From west to east there are six main holiday lakes, all quite different in character: Orta, Maggiore, Lugano, Como, Iseo and Garda.
Lake Garda is the largest of the lakes and receives the most tourist visitors; its beaches theme parks, sports and nightlife attract a younger crowd as well as families.
Lake Maggiore – famous for its jewel-like Borromean Islands and mountain-girt northern shores – is the second-largest lake, with its northern section lying in the Swiss canton of Ticino.
Lovely little Lake Orta lies to the west, and is noted for its spiritual air and excellent small hotels.
The romantic Lake Como, north of Milan, offers dramatic scenery, quaint ports and belle époque villas.
Captivating and tranquil Lake Iseo, between lakes Como and Garda, is the region’s best-kept secret.
The Italian Lakes offer a bit of everything; pretty towns and villages perched on the water's edge, a backdrop of mountains, fine buildings and, of course, stunning scenery.
Blessed by a mild climate, romantic waterfront views, lush vegetation as well as great gastronomy and superb shopping, the Italian Lakes are more popular than ever.