The Italian Lakes lie in the region of Lombardy in Northern Italy. Milan is the natural gateway to this region, situated on the flatter plains of Southern Lombardy. For the most part, people pass straight through Milan to reach the glorious Lakes in the north, however, there is plenty worth seeing in Milan such as Leonardo da Vinci’s mural of “The Last Supper” on the refectory wall of the Santa Maria Delle Grazie.
Lake Garda is the largest lake and attracts a large number of sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts. Lake Como has the most striking scenery, surrounded by tall peaks that rise from the lake edge and opulent, luxurious villas and palazzi. The hiking in the area is superb if you feel the need to get away from the Lake. Lake Maggiore has a much flatter shoreline and is more sedate with some charming gardens and walks to enjoy. Whichever lake you decide to visit, time can be spent relaxing beside the lake, eating at bustling pavement cafes and traditional pizzerias, walking, cycling, sailing and visiting enchanting gardens and villas that line their shores.