Italy’s most beautiful lakes
Taking a rest on the lakes has a special magic and charm, it promotes tranquility and relaxation. Contemplating the water surface, leisurely walks, ascending steep hills, and visiting historic villas are an integral part of lake vacations.
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 vacation are Riva del Garda, Limone sul Garda, Malcesine, Sirmione, Tremosine.
2. Lake Como (Lombardy)
Lake Como is the third largest in Italy and the deepest. 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 the region of Umbria, it is considered the largest in the central part of the country and is the fourth largest among Italian lakes. 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)
The Lakes of Fusine consist of two small bodies of water called the Upper Lake and the 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. The sorcerer of Latemar mountain 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)
The mountain lake Predil lies at an altitude of 950 meters above the 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. Its diameter is about 30 meters, on which trees and other plants grow, dropping their roots into the water.
Lakes of Northern Italy, part one. Garda – the most “beautiful sea” of the country
It seems to have it all: sports, architecture, history, beaches, thermae and family parks.
The lakes of Northern Italy – one of the most popular destinations for travel in the country: easy to fly to Milan (including by low-cost jet) and to move between cities with excellent infrastructure by rented car. At the same time – fresh air and almost wild nature: mountains, clear water lakes, cypresses, olive and orange trees with vineyards on the shores and wide beaches.
Holidays on each of the lakes will be different. Garda – top for adepts of sports and healthy lifestyles, Iseo – an example of the harmonious blend of nature and art, Como – aristocratic combination of parks and gardens.
About the cities and attractions around the iconic Italian lakes tells Mila Ulchenko – author of the blog Una Russa In Italia. The first part is about Lake Garda and everything around it.
“Italy’s most beautiful sea” is what travelers from Northern Europe call Lake Garda. The azure water in the lake, mountains, olive groves, cypresses, citrus plantations and vineyards attract tourists here. Movies are often filmed here – it was in Garda waters Aston Martin flew in the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace”. Thanks to the mild climate in Garda you can come all year round. In winter it is dry and not cold. Rain, and even less snow is rare. The heat is not so strong in the summer because of the mountains and the constant winds.
Transport: how to get between the cities
Garda is divided into four parts: the region of Trentino Alto Adige to the North, Venice to the East, Lombardy to the West and Lombardy and Venice to the South. The logistics of travel in the Garda are tied to three cities: Trento in the north, Verona in the east and Brescia in the west.
On ferries. The most scenic way to travel between cities is by ferry. They run in season: from mid-April to October-November, depending on the weather. One-day passes allow you to make an unlimited number of trips between cities and cost 34 euros (2,800 rubles). Passes valid only in the southern or northern parts of the lake are 20.5 euros (1,700 rubles). Find more information about the routes and schedules at Navigazionelaghi.it.
By car. If you want to go to Garda in summer, choose weekdays from Monday through Thursday. Beginning on Friday, the lake go Italians and visitors from neighboring Germany, so the kilometer traffic is unavoidable. If you do go on weekends, devote them to one city, so as not to be stuck in traffic, moving from one attraction to another. Or take a ferry and walk in the cities.
By train. From Verona and Brescia, trains go to Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda, from which it’s convenient to start on the western and eastern parts of the lakes, respectively.
By bus. Buses to Lazise, Bardolino and Garda depart from the center of Verona – from Piazza Bra. Bus numbers: 162, 163b, 164. From Garda and further north along the coast to Riva del Garda runs bus number 484. In the summer, the 483 bus goes from Peschiera del Garda to Riva del Garda. It goes along the eastern shore of the lake and stops at the main settlements. There is also a direct bus to the lake from Verona airport in the summer: convenient that you don’t have to stop in the big city. The schedule of buses is on the website of the carrier. In winter, the number of destinations decreases. In the Info Bus Verona app, you can build a route and find out the cost of a trip between cities.
The LN026 bus runs from Brescia to Desenzano del Garda. Along the entire west shore of the lake from Desenzano del Garda to Riva del Garda is LN027. This is already the region of Lombardy, so the website with bus schedules is different.
Tickets are sold at bus stations, in tobacquerias – small stores or stalls that sell cigarettes, magazines, lottery tickets. You can also buy from the driver, but the ticket will cost more.