Lombardy, the lakes district located in the Northern region of Italy, is one of the beautiful places in the world. This gorgeous area attracts tourists from around the world every year, and is located between the Alps and Milan. If you are planning a vacation to the Italian Lakes, it would be wise to know a little about each lake, since each one is a little bit different.
For the first-time traveler to this region, the most important lakes to visit are Lake Como, Lake Garda, and Lake Maggiore. They are certainly the most famous, and also the most visited. If you have the time, other important lakes to visit are Lake Iseo, Lake Lugano, and Lake Idro. The first three lakes all offer lots to do in terms of water sports. There you will be able to do sailing, boating, water skiing, windsurfing, and kite surfing.
Lake Garda is the largest lake of all of them, and is also the most touristy in general. The most vacation tours and packages take place at this lake. The most famous town to visit is Sirmione, which is on a peninsula at the South of the lake. The Scaliger castle is the most famous attraction of the town, but there are also the Virgilio & Catullo Spa complexes as well. As is true with most of the touristy towns in the region, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, as well as lots of shopping.
Lake Como is the second most popular tourist lake. This lake is characterized by mountainous terrain surrounding it on all sides. This is the location of the most famous town of the Italian lakes: Bellagio. This lake is also famous for having very extravagant villas all around the lake.
Lake Maggiore is the least touristy of the touristy lakes. It is a lake that is much more for people who enjoy the outdoors and are looking for a more natural experience. The one contradiction to that is the town Stresa and its surrounding areas, which are of the most extravagant areas of all the lakes district. This is because in older times, Lake Maggiore was a top vacation spot for European nobles and royalty. Lake Maggiore is also famous for hosting numerous movies and music festivals throughout the year.
Italian lakes holidays are some of the greatest vacations of a person's life. Be sure to visit all three of those lakes on your first visit, and then from there, you still have a lot left to discover!