North Italy Lakes

Home to the best of Italy's scenic lakes, Northern Italy offers both dramatic scenery and the chance to take a break from the intense heat of summer.

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Home to a repertoire of Italy's most famed and celebrated lakes set against the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Alps, Northern Italy's scenic shores never falter in entrancing the minds of all who venture here. The primary trio, Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore characterise this portion of the Italian peninsula that has been loved since the time of the Romans. Varying in their terrains, the landscapes of these North Italian lakes range from rolling hills and waterfronts to high mountains and sprawling natural habitats. Other lesser-known but equally as vastly beautiful perimeters include Lake Iseo, Lake Orta and Lake Lugano.

Lake Como is one of the most famous, in part due to its celebrity-status, with the likes of George Clooney residing there and also due to its close proximity to Milan, making it perfect for a day-trip. Known for its Renaissance architecture, Lake Como treats visitors to its park-like gardens within a variety of villa, public spaces or urban settings where the transformation from season to season puts on a delightful display.

The ladle-shaped Lake Garda is hailed for its crystal clear waters and status as Italy's largest lake! Attracting poets, politicians and other notable figures for millennia, it's best visited in spring or late summer. Come to unwind or venture to its south side to discover a mecca for windsurfing, paragliding, mountain walking and climbing.

Lake Maggiore is Italy's northernmost and second-largest lake, sharing a border with Switzerland. While it is one of the main three lakes in Italy, it sees far fewer visitors per year, making it ideal for exploring the beautiful zoological and botanical gardens that decorate its landscape. Akin to Lake Garda, ensure you take advantage of the extreme sports on offer.

An experience of Italy's north lakes is an absolute must!

HIP Hotels in North Italy Lakes

Explore Boutique Hotel Villa Sostaga Lake Garda
Explore EALA My Lakeside Dream Lake Garda
Explore Filario Hotel & Residences Lake Como
Explore Lido Palace Lake Garda
Explore casaFantini / lake time Lake Orta

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Tempio Voltiano
A superb neoclassical building dedicated to Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the electrical battery, now a museum hosting his inventions and documents. Apart from the imposing facade, you'll definitely love the mosaic floors and the luxurious mix of onyx, marble, onyx and alabaster, a true delight for des...
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For those who want to enjoy the magnificent Lago Di Como from higher grounds, take the funicular train that scales the mountains and stops at the small town of Brunate, and be inspired by the city of Como and discover the lake in its full glory.
Villa Carlotta
Built in 1695, Villa Carlotta breaths history and has an amazing art collection including works by Antonio Canova and Bertel Thorvaldsen. Whilst the first floor displays the amazing art collection, the second floor displays the private apartments, furniture and objects of Princess Charlotte. It's truly spe...
Pinacoteca Civica
Gracefully curated, Pinacoteca Civica comprises a rather selective collection of paintings and sculptures, with great Renaissance portraits among best things to see.
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Punta Spartivento
Take a deep breath of that fresh mountain air, indulge in the majestic scenery surrounding you and get lost in the endless views. What else do we need?
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Lake Como
Hemmed in by beautiful highland mountains and sheer hills, Lake Como is the popular holiday destination for aristocrats and wealthy individuals since the Roman Empire. Shaped like an upside down ‘Y’, due to the movement of a gigantic glacier back in the Ice Age period, Lake Como boasts the diversity of nat...
Basilica of St. Nicholas
Wander around the Basilica of St. Nicholas and indulge in the beautiful structure from different centuries. The neo-gothic bell-tower is a sight for sore eyes. Make your way inside to discover frescoes and a baptismal font dating back centuries ago.

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