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The magnificent lakes near Milan

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Lombardy is loved for its abundance of natural lakes, which come in all shapes and sizes. Offering an enticing excuse to head outside Milan and explore the surrounding countryside, we highlight the largest lakes in this alluring region of Italy.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda has long been a popular place and it’s easy to appreciate why. It takes the title of Italy’s largest lake and as such holds plenty of appeal. Reaching out almost 150 square miles, it borders Lombardy, Trentino Alto-Adige and Veneto. Explore its scattering of pretty islands by ferry or take to the water for a spot of windsurfing. The many waterside restaurants provide plenty of places to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch, before visiting the sunny beaches, ancient ruins, vineyards, olive groves and sweeping nature reserves. With so much to do, remember to take a moment to stop and admire all those spectacular views.

Lake Iseo

This is the hidden gem of the largest Northern-Italian lakes and has a unique charm all of its own. The clear water is surrounded by lush green mountains and scenic small towns, which give you a real feel for local life. Monte Isola, the largest car-free lake island in Europe, proudly stands within Lake Iseo, providing a peaceful place to explore at your own pace. This glorious lake also inspired an art installation back in 2016 by artist Christo. It has since returned to its former tranquillity and offers visitors a real retreat from busy life.

Lake Como

Located in Western Lombardy, Lake Como is also known as ‘Lago di Como’ and ‘Lario’. The mild year-round climate has made it a much-loved retreat since ancient Roman times. Today, modern and historic villas line the shores, all perfectly positioned to appreciate the stunning vistas. Favourites include Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello, which has starred in many films including Casino Royale and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Both are known for their gorgeous gardens, awe-inspiring views and regular events hosted throughout the year. Popular local pastimes include sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Lake Maggiore

At 40 miles long, Lake Maggiore is the second largest of the famous Italian lakes. The beautiful Borromean Islands that populate the lake are named after the 14th century Borromeo family who owned them. The family called on the great architects and artists of the day to enrich their sumptuous palace and gardens. The elegance of the Belle Époque era is also evident here in the many stately hotels and lakefront promenades. Come and discover an array of exotic plants, soak up the peaceful ambiance and dine on exceptionally delicious local dishes.

Just a short drive from Milan, these magnificent lakes make the perfect day trip from Hotel Principe di Savoia. Chat to our friendly concierge team about more ways to enjoy the city of Milan and its picturesque surrounding countryside.