The Lombardy is a region which is rich features, natural character but also artistic attractions not to be missed. Its territory has a considerable amount of lakes that manage to give the visitor an atmosphere unique because of the breathtaking view, the panorama, the play of lights that is created thanks to the glare of the sun reflecting on the water.
The lakes are in fact an ideal destination for lovers of elegance, peace and historical-cultural beauties. Also ideal for just a trip or a weekend away from city traffic.
Considering the major lakes, the minor ones and small alpine lakes, there are in fact several dozen. Below, the 5 most beautiful and important lakes in Lombardy !
Lake Maggiore, although called in this way, is the second largest lake in Italy for size and importance. It borders with three regions: Piedmont, Lombardy and part of Switzerland. To visit the characteristic localities of Luino and Laveno, which overlook their respective gulfs. Do not miss the town of Arona and the Colossus of San Carlo Borromeo, Stresa and the Borromean Islands, Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Villa Taranto, Giardino Alpinia, Isola dei Pescatori and Villa Pallavicino on Lake Maggiore.
Lake Garda is the largest Italian lake and affects three regions: Lombardy, Veneto and finally also Trentino-Alto Adige. There are many plant species that frame this splendid natural resource such as lemon, cypress and olive trees. To surround this spectacle of nature there is no shortage of refined historic homes, villas and palaces of very important artistic value: among them we cannot fail to mention the Vittoriale degli Italiani, or the residence with the park that the famous decadent poet Gabriele built. D’Annunzio. Do not miss the town of Sirmione together with the Grotte di Catullo, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Fassino, the Bardolino Wine Museum, the Cisano Oil Museum and don’t forget to take a ride on the Gardaland rides!
Lake Como has been much talked about since it is here that George Clooney, attracted by the beauty of the places, bought a beautiful villa, so that he could enjoy not only the wonderful panorama, but also the mild climate and the delicacies of the place. Among the prominent places not to be missed in the surroundings we cannot fail to mention Lecco, very characteristic for the blue of the water that goes well with the mountains behind it. In the city do not miss the Museum of Palazzo delle Paure, now home to numerous exhibitions and cultural events. The city of Como hosts several monuments such as the Volta Temple and the Duomo. An aperitif overlooking the lake is a must, to enjoy the beauty of the breathtaking panorama.
Between the two provinces of Brescia and Bergamo extends Lake Iseo, one of the most evocative and interesting lakes in Lombardy as regards landscapes, nature and nightlife. Inside it is possible to visit some of the most famous lake islands in Italy such as Mont’Isola, which is also the largest island in Europe, and the islands of Loreto and San Paolo. Spending a day in the characteristic village of Sulzano, with its picturesque views, could prove to be ideal. The town offers a beautiful beach that overlooks a stretch of lake for swimming, able to combine relaxation and fun as it is possible to go out on a sailboat or enjoy the landscape by going out by bicycle and along the various paths proposed.
We can say with certainty that Lake Lugano is purely Swiss, since most of the coasts overlook Switzerland. However, there are some Italian towns that overlook this wonderful lake with crystal clear waters. An example of this is the renowned town in the province of Como, Campione d’Italia, known for hosting the largest casino in Europe.
If you want to take advantage of the summer, read also our special on the lakes of Lombardy where it is possible to swim .