Beautiful pictures of Italian lakes

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With their breathtaking backdrops of grand, colorful villas, snow-capped mountains and lush gardens, it’s not hard to see why the Italian lakes are such a popular vacation destination. If you want to book a lake and mountain vacation for 2022, these lakes could be a great choice.

Lake Como is one of Italy’s most popular lakes, with its chic restaurants and stunning views. Como has long been the stomping ground of aristocrats, artists and celebrities.

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Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains that stretch from the Swiss border. The centerpiece of Lake Maggiore are the islands of Isola Bella and Isola Madre, where you can spend a day wandering around admiring their perfectly manicured gardens and baroque architecture.

Meanwhile, Lake Orta is an underrated gem; a smaller lake that offers unrivaled tranquility, with crystal clear waters and a slower pace of life than its more famous neighbours. You can spend an afternoon strolling slowly through the narrow, elegant streets of its many picturesque towns, such as pretty San Giulio. You can also choose to climb the Sacro Monte, an ancient place of pilgrimage behind the city, with a magnificent view of the lake below.

If you’re inspired to see them for yourself, Country Living offers an eight-day tour in September that will take you to many of the most beautiful locations around the Italian lakes, all while based in a stylish hotel on the tranquil Lake of Italy. Orta. You’ll travel by train from the UK on this flight-free holiday, before exploring the villas and parks of Como, visiting San Giulio and enjoying days in Milan and the charming Swiss towns of Locarno and Lugano.

In the meantime, check out these great photos of Italian lakes…

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A view from Villa Monastero over Lake Como

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The island of San Giulio on Lake Orta

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The gardens of Villa Carlotta on Lake Como

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Boats moored in the old town of Mergozzo on Lake Maggiore

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The gardens of Villa Taranto

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Views from the narrow streets of Bellagio, Lake Como

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Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, Lake Orta

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The village of Lenno on Lake Como

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San Giulio Island with a stunning alpine backdrop

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The riverside village of Pella, Lake Orta

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The Church of San Giorgio, Lake Maggiore

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Rhododendrons in bloom in the mountains above Lake Como

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Blooming colorful azaleas in Cannobio, Lake Maggiore

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The baroque gardens of Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

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A swan on the calm waters of Lake Como in Colico

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Water lilies in the gardens of Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore

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Sunset at Moltrasio, Lake Como

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Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

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A view of Lake Orta from the Sacro Monte

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A restaurant with a view of Lake Como

Visit the lakes and gardens of northern Italy on an eight-day tour with Country Living in September 2022.

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