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Spend summer 2018 exploring stunning Lake Maggiore, discover the vineyards, castles and beaches around Lake Garda, or head for romantic Lake Como, edged with elegant villas and landscaped gardens. If you're after something a little different, why not look at a trip to one of Italy's lesser-known lakes? Little Lake Orta is perfect for a peaceful stay, with a lovely collection of lakeside towns.
The landscape around Italy’s largest lake varies dramatically from north to south. In northern resorts like Riva del Garda and Limone, soaring mountains provide the backdrop; head for the southern shores and you’ll find gently rolling hills and vineyards. Scenery aside, Lake Garda also packs in medieval castles, picturesque waterside towns and Italy’s biggest theme park.
Stay on the shores of Lake Como and you’ll have chic towns like Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna at your fingertips. Public ferries cover most of the main resorts on the lake, or you can hire your own boat for a few hours (or a whole day) and explore wherever takes your fancy. Lake Como also puts you in a great position for day trips to Milan and the Swiss Alps.
Lake Maggiore is classic Italian Lakes: mountain scenery, grand villas and islands topped with aristocratic palaces. Stresa, Baveno and Verbania sit around the lake’s middle half, while sleepy Cannero lies further north. Just west of Lake Maggiore is lesser-known Lake Orta. It’s got a bit of a film-set feel about it, with quaint villages along the shore line and a picture-perfect island monastery.