Exploring Beautiful Italian Bodies of Water

- International, Travel

Want to visit Italy but fancy something a bit different? For an alternative to the Mediterranean coast or the usual tourist destinations of Rome and Venice, why not consider the Italian Lake District? Situated in the north of the country near the Alps, the area includes the six most beautiful and historic lakes in all ofItaly, as well as an impressive number of towns and villages by the water’s edge. Each different in character, the lakes offer travelers views, a range of accommodation and activities to suit all tastes.

Take Lake Como, for instance. A favorite for generations of international poets, artists and tourists, this romantic location boasts both scenery and in towns like Bellagio, delightful architecture, including world class gardens, cobbled alleyways and glorious promenades.


Lake Garda on the far east of the region, and which you can see with Saga Travel, is the largest of the Italian lakes and offers a surprisingly mild climate for the altitude — pretty citrus trees and olive groves are widespread here. Garda is easily the most popular of Italy’s lakes, particularly with families. In a relatively small area (it is just over 30 miles long), Lake Garda offers everything from historic and picturesque villages like Malcesine and Peschiera del Garda, to theme parks, beaches and water sports. It’s probably the area that has the best nightlife too, especially for the younger traveler.

As famous as these first two lakes are, there’s much to be said for some of the region’s lesser known locations.Lake Maggiore has an island called Isola Bella that you can reach by boat without any hassle. This pretty island lives up to its name with a spectacular Baroque palace and gardens. A little further west, just beforeLakeOrta, lies the Mottarone peak, accessible by foot, car or cable car. It is said to be the best viewpoint from which to see both theAlps and the lakes.

Whether you desire glorious scenery, fine architecture or a rich historic legacy, the Italian lakes offer the discerning traveler the experience of a lifetime. A quick tip: make full use of the many boats trips, ferries and excellent rail services to avoid time spent in your hire car in traffic jams!

Image by lostajy, used under Creative Commons license

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    April 5, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    I so want to go to Italy one day.


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    April 5, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    I spent a week in Garda when I traveled to Italy – such a beautiful area! I went in 2010 when that Icelandic volcano put a halt to air travel for a week and got stuck there. I would not have minded if I got stuck forever.
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    April 6, 2015 at 3:56 AM

    I would love to visit Italy! xo

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    April 6, 2015 at 6:04 AM

    totally biased here, but my family is from Lake Como! it is as gorgeous as it is in pics. i’ve only been there for xmas, so i need to see it in the summer.

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    Ashley | SB
    April 6, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Italy would be an absolute dream vacation for me. Maybe someday!

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    April 6, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    I would love to visit this place one it. I’m adding it to the list.


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    April 6, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    It all sounds amazing. We’ll just have to add all of these to our bucket list right now. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xx 365Hangers

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    April 6, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Oh seems amazing!!


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    April 6, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    All of this is amazing, I love how serine this sounds! Hope you had a lovely weekend.

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    April 6, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Sounds lovely!

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    April 6, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Such a great place to visit! I’ll officially be adding this to my wishlist 🙂 XO


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    April 6, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    I can’t wait to visit Italy one day. Such a beautiful city.

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    April 6, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    I would love to visit Italy one day! It sounds amazing!

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    April 7, 2015 at 4:58 AM

    Any where warm would do me just fine :))) xx

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