There are more than 1500 lakes in Italy, but the largest ones are in the north of the country at the edge of the mountains which climb into the Alps. Here is a list of some of the largest Italian lakes.
- Lake Garda. It has an area of 143 square miles, making it the country’s largest lake and the third largest in the Alps. Picturesque villages, medieval castles and lakeside promenades dot the shoreline. The lake has a diverse landscape with beaches along the southern shores. Near the lake you can visit Gardaland and other amusement parks.
- Lake Como. This is Italy’s most popular lake and a top romantic destination. With fairly temperate weather, Lake Como can be visited any time of the year. It is surrounded by amazing villas and resort villages as well as hiking paths.
- Lake Maggiore. With an area of 82 square miles, this is Italy’s second-largest lake. The northern part of Lake Maggiore extends into Switzerland. The lake was formed by a glacier and is surrounded by hills in the south and mountains in the north, giving it a fairly mild climate all year. Three spectacular islands in the center of the lake are popular with visitors.
- Lake Bolsena. It is located in the Northern Lazio region between Rome and Tuscany. The lake lies in the crater of an extinct volcano. The lake gives its name to a small lakeshore medieval town with a fortress at the top.
- Lake Trasimeno. It is located in Central Italy in the Umbria region. Trasimeno is Italy’s largest non-Alpine lake and is fairly shallow. There are several interesting historical towns around the lake and the large island, Isola Maggiore, famous for its lace-making.
- Lake Orta. The small lake of Orta is located west of Lake Maggiore in the northern Italian lakes district in Piedmont region.