Holidays on the lakes of Italy
The vastness of Italy is adorned with beautiful forests, fields, rivers, mountains and lakes, and the latter will be discussed. On the territory of the country there are about 1.5 thousand large and small lakes, on the shores of which tourists come from around the world, and of course, Italians themselves. The most picturesque and colorful are the lakes at the foot of the Alps – Como, Maggiore, Iseo Garda (the largest lake), Lugano and many others. The Italian lakes are dominated by a semi-Mediterranean climate comfortable for relaxation, and the area around them is planted with citrus orchards and emerald olive groves. In addition, many resorts have well-developed infrastructure, which will make the rest on the lake more intense and varied.
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, in addition, it is located immediately in three picturesque provinces of the country – Veneto, Lombardy and Trentino. This place is the most popular among tourists from different countries due to the combination of cool northern melancholy with the energy of the southern seas. Rocky mountains and sandy beaches make the rest on the lake particularly colorful. Here are also the most beautiful resort cities in Italy – Garda Costermano, Tobol sul Garda, Limone del Garda, Malcesine, Gardone Riviera, Desenzano sul Garda and Sirmione. Once upon a time, celebrities were resting in these places: Byron, Goethe, Oscar Wilde, Kafka and others. The resorts of Lake Garda offer well-developed infrastructure to modern tourists. There are all conditions for lovers of driving, canoeing, windsurfing and fishing. The expanses of suburban areas will not leave indifferent cyclists, horse riding enthusiasts who are fond of golf, tennis and long walks in the mountains. At night, the life of the resorts is also full of life – numerous pubs, bars and clubs open their doors to everyone. An interesting vacation on Lake Garda is waiting for children, because one of the largest amusement parks – Gardaland is located here. In addition, there are 6 water parks, 3 zoos, a thermal park and the largest disco in Europe. For fans of diving there are about 10 specialized centers. On Lake Garda are the famous wineries Lugano, Bardolino, Valpolicella, Soave, where you can not only taste excellent Italian wine, but also buy it with you, as well as grappa and natural olive oil.
How to get there: the nearest airports are in Venice, Milan and Verona, from them you can get to Lake Garda by renting a car (250-300 euros per week). Trains and buses run from Venice and Milan to Garda.
To the north of Milan, near the border with Switzerland, lies the picturesque deep Lake Como. The surroundings of the lake are built up with chic villas – many celebrities also acquire real estate here: Gianni Versace, George Clooney, Schumacher and others. A feature of the rest on Lake Como is the mild Mediterranean climate, which, thanks to the Alps, covering the lake from the north, remains flat all year round. From May to October, the air temperature is at around 22-30 degrees, and the lake’s waters warm up to 24-25 degrees. The rest of the time is not very suitable for recreation due to the increased likelihood of rain. Along the coast there are small areas with wrought-iron benches where you can relax while admiring the smooth surface of the lake with yachts and boats passing along it, luxurious villas and mountain peaks of the Alps. You can rent a boat and enjoy the views of the coast from the water – small villages, pomegranate and olive groves, magnificent palaces and architectural ensembles. Hiking along the lake will become more diverse if you visit the ruins of a Byzantine fortress and in churches with preserved unique mosaics. Lovers of outdoor activities are provided with an excellent opportunity to do various types of water sports – windsurfing, yachting, kitesurfing, sailing. All conditions for horseback riding, climbing and mountain climbing are created. Every year on the Lake Como is held the “Festival of exclusive cars” – you can admire the rarest cars that come here from all over the world. And shopaholics can be advised to go to the capital of world fashion – the city of Milan, which is half an hour from the lake and indulge in a favorite pastime.
Getting there: The nearest airports are in Milan, Malpensa and Linate. From Milan to the Como Station San Giovanni train station, the journey takes 45-60 minutes. From Malpensa and Linate, Lake Como can only be reached by car.
Aristocrats and the creative elite of Italy prefer to relax on Lake Maggiore. The Alps block the lake from the north winds, which makes the climate mild and comfortable all year round. According to recent studies, the area around Lake Maggiore is called the ideal natural area, as well as the most environmentally friendly in Italy. The most beautiful views and the best hotels are located in the following resort cities: Piedmont, Verbania, Baveno, Intra, Cannero, Cannobio.