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The beautiful Italian Lake District lies on the fringe of the snow-capped Alps. Its mild-climate shores are dotted with charming villages and towns, romantic villages and palaces, and interesting gardens, belvederes, spas and resorts.
The two most
The soothing Borromean Islands are the highlight - and the tiny Isola Bella ("beautiful island") is the jewel.
It's the home of picturesque Bellagio village, the favorite among tourists.
The three runners-up:
It's pleasant and relatively small.
The lake lies partially in Switzerland and is more Swiss than Italian in character.
It is situated well to the east of the other four and is the largest in volume.
Why the lakes are
long and narrow
They were carved by ancient glaciers. The longest is 65 kilometers or 40 miles.
The Italian Lake District
is easy to reach
Lake Maggiore and Lake Como are less than an hour's train ride from Milan, making them popular day trips. However, I recommend a longer stay - there is much to see and experience.
Ferries can swiftly take you from one village to the next.
May and September are the two best months for visiting the Italian Lake District. The weather is lovely and the tourist crowds are relatiavely light.
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