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The glorious lakes in the north of Italy are surrounded by picturesque ornamental gardens and ancient villas steeped in history, and feature breathtaking backdrops of snow-capped mountains. It’s easy to understand why they have been attracting visitors for centuries. From the splendid Lake Maggiore to scenic Lake Como and the lesser-known Lake Orta, this region offers a range of experiences and stunning scenery. The largest of the lakes is Lake Garda, which has a bustling atmosphere and stretches up into the Dolomite Mountain region, where you’ll find verdant valleys and quaint towns.
The regions surrounding Italy’s mountains are heavily influenced by neighbouring countries such as Germany and Austria. Those visiting the South Tyrolean towns of Merano and Bolzano can enjoy traditional goulash and apple strudel, alongside the more conventional Italian pasta dishes.
Lakeside resort menus are composed of delicious dishes using fresh fish from the lake, often with a different catch of the day served with vegetables and rice or pasta. The varied landscapes of the lakes and mountains also produce some of the country's most popular and well-known wine exports, including the rich Bardolino red from Lake Garda’s southern shores, and the DOCG sparkling wine Franciacorta, from the region sharing the same name close to the shores of Lake Iseo.