited and revered by fishing enthusiasts, and its long comfortable beaches welcome bathers in search of relaxation and sunshine. Make time for a trip to Cagnano, a town whose white cottages enhance the blue waters of the lake!
Lago di Fusine.
Close your eyes and imagine that you are standing in front of the magnificent Lake Fusine, enclosed in the arms of an emerald valley surrounded by high peaks. In fact, there are two lakes, Lake Fusine: Lake Superior and Lake Superior, glacial in origin, born of the environment of limestone rocks and nature of amazing beauty, of course. In winter, the surface of the lake freezes solid and the landscape changes its face, taking on an even more incredible charm. You must see this lake in each of the seasons!
Lago di Bolsena.
We go to enjoy the beauty of the largest volcanic lake in Europe, located in the province of Viterbo. Lake Bolsena is an ideal place for outdoor activities: kayaking, diving, paragliding, horseback riding are just some of the activities you can enjoy at the gorgeous lake.
We travel to Lombardy to another famous body of water in Italy: between the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia lies Lake Iseo, with its historic villas by the calm waters. This is where the largest natural lake island in Italy, Monte Isola, is located. Be sure to explore its streets, because it is worth it, and then get lost among the villages born long ago by the lake and taste the delicious local cuisine. If you love birds, you must visit the Torbiere del Sebino peat bog nature reserve, and if you like typical Italian borgos, Lovere will amaze you.
Lago di Caldonazzo.
In the region of Valsugana, in Trentino, there is another beautiful Italian lake, Caldonazzo, whose mirror hail reflects the blue of the sky by day and its stardom at night, and during the famous festival is colored by fireworks. Here you can go water-skiing, sunbathe on the free beaches and take a dip in the clear blue waters of Caldonazzo.
Lago di Carezza
Famous for its clear waters that change color depending on exposure to sunlight, this beautiful highland lake is located a few kilometers from Bolzano. Lake Carezza is a small corner of paradise, surrounded by the Dolomites in a pristine environment.
Lago di Resia
We stay in South Tyrol to go to discover another “enchanted place” where time has really stopped:. Lake Resia, with its flooded bell tower that emerges from the waters, a place where history and legend intersect. In winter, when the lake freezes over, the Curon Bell Tower, which belongs to a fourteenth-century church, is only a short walk from the shore.
Lake Posta Fibreno
Lago di Posta Fibreno
Lake Posta Fibreno, in the middle of the Liri Valley, in the middle of the homonymous nature reserve, one of the most important nature reserves in central Italy, impresses with its purity and the silence of its surroundings. Its pristine waters and surrounding vegetation are home to rare and protected bird species. Here, more than anywhere else, you will feel in harmony with nature!
Lago di Fedaia
At the foot of Mount Marmolada, near the Passo Fedaia, there is a lake that will give you a lot of intense and unforgettable emotions, alone with nature or in the company of those you love. Among the beautiful scenery of the Dolomite Alps you will enjoy breathtaking scenery and feel like a small part of a vast and fascinating universe!
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Italy’s most beautiful lakes
Rest on the lakes has a special magic and charm, it promotes calm and relaxation. Contemplating the water surface, leisurely walks, climbing the steep hills and visiting historic villas are an integral part of trips to the lakes.
We’ve chosen 15 of the most beautiful lakes in Italy for you to experience.
1. Lake Garda (Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige)
Lake Gardò is the largest lake in Italy and is located in the North of Italy, where Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige meet. Olive trees and vineyards grow along the shores of the lake. Prestigious wines are produced here. The olive oil is distinguished by its delicacy. The main settlements chosen for holidays are Riva del Garda, Limone sul Garda, Malcesine, Sirmione, Tremosine.
2. Lake Como (Lombardy)
Lake Como is the third largest and deepest lake in Italy. It is famous for the historic villas along its shores. Lake Como combines prelapsarian nature and Mediterranean charm. The main towns are Como and Lecco and the most popular destinations are Bellagio and Varenna.
3: Lake Resia (Alto Adige)
The eye-catcher of Lake Resia is the submerged bell tower which stands amidst the water surface surrounded by the mountain peaks. Its history is similar to our Kalyazin. The church of the XIV century was in the village of Kuron Venosta, in the 1950s, the church and the old village were flooded during the construction of hydroelectric power. The dam united two of the three lakes, Resia and Curon. Lake San Valentino-Alla Muta, to the south, remained the same. People from the flooded houses have built houses in the new location, only the bell tower is a reminder of the old days. In winter, when the lake freezes over, it can be reached on foot on the ice. In Kuron, against the backdrop of the flooded bell tower, the action of the TV series “Kuron” unfolded.
4. Lake Maggiore (Lombardy, Piedmont, Switzerland)
Lake Maggiore lies on the border of Italy and Switzerland. It is the second largest among the Italian lakes after Garda, and the second deepest after Como. The main settlements are Stresa, Arona and Pallanza. The Borromeo Islands are picturesque.
5. Lake Scanno (Abruzzo)
Lake Scanno is located in the heart of Abruzzo, among the Marsicani mountains, at 922 meters above sea level. It is characterized by its unusual heart-shaped shape. The lake is surrounded by woods and mountain peaks with charming chapels and ancient borgoes, among which Scanno.
6. Lake Trasimeno (Umbria)
Lake Trasimeno is located in the green heart of Italy in Umbria region, it is considered the largest lake in the central part of the country and is the fourth largest in Italy. At the same time, Trasimeno cannot boast of a depth: on average it is 4.3 meters, the maximum is 6 meters. There are several versions about the origin of the lake’s name, the most beautiful of which refers to the legend of Prince Trasimeno, son of Tyrrhenes, who drowned after being lured into the waters by the nymph Agilla. The prince’s body was never found, and the lake was named after him. Castiglione del Lago is considered the most beautiful town on the shores of Trasimeno, you can also visit two of the three islands, the fishing village of San Feliciano and admire the painting of Perugino in Citta della Pieve.
7. Lake Bolsena (Lazio)
Bolsena is the largest volcanic lake in Europe. The proximity of Rome allows you to reach it without any problems, and visit the pretty towns of Bolsena, Marta, Capodimonte, and Montefiascone, which is famous for the wine Est!Est!!!Est.
8. Lake Iseo (Lombardy)
Lake Iseo is notable for its miniature size, but boasts the largest lake island in Italy – Monte Isola, i.e. Mountain Island. There are picturesque towns along the shores, among which are Iseo and Lovere. The southern part of the lake produces the prestigious Franciacorta DOCG sparkling wines.
9. Lake Braes (Alto Adige)
Lake Braes is beautifully located at the foot of the majestic Croda del Becco, in the Dolomite Alps. The lake is small and the water temperature does not rise above 14 degrees. The lake attracts many tourists who remain fascinated by the color of the water, varying from blue to emerald green, and the natural beauty that opens up.
10. Lakes of Fusine (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
Fusine Lakes consists of two small bodies of water called Upper Lake and Lower Lake. They are surrounded by the Alpine peaks, creating a landscape of unreal beauty. In winter, the water surface is covered with ice, and the picture changes completely. The lakes have been filmed many times, for example in “The Lady of the Lake” with Tony Servillo and Valeria Golino.
Lake Carezza (Alto Adige).
Lake Carezza is a small alpine lake at 1,534 meters above sea level and is located in a deep coniferous forest. The crystal waters reflect the peaks of the Latemar mountain range. The lake is famous for its unusual color, in Ladino its name sounds like Lec de Ergobando and translates as “rainbow lake”. In Italian, the name of the lake comes from the carica trees growing along the shores. They are distinguished by their broad paddle-shaped leaves. The maximum temperature of the water in the lake does not rise above 13 degrees. There is a legend that tells of the nymph Ondine, who lived in the lake. A sorcerer of Mount Latemar fell in love with her and tried to kidnap the beauty, but without success. Then a witch advised him to conjure up a rainbow over the lake to attract the nymph’s attention. Ondine came out of the pool, but when she saw the sorcerer, she was frightened and ran away. The sorcerer then broke the rainbow into a thousand pieces and threw them into the water; ever since then the lake has been playing with all the colors of the rainbow.
Lake Dobbiaco (Alto Adige)
The Dobbiaco Alpine lake is located at an altitude of 1,176 meters above sea level. Its shore offers a magnificent view of the three peaks of Mount Lavaredo. In winter, the lake is covered with ice. Around the lake are arranged five bunkers, created in 1939 by order of Mussolini. On the southern shore of the lake is the village of Dobbiaco.
13. Lake Predil (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
Mountain Lake Predil lies at an altitude of 950 meters above sea level. Its depth is 30 meters. It is the second largest lake in Friuli. The lake is characterized by a beautiful deep green-blue color of water. It has a beach and a boat station.
14. The Lakes of Alcantara (Sicily)
On the slope of the volcano Etna in the valley formed by the river Alcantara there is a series of small lakes called the Gurne of Alcantara. The 16 reservoirs are circular in shape, and fall down one after the other. The width of each lake varies from 5 to 30 meters, the depth varies from 5 to 10 meters. Gournes are located in the municipality of Francavilla di Sicilia, behind the hill with the ruins of the castle. The last lake is near Fondaco Motta. Further along the riverbed you can see the gorge of Alcantara.
15. Lake Posta Fibreno (Lazio)
Lake Posta Fibreno is located in the heart of the national park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise. It is famous for its peculiar fauna, the natural floating island of La Rota and its ancient origins. Pliny the Elder wrote about the lake, he already mentioned a floating island, about 4 meters thick, formed of roots, earth and peat. The island is called La Rota, i.e. Coles, because of its rounded shape. It is about 30 meters in diameter, on which trees and other plants grow, sinking their roots into the water.