Wow! Italy's Lake Region in September

  • Lecco, a town on the banks of Lake Como


    Italy, particularly the northern region of Lombardy, is blessed with some of the world's most picturesque and romantic lakes, over a thousand of them in total. September – with cooler weather and fewer tourists – makes the perfect time for a getaway to one of the country's stunning lakes.

    Photo courtesy of hozinja

  • Lake Como

    Of Italy's numerous lakes, Lago di Como is the most well-known and the most popular for romantic escapes. Located in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, Como enjoys an extremely long perimeter, lined with wooded mountains and charming resort villages. Such a big lake offers a wide range of experiences, including hiking in the surrounding hills and water sports on the lake itself.

    Photo courtesy of dichohecho

  • Riva del Garda

    Lake Garda

    Foreign visitors might be most familiar with Lake Como, but within Italy, Lake Garda has become the most popular lakeside resort. The largest and most visited lake in the country has 98 miles of shore, where you'll find medieval castles, small villages, rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. Riva del Garda, the most popular town along the banks, is also the best place for windsurfing on the lake.

    Photo courtesy of F H Mira

  • Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso

    Lake Maggiore

    Lake Maggiore, the last of Italy's three great lakes, sits just north of Milan and stretches all the way to Switzerland. This narrow, glacial lake has a very mild climate, making it a popular destination year round – a destination made famous as a setting in Ernest Hemingway's classic, A Farewell to Arms. The lake's castles, fortresses and small islands have served as inspiration to many famous figures over the years.

    Photo courtesy of Luca Volpi

  • Lake Trasimeno

    For an equally beautiful lake escape without the crowds of the big three, look toward Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. Trasimeno is Italy's largest non-alpine lake and much shallower than the lakes of the northern regions. It's location near the midpoint of the Italian peninsula makes it a convenient stop for travelers making their way through the country, and it's a popular destination for lakeside camping.

    Photo courtesy of Schwarzerkater

  • Lake Bolsena

    Lake Bolsena, the "Jewel in the Heart of Italy," sits in an extinct volcanic crater in the Lazio region, between Tuscany and Rome. It's the fifth largest lake in the country and the largest volcanic lake, yet it remains much less developed than the more popular lakes of Northern Italy. As one of Europe's cleanest lakes, it's the perfect place to go for a swim.

    Photo courtesy of blackdenimgumby

  • Lake Iseo

    Visitors looking for an uncrowded lake experience in the Lombardy region should check out Lake Iseo, a small lake with Europe's largest lake island. This enchanting body of water has served as a favorite retreat for poets and artists for hundreds of years. Since it's located just over 60 miles from Bergamo, it's a perfect choice for foodies eating their way through one of the country's most food-centric cities.

    Photo courtesy of Maurizio

  • Lake Bracciano

    When Rome's residents need to escape the city for some fresh air, they head to Lake Bracciano, located just 20 miles to the northwest. While this lake can get extremely crowded during the summer months, things quiet down significantly come September when the three towns bordering the lake become largely free of tourists.

    Photo courtesy of Yellow.Cat

  • Lake Orta

    Located just over a mountain from popular Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta remains blissfully undeveloped – a beautiful place where Milanese come to get away and that foreign tourists haven't fully discovered yet. The focal point of the lake is Isola San Giulio, an island dominated by the twelfth century Basilica di San Giulio.

    Photo courtesy of oscar federico bodini

  • Lake Lugano

    While most of Lake Lugano lies in Switzerland, the portion on the Italian side of the border has the deepest waters. This long and narrow lake is only just gaining popularity as a resort destination, so visitors will still find fewer people and cheaper prices than the other lakes in the region.

    Photo courtesy of Rajiv Srivatsa

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