From the time of the peak of the Roman Empire until today, tourists and travelers are attracted to top 10 most beautiful lakes in Italy. Therefore, these lakes are still good reasons to visit while in Italy. Moreover, these lakes, many of which are located in the mountains of northern Italy, make beautiful postcard photos.
If you are traveling to Italy, you also need to visit Rome’s best attractions after going to these lakes. Rome has a lot to offer and you can see many natural attractions and tourist spots which compete with these beautiful lakes in terms of beauty.
1. Lake Bolsena
You can stay here forever as you stand on the hills overlooking Lake Bolsena. Also, you will see the beautiful view of this central lake of Italy. This large lake has several islands, the largest of which is Bisentia Island with Etruscan ruins and beautiful churches.
If you look at the shores of this lake, you will see the black sand of the existing volcano in a volcanic crater here. Lake Bolsena is a good place for swimming, fishing and bird watching. If you drive from Rome to Tuscany, the lake is a good stopping point for relaxation.
2. Lago di Ledro
Lago di Ledro is not the largest lake that you will find in Italy, but what is not lacking is the beautiful scenery. This mountain lake in the Trentino region is surrounded by forests, crystal clear waters, making it one of the cleanest areas in Trentino.
The water is warm enough in summer and suitable for swimming and boating. Also, mountain biking is possible around the lake for tourists. The lake is famous for archaeological locations, including bronze houses. Moreover, some of these finding indicate that a water dam was built here when the water level was low.
3. Lake Lugano
Lake Lugano is located between Italy and Switzerland. With the Alps spread towards the shore, the lake attracts tourists in massive numbers. Also, a Glacial lake has been formed in some places over this lake. Moreover, Lake Lugano is so beautiful, no matter how and where you look at it. Also, you can go boating on the lake or go on a fancy mountaineering trip on the mountain next to this lake. This lake is a good place for fishing too and you can look for fossils in Monte San Giorgio
4. Lago Trasimeno
Lago Trasimeno in central part of Italy has a few things in common with Great Salt Lake in Utah. Both of these lakes bring water in but no water leaves from them. Both are salty, though Lago Trasimeno is not as salty as the one in Utah. This lake is a shallow Lake (about 16 feet deep) and very muddy.
Hannibal defeated the Roman army in this region in 217 BC. The fish festival in September attracts tourists to this spot and locals cook a lot of fishes in large pans at this festival. Agricultural lands, including vineyards and olive trees, surrounds Lago Trasimeno making this place ever more beautiful.
5. Lake Bracciano
Lake Bracciano attracts water sports enthusiasts from all over the world. This place is great location for diving, fishing, boating, yachting as well as swimming. Sea boats are allowed over this lake, however, only four passengers are allowed onboard
Also, Lake Bracciano is surrounded by a park and offering a variety of outdoor activities. Due to its proximity to the Italian capital, it takes a day from Rome to reach this lake. The lake is formed by volcanic activity, and the lake’s water is a reservoir for Rome’s drinking water.
6. Lake Iseo
Northern Italy is a popular place to visit medieval cities of the country. Visiting Lake Iseo can be a good activity for relaxation. Lake Iseo, surrounded by vineyards and forests, is a hidden lake among other Italian lakes. This lake resembles its older sisters, Lake Como. You can take a motorboat ride to Monte Isola, the largest island in southern Europe.
7. Lake Orta
Novelists, from Honoré de Balzac and Robert Browning to modern writers, place Lake Erutia among the northern lakes of the ocean. The view of the lake is very beautiful. The island is a perfect place for a calm and romantic walk. Be sure to visit the colorful markets and 12th century basilica. If you are looking for peace, take refuge in the forests and mountains nearby the Lake Orta.
8. Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore is another lake in Italy and Switzerland that forms on the border between the two countries. Italy’s second lake, Maggiore which means “Great Lake” in Italian, is located in the southern part of the Alps. The lake has a Mediterranean climate that promotes the growth of exotic plants. When the flowers bloom on the hill, the lake becomes ever more beautiful. The best place to see the lake which is 64 km long as well as its islands, is by using a cable car. Also, you can have a recreational cruise on the lake or even a bike ride around here.
9. Lake Garda
Lake Garda is created by glaciers and is the largest lake in Italy. This beautiful lake, which is surrounded by the mountains, is a suitable and popular location for the ultimate vacation. The lake includes several islands, including the Isola del Garda, where St. Francis of Assisi founded a monastery in 1220 A.D.
The lake itself has somewhat deep waters, therefore, traveling between cities on the lake is by boat and ships. Orange and lemon trees as well as olive trees can be seen on the beaches here creating a beautiful landscape. This lake is a good place for cycling, boating and surfing.
10. Lake Como
If you want to visit celebrities, Lake Como is the place to be at. Lake Como is a tourist attraction for the people of Rome. Many celebrities spend their holidays along the lake. However, if you are interested in seeing the lake, you should know that it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, 400 meters deep. Moreover, travelers mostly come to this area for the beautiful view of the lake.