Italy And Its 5 Great Lakes
A country celebrated for its spectacular, mouth-watering, dribble-provoking, jaw-dropping, delicious food; there is something else truly beautiful about Italy: its lakes. Dotted around the location, amongst great snow-coated mountains and spacious green pastures, are many unique and wonderful lakes. Each Italian lake has a history and personality of its own, drawing in tourists from across the globe. Here is a guide to five of Italy’s greatest and most eye-capturing lakes.
1) Lake Bolsena
Located in central Italy, Lake Bolsena has a fascinating volcanic origin. The lake carries much historical beauty as it originally came about due to the eruption of underwater volcanoes. In addition to its origin it has an intriguing history, full of enticing stories. One of which, is that a third of the lake was donated by a great, noble family, Alberici of Orvieto, to the Church, meaning the lake is now part owned by the Church! Surrounded by the medieval town of Bolsena, this lake is truly an inspiring place of history.
2) Lake Garda
The largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda is a must-see tourist attraction. At 51km long, this lake’s beauty seems endless. Its length and width makes it the perfect place for swimming, wind-surfing and much more. Thanks to Italy’s glorious sunny climate, visitors can spend their days sunbathing by the lake and then proceed to refresh themselves in its crisp, cool waters. Located between two of the top tourist destinations, Venice and Milan, Lake Garda couldn’t be in a better destination. With its great location, perfect waters and superb length it is no surprise it is one of the most popular Italian lakes to visit.
3) Lake Maggiore
Surrounded by green, gentle hills, Lake Maggiore is one of Italy’s largest lakes. Its pastoral surroundings make it an idyllic spot to visit. Visitors will be greeted by a calm and serene atmosphere upon visiting this attraction. At 65km long, the lake’s tranquillity stretches for countless miles. Visitors can rent a canoe and paddle out far into the blue, pristine waters. With a mild climate both in summer and winter around the lake, this is an ideal spot for visitors to come and relax throughout the year.
4) Lake Como
Situated in Lombardy, Italy, Lake Como is a stunning glacier lake. Surrounded by snow-topped mountains and awe-inspiring scenery, it is a fairytale sight to behold. With a depth of 1320 feet, this attraction claims the title as the deepest lake in Italy. Its total area of 146km² also makes it the third largest lake in the country, making it even more magnificent. A popular tourist attraction, the lake is surrounded by cafés, restaurants and beaches, where visitors can sit back, relax and marvel at one of Italy’s finest jewels.
5) Lake Orta
A small, secluded spot, Lake Orta, is a hidden gem of Italy. Situated in the north of the country, the lake lies in the heart of true, Italian culture. With local authentic, Italian restaurants nearby, visitors looking for a real Italian experience will be at home here. The lake’s quiet and still waters radiate an atmosphere of peace, allowing tourists to truly relax. Visitors will be awe-struck by the beautiful sights and captivating culture which surrounds this beautiful lake.
These five great lakes, will allow visitors to view the immensity of Italian beauty. Whether visitors are looking to head to exciting, top tourist destinations or find serenity amongst true Italian culture, these lakes offer it all. With so much to see, visitors will be stunned to silence by Italy’s great lakes.
Visitors will need a car for touring all the great sites and scenery on offer, the lakes are so large they will take quite some getting around.
By Maria Hubbard.