The Lombardy region boasts five large lakes and 80 smaller lakes, not to mention countless alpine lakes to be discovered while hiking in the mountains. A perfect getaway for a summertime escape or a relaxing hideaway to soak up cool hues all year-round, Lombardy's lakes offer the perfect setting to experience the region's culture.
Among the chains of the Orobie Prealps, renowned for its charming villages and splendid villas rich in art and history, Lake Como is a popular tourist destination. Visitors are drawn here by the lake's natural beauty and the history found in places where famous writers, musicians and prominent characters spent their time, such as Foscolo, Byron, Verdi, Rossini, Napoleon and Churchill.
Lake Maggiore, or Verbano, is the second-largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda. Its landscape, mild climate and tributaries such as the Ticino river, have drawn people to the lake since the prehistoric civilization of Golasecca (Iron Age).
A small jewel nestled between the Orobic Prealps, halfway between Bergamo and Brescia, Lake Iseo is the ideal destination for a short stay. It only takes about two hours to drive the entire coast by car and in summer a ferry provides trips across the lake.
Lake Garda or Benaco is the largest Italian lake and its waters touch three regions: Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. The surrounding territory is very varied: in the south it is surrounded by moraine hills, while the northern and highest part is enclosed by mountain chains that create its fjord-like shape and protect it, making its climate particularly mild. Its transparent, deep blue waters make it a popular destination among tourists.
Lake Lugano, also called Ceresio, is considered one of the most beautiful of the pre-alpine lakes. It extends largely in Switzerland, in the Canton Ticino, but the north-east and south-west of the lake belong respectively to the provinces of Como and Varese. From the beautiful mountains overlooking the lake you can enjoy breathtaking scenery and the villages offer a peaceful atmosphere, cultural attractions and wonderful hiking opportunities.