Exploring Italian Lakes Beyond Como: Maggiore, Garda, Iseo

  • May 8, 2024

Lake Como is undoubtedly a jewel nestled in the heart of Northern Italy, enchanting travellers with its breathtaking vistas and charming towns. However, there are also other lakes to visit in northern Italy. After discovering the splendour of Lake Como, consider visiting other Italian Lakes. From the grandeur of Lake Maggiore to the serene allure of Lake Iseo, every Italian lake presents a distinct fusion of natural splendour and cultural riches.

Discover Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and stands as the largest lake in southern Switzerland. Resting between Piedmont, Lombardy, and Canton Ticino, it reveals its allure through pristine waters and stunning Alpine backdrop. Lake Maggiore mesmerizes visitors with its picturesque scenery and charming lakeside towns. Lake Maggiore is also a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for boating, hiking, and enjoying the lush natural surroundings. 

Must-Visit Towns on Lake Maggiore:

Stresa: Known for its elegant promenades and magnificent villas, Stresa is a must-see destination on Lake Maggiore. Be sure to visit the enchanting Borromeo Islands, particularly Isola Bella, which has its stunning palace and gardens.

Verbania: Explore the charming old town of Intra, where narrow streets lead to quaint shops and delightful cafes. Don’t miss the splendid botanical gardens of Villa Taranto, home to a vast collection of exotic plants.

Cannobio: Nestled along the shores of Lake Maggiore, Cannobio entices visitors with its picturesque waterfront, historic buildings, and vibrant Sunday market.

Baveno: This picturesque town boasts stunning vistas and a rich history. Its elegant waterfront promenade offers panoramic views of the Borromeo Islands. Explore quaint streets and cafes, or use it as a base for discovering nearby attractions like Stresa and Borromeo Islands.

Getting There from Milan: From Milan, you can reach Stresa, Verbania, and Cannobio by train, car, or private transfer. Ask for a quote for transfers from Milan Malpensa to Baveno. The train trip takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, while driving offers the flexibility to explore at your own pace and takes around 1.5 hours via the A8/E62 highway.

Explore the Magic of Lake Garda

Lake Garda
Lake Garda

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake, where breathtaking scenery and rich history await. Famous for its crystal-clear waters and picturesque shoreline, Lake Garda captivates visitors with its charming towns, ancient castles, and verdant vineyards. Lake Garda beckons to nature lovers, providing a haven where outdoor passions thrive amidst its serene waters and rugged landscapes. Sailors, windsurfers, and adventurers alike find solace in its embrace, while the surrounding mountains offer endless trails for exploration and discovery.

Must-Visit Towns on Lake Garda:

Sirmione: Renowned for its thermal baths and medieval castle, Sirmione is a captivating town perched on a narrow peninsula jutting into Lake Garda. Wander through its cobbled streets, admire the Roman ruins, and soak in the panoramic views from the Scaliger Castle.

Riva del Garda: A graceful town nestled at the northern tip of Lake Garda. It boasts a stunning backdrop of rugged mountains. Explore its historic centre, indulge in water sports, or embark on a scenic hike to the nearby waterfalls of Cascata del Varone.

Malcesine: With its medieval castle towering above the town, Malcesine exudes charm and character. The cable car to Monte Baldo is a must-do experience for sweeping the lake and surrounding countryside vistas.

Getting There from Milan: From Milan, you can travel to Sirmione, Riva del Garda, and Malcesine by train or car. The train journey takes approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the destination. By car, the drive takes around 2 to 2.5 hours via the A4 and A22 highways.

Experience the Tranquility of Lake Iseo

Lake Iseo
Lake Iseo

Lake Iseo, a hidden gem, beckons with its tranquil atmosphere and unspoiled rural natural beauty. It’s a perfect retreat, offering a peaceful escape from the bustling crowds. The lake is not just about its idyllic villages, ancient churches, and scenic hiking trails but also its world-class wineries. Here, you can unwind with wine-tasting sessions and savour the finest vintages of the Franciacorta region, which is truly a serene experience. 

Must-Visit Towns on Lake Iseo:

Iseo: The namesake town of Lake Iseo is a charming destination with a picturesque lakeside promenade and a lively weekly market. Explore its historic centre, relax by the waterfront, and savour regional fish dishes at local trattorias.

Monte Isola: The best way to see the largest lake island in Italy is to embark on a scenic ferry ride to Monte Isola. Discover its idyllic villages, hike to the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Ceriola, and indulge in the island’s culinary delights.

Lovere: Nestled on the northern shore of Lake Iseo, Lovere beckons with its medieval architecture, scenic vistas, and cultural attractions such as the Tadini Academy of Fine Arts.

Getting There from Milan: From Milan, you can reach Iseo, Monte Isola, and Lovere by train or car. The train trip takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, while driving offers the flexibility to explore the region and takes around 1.5 to 2 hours via the A4 and SP510 highways.

While Lake Como may steal the spotlight, Italy’s other lakes equally deserve exploration. Whether you’re drawn to Lake Maggiore’s grandeur, Lake Garda’s charm, or Lake Iseo’s tranquillity, each destination promises unforgettable experiences amidst breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. So, venture beyond Lake Como and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Italian lakes in Northern Italy.

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