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Italy Italian Lakes

Pretty towns to wander around, vineyards, warm weather and the delicious food are all to be enjoyed during your visit.

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Italian Lakes at a glance

The Italian Lake District, in Northern Italy, is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, against the foothills of the Alps.

The lake of Como has three slender branches that meet at the pretty town of Bellagio.

At the bottom of the southwest branch of this region lies the city of Como, home to stunning architecture and incredible scenery.

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Experiences in the Italian Lakes

From driving a Ferrari around the beautiful countryside, visiting one of the beautiful vineyards or trying some of the local delicacies there is plenty to keep you occupied in this beautiful region.
A market tour and home cooking class in the Lakes.

Market tour with Cooking class

A market tour and home cooking class in the Lakes.

General Information

There are 5 major lakes in the Italian Lake District and each has it's own particular character and style. The region is home to fine wines, Opera and is an art lovers paradise. Lake Como is also known as Lake Lario is the 3rd largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. It is also one of the deepest in Europe with the base of the lake being over 200m below sea level. There are 3 small towns - Bellagio, Menaggio and Lierna - situated on the intersection of the branches of the Lake Como and a boat service runs between them.






301,338 km2





Best time to visit

April - October

Destinations in Italian Lakes

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Lake Como

Set in the shadow of the snow-covered Alps and steep hills covered in forest, Lake Como is the most spectacular of the region’s three major lakes. Shaped, as the locals like to say, like an armless wanderer, its winding shoreline dotted with ancient villages and exquisite villas is an explorers paradise.

Travel Facts

Learn more about flights, climate and geography for this destination.

Most visitors flying into Italy from overseas visiting Lake Como should to land at Milan’s Malpensa airport. This airport is roughly 25 miles south of Como town. Many major airlines fly into Malpensa airport, including Continental, Delta, USAir, British Airways, KLM, Scandinavian and many more.

Lake Como has its own little micro-climate. It is almost always mild and so is never too hot in summer or too cold in winter. Despite being quite far North in Italy, it has a surprisingly Mediterranean vegetation and the air is quite humid. In the summer the rain falls mainly in the night time in the form of dramatic thunderstorms with spectacular lightning displays. Next morning the air is fresh and clear, and everything seems to sparkle.

Lake Como was formed by glacial activity, and it has an area of 146 km², making it the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 m (1320 ft) deep it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe. The south-eastern ‘leg’ of Lake Como has the atmosphere of a Norwegian fjord about it, with great walls of rock looming above the water, and the craggy peaks above towering on the skyline.

  • Driving a luxury Sports Car through spectacular Italian scenery
  • Feel like a film star as you arrive by helicopter Transfer
  • Take in the view from a Riva Speed Boat
  • Wonder the scented Italian gardens
  • Dive into the local cuisine!

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