Those wanting to explore Italian Lakes will find tours that are held in the north where a breathtaking area of famous lagos frame the Alps. The area is full of verdant valleys, sparkling waters, and quaint villages that have drawn visitors since early Roman times. The lagos themselves are deep, with still blue waters that inspire slowing down and strolling along the shorelines while quietly reflecting on the absolute beauty. The largest three Italian lakes featuring tours are Garda, Maggiore, and Como, but there are a few smaller ones that rival the majesty and beauty of the larger three.
Lago di Como is probably the most famous of the Italian lakes for tours as it is a celebrity hotspot, and it is not hard to see why. The roads around the lago are wrought with tight, twisty turns with peeks of sweeping panoramas that beg a driver to see what is coming around the next turn. Opulent villas abound here, so any itinerary should include a visit to Villa Carlotta with its stunning manicured gardens. No voyage would be complete without a visit to Bellagio (known as the Pearl of Lago di Como) and to Varenna. Both towns offer the best views of the lago with excellent restaurants, villas, and outdoor excursions – including horseback riding, windsurfing, kayaking, and canoeing.
Lago di Maggiore is the second largest lago and crosses the border into Switzerland to divide the two regions of Piedmont and Lombardy. With a mild climate year-round, the lago is known for being home to exquisite botanical gardens and a set of three stunning islands – the Borromean Islands (Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola dei Pescatori). Each island is a fascinating place to visit, so definitely put them on the travel itinerary when in the area.
Lago di Garda is the largest lago and one of the most popular Italian lakes that people book tours for. Here, spas, hotels, fashion stores, and more abound. The Scaliger Castle is a magnificent 13th-century stronghold that looks like it was transported out of a fairytale. The entire structure is surrounded by a deep moat that gives the illusion of both enchantment and strength.
Lago d’Orta, often overshadowed by its larger cousin – Lake Maggiore – is the epitome of quaint Italian beauty. To look upon it inspires visions of watercolor paintings. The smallest of the lagos, it is the best place for quiet relaxation. There are banana boat rides, hiking, sailing, and fascinating architecture. In June, there is the Festival of Ancient Music where visitors can sit and listen to piano concerts. The winter is teeming with fantastic skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding.
Lago d’Iseo is a crystal clear lake surrounded by lush green mountains dotted with medieval villages and towns. The towns are teeming with shops, cafes, bars, and more. Home to the Franciacorta wine region, this area produces some of the tastiest sparkling wines in the world. The island of Montisola contains several Baroque churches that house incredible frescoes, statues, and altars that are a must-see.
Lago di Varese is the ideal spot for a family vacation. Children can run unfettered amongst the trees and grounds. Zanzi Park is a green oasis that is perfect for picnics, walks, and bicycle rides. Boat tours are particularly popular since the waters are so clear. There are water lilies and water chestnuts growing along the shoreline. For birdwatchers, a plethora of rare species come here to winter, making for exciting sightings.
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