Beautiful lakes, suggestive bodies of water, sometimes surreal in their suspended and almost magical atmosphere. Skyscanner has selected the 15 most beautiful lakes in Italy.
We introduce you to the 15 most beautiful lakes in Italy that you need to discover as soon as possible. Beauty will save the world so waiting for holidays in nature among picturesque landscapes and villages suspended in time, let yourself be relaxed by the Italian lakes and fill your eyes with color. Italy holds precious pearls, sometimes less known, which will know how to charm you. Here they are all for you …
Here are the 15 Italian lakes that you must go and see at least once in your life among fairytale sceneries, wild mountains, majestic cliffs and crystal clear waters.
The 15 most beautiful lakes in Italy
Set like a diamond between Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige, Lake Garda is one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Here the climate is always mild and therefore you can almost always enjoy its beauty. To touch all three regions, moving comfortably by lake, we recommend Riva del Garda, on the Trentino side, Limone sul Garda on the Lombardy side and Malcesine, a true Venetian delight. And Sirmione ? And Tremosine? Ok, let’s admit we don’t know how to choose … You do it, you will not be disappointed in any case. We recommend that you book at the Grand Hotel Liberty if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
At the foot of the majestic Croda del Becco and immersed in the Val Pusteria , Lake Braies is one of the most beautiful places in the world. An alpine lake of incredible charm (it looks a lot like the beautiful Canadian lakes), with the vivid colors of its waters that turn from blue to emerald green and the imposing Dolomite wall to dominate and watch over them. So beautiful that it seems fake, it is perhaps one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy and the most assaulted by tourists. If you are curious, as real travelers must be, you just have to find out. We recommend that you book at the Hotel Lago di Braies if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
Third largest lake on the Peninsula and one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy and one of the deepest in Europe, Lake Como is dotted with historic villas and dream villages that are reflected in the intense blue of its waters. Elegant and regal, this lake manages to combine the pre- Alpine environment and Mediterranean charm and is one of those places that know how to pamper tourists not only thanks to the breathtaking landscape but also for the thousands of services offered. Fill your eyes with beauty and the days of events: it will be a holiday with all the trimmings! We recommend that you book at Casa Pini if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
With the shape of a heart (if admired from above), Lake Scanno , in the wild and wonderful Valle del Sagittario in Abruzzo, cannot be missing in our ranking of the 15 most beautiful lakes in Italy that you must discover. A place that never disappoints, in which to relax at the foot of calm waters or enjoy a ride on a pedal boat. Find the time to take a leap into the historic center of the town, which is part of the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is rich in ancient traditions that are still very much alive. Good exploration dear travelers! We recommend that you book at the Park Hotel if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
The Borromean Islands, Arona, Stresa and Pallanza , the spectacular waters and the unique atmosphere, on the border between Switzerland and Italy : we are on Lake Maggiore , the second largest in Italy and the largest (and hence its name) of the pre-alpine lakes. This is one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy: ideal for a family vacationor with friends, not to be disdained even if you are out alone, since there is no time to get bored here and you can rent canoes and pedal boats, explore the lake by boat or venture out on foot or by bike, through the paths and green areas all around. As soon as you can, go! We recommend that you book at the Palazzo Aminta Hotel if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
From Piedmont we go down to the Umbria region, the green heart of Italy, to admire Lake Trasimeno in all its beauty, among ancient villages on the shores and three islets that make you dream, right inside the waters, which you can admire with a panoramic tour by ferry. One, the Isola Maggiore , is also inhabited. Another possibility is to go around the castles of the lake : enchanted towers and fortresses will transport you to another dimension, especially if you go there at sunset… for romantic travelers! We advise you to book at the Hotel Cavalieri if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
Lake of Lesina and Varano
Between the Tavoliere delle Puglie and the Gargano promontory, here we are in front of another beautiful Italian lake, directly connected to the sea through different mouths. The fishy waters of Lake Lesina and Varano, especially rich in eels , make it very popular with fishing lovers and the long beaches welcome swimmers looking for relaxation and sunbathing. Find time for a trip to Cagnano, the town whose white houses stand out against the blue of the lake: you will thank us for the advice, we are sure. And for a weekend in Puglia, think about renting a car to move freely! We recommend that you book at the Bianco Riccio Suite Hotel if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
Lake of Fusine
Open your eyes wide in front of one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, the Fusine Lake , or rather, the Fusine Lakes: the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake , of glacial origin , are born in a limestone context, enclosed in an encircled basin from high peaks and they know how to amaze with their typically alpine nature, immersed in a valuable landscape context. And of great beauty, of course. In winter, the surface of the lakes freezes solidly and the landscape changes its face, giving the area an incredible charm. You have to see it in both seasons. We recommend that you book at Hotel Il Cervo if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
Lake of Bolsena
Another round, another race: let’s go and see which is the largest volcanic lake in Europe and to do it we go to the Viterbo area . Lake Bolsena is the ideal place for exciting kayaking trips , for diving (which will catapult you in front of seabed that recall the lunar landscapes) and for paragliding. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding, archery are just some of the other activities that you can practice here, and then all to see the beautiful Bolsena , together with Montefiascone , Marta and Capodimonte . Ready to discover Lazio? We recommend that you book at the Ludwig Boutique Hotel if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
We go to Lombardy to discover one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy and also another record: between the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia , Lake Iseo , with its historic villas and calm waters, is home to the largest island natural Italian lake as well as the highest in Europe, Monte Isola . Go and explore it, because it’s worth it, and then get lost in the markets of the villages that arise on the shores of the lake to try the tasty local cuisine. If you are passionate about bird watching you must absolutely immerse yourself in the nature of the Torbiere del Sebino reserve , while if you love the characteristic villages Lovereis the one for you. We advise you to book at the Hotel Rivalago if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
In the beautiful and little known area of Valsugana , in Trentino, let yourself be lulled by the calm waters of Lake Caldonazzo , which reflect the blue sky and, on the night of August, the colors of the famous fireworks fired for the party. Here water skiing is practiced, its shores alternate free beaches and equipped establishments and the whole area has all kinds of services: a stop not to be missed for lovers of peaceful nature and romantic Italian lakes. One of the 15 most beautiful lakes in Italy that will know how to amaze you! We recommend that you book at the Hotel La Piroga if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
Known for the clarity of its waters, which take on different shades based on the sunlight, that of Carezza is a beautiful Italian alpine lake a few kilometers from Bolzano , with the Latemar massif behind it and characterized by very clean waters: a small typically Dolomite paradise born in the midst of the most uncontaminated nature of Trentino and which you absolutely must discover. As soon as possible, of course! We recommend that you book at the Sporthotel Alpenrose if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
We stay in South Tyrol to go and discover one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, where time has really stopped: Lake Resia , with its bell tower that emerges from the waters , is a place that crosses history and legends. When the lake freezes in winter, the Curon bell tower, belonging to a fourteenth-century church, can be reached on foot. Are you curious to know what happened to the rest of the church and the entire village of Curon? Go find out. We recommend that you book at the Tendershof if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
At the foot of the Marmolada , near the Fedaia Pass , this lake of intense colors will give you sweet and fun hours to spend in the company of those you love: venture on the Viel del Pan path , one of the most beautiful and panoramic in the Dolomites , to fully enjoy of the breathtaking landscape and if you have the opportunity to admire the spectacle of this Italian lake in an elevated position. You will feel small, but part of an immense cosmos. We advise you to book at the B&B Cèsa Planber if you plan to stay overnight in the area.
Posta Fibreno Lake
The lake of Posta Fibreno , in the middle valley of the Liri, located in the center of the homonymous nature reserve , is one of the most important naturalistic oases in central Italy , being almost completely uncontaminated. The pure waters of this which is one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy guard the so-called Rota , a floating island, refuge of a precious birdlife protected by the reserve, which moves according to how the wind carries it. One of those places that will be able to reconcile you with yourself and with the whole world. Seeing is believing! We advise you to book at Bedrooms Ninfa del Lago if you plan to stay overnight in the area.