The most beautiful Italian Lakes

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Thursday 21st of March 2019
Did you know that Lake Como is at the first place in the ranking of the 20 most beautiful lakes in the world, established by The Huffington Post?

Located at about 50 kilometers from Milan, between the provinces of Como and Lecco, it is the third largest Italian lake, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, and it is the deepest. Among the most important ones in Lombardy, with its characteristic inverted Y shape, it is divided into three branches: Como on the southern west coast, Lecco on the southern east coast and Colico on the northern one. The first part of the lake is famous for its walks in the countryside, for the charming and characteristic lakefront streets and the historic centre, and for the famous properties such as: Villa Olmo, Villa d’Este and Villa Carlotta.
From its shores you can enjoy views of picturesque villages, splendid villas and lush gardens that welcome visitors in search of relaxation, fun and culture, in close contact with nature.
The most romantic of the Italian lakes. Lake Orta, with its 13.4 km of length and 2.5 of width, is an authentic gem set between the the Alps and wide hilly forests.
The shores of the lake are dotted with small picturesque towns, ancient villages and small ports that show the life of fishermen, once the most numerous inhabitants of Lake Orta. Today, instead, they are the set of modern stories, sports boats, as well as high quality international tourism.
The climate is mild, the coasts and the very picturesque surroundings are rich in woods, crops, full of industrial and touristic activities. The villages overlooking the mirror of the lake are rich in history.
The second largest Italian lake is Lake Maggiore, which covers and area of 212 square kilometres. It is also the second one in depth (370 meters at its highest point). Linked to the Ticino river, which is both tributary and emissary, it is located on the border between Lombardy and Piedmont, crossing also over Switzerland.
It is located on the Prealps, and has a very elongated shape. On its surface there are numerous islands, located mainly in Piedmont. The most famous are the Borromean Islands, including Isola Madre and Isola Bella, often painted also by artists. This peculiarity, combined with the mildness of the climate, and the landscape and architectural beauties, here harmoniously merged, attracts thousands of tourists every year and makes the town one of the most sought-after Italian tourist destinations since the second half of the nineteenth century.
Lake Garda is the largest Italian lake, with a surface area of 368 square kilometres embracing and tracing the border of three different Italian regions. It is located on the border between Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. 52 kilometres long and 16 meters wide, it has a depth of 133 meters on average and a maximum of 346 meters.
The whole area is dotted with places of unimaginable beauty: Sirmione, surrounded by the walls and the massive towers of the Scaliger Castle, is a real open-air museum, and the Catullo Caves are an example too. The Roman villa that belonged to the famous Latin poet is located in the most extreme and panoramic point that Sirmione can offer: the tip of the peninsula, from which you can enjoy a breath-taking view of the lake.
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