Northern Italian Lakes

Protected by the Alpine Belt, which lies like a shell around Italy in the north, the Upper Italian lakes Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, Lake Como, Lake Iseo and Lake Garda are idyllic nestled between the mountains. While a lot of German is spoken around Lake Garda and all foreign visitors are searching for the house of George Clooney on Lake Como, the other lakes are still originally Italian.

South of the lakes, the vast landscape of the Po Plain, the largest plain in Europe with its fertile fields, opens up.

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The most beautiful lakes in northern Italy

Lake Orta

The small lake with the island of Orta San Giulio in the lake region is located to the west of Lake Maggiore in Piedmont and exudes tranquility amidst the green landscape.

Lago Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is mostly located in Italian territory and to a small extent in Ticino, Switzerland. The special feature of Lake Maggiore are its three interesting Borromean islands: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre.

The most famous and beautiful resorts of Lake Maggiore are Stresa, Arona and Verbania on the Italian as well as Locarno and Ascona on the Swiss side.

Lake Como

Lake Como is idyllic nestled on an altitude over1,000m. It is surrounded by high mountains to the east, north and west. Due to its protected climate, there are magnificent villas around the lake with spacious gardens and parks, stocked with attractive Mediterranean plants.

The elegant lakeside villas are only visible from the lake and are therefore particularly popular with celebrities from show business and the wealthy.

Lago d ’Iseo

Lake Iseo, north of Brescia, has gained particular notoriety when veiling artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude installed the Floating Piers on the lake in 2017. For two weeks you could walk across the lake to the island of Monte Isola.

Lake Garda

The most famous in the German-speaking region is Lake Garda, with its wide range of holiday opportunities for water sports enthusiasts, families and gourmets. With a mild climate and plenty of sun, Lake Garda is an ideal holiday paradise.

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Whether alone or as a group outing, a boat trip over one of the pre-Alpine lakes is always a relaxing experience. The most beautiful destinations on the lakes:

  • On Lake Maggiore to the Borromean Islands
  • On Lake Como from Como to Bellagio
  • On Lake Garda to private Garda Island
  • On Lake Iseo to Monte Isola Island
  • On Lake Orta to San Giulio Island

Hiking areas

Hiking around Lake Garda

On the east bank of Lake Garda rises the mountain range of Monte Baldo with a height of about 2000 m. On the approximately 30 km long ridge along the Adige River you will find beautiful hiking trails with great views over the lake. From Malcesine, a cable car runs up to Monte Baldo.

Hiking at Lake Como

Above Lake Como you will find beautiful hiking trails in all levels of difficulty and with beautiful views. From Como to Bellagio, 2 day tours across Monte Bolletone and Monte San Primo near the center of the lake. The east bank of Lake Como has challenging hiking areas on the Resegone mountain. The north shore borders Via Spluga, which leads via the Splügen Pass into the Swiss Engadine.

Hiking at Lake Maggiore

From Stresa, the cable car runs to Monte Mottarone with its extensive hiking trails connecting Lake Maggiore with Lake Orta.

Hiking at Lake Iseo

Especially on the east bank and north of Lake Iseo, the long-distance hiking trails lead via the Presolana Pass to Klausen.

Hikes across the Alps

There are several Alpine crossings for hikers and mountain bikers, which lead from Munich to Venice.

Golf courses

How about a golfing holiday combined with wellness and the beautiful ambience of the Upper Italian lakes and the enjoyment of Mediterranean cuisine. There is certainly time for a trip to one of the cultural cities of the Padana (river Po plain) or to Milan, Turin or Verona.

Golf in Italy – Arrangements Hotel and Green Fee

Lake Maggiore has golf courses for beginners and professionals. Castelconturbia’s course is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Italy.

On Lake Como, the 18-hole Pinetina Golf Palace offers optimal conditions for a relaxing golf holiday.

Find out the right one among our golf offers for Gardasse, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Iseo.


Lago di Orta

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Lago Maggiore

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Lago di Como

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Lago di Iseo

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Lago di Garda

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