Italian Lakes

Italian Lakes

Italian Lakes

The most famous lakes in Italy are sometimes called the Italian Lake District, in the north of the country not far from the Alps where a string of narrow glacial lakes lies interspersed between the Prealpine foothills, straddling the border with Switzerland.The glorious lakes of the north of Italy are surrounded by picturesque ornamental gardens, ancient villas steeped in history and breathtaking backdrops of majestic snow-capped mountains. From bustling Lake Garda to splendid Lake Maggiore, scenic Lake Como and the characteristic Lake Orta, this region offers a range of experiences and stunning scenery.From landscapes to language, from famous food to friendly people, the attractions of Italy are unique and unmistakable.Holidays in this rergion offer you breath taking landscapes, historical cities full of culture and art, high quality hotels and campsites and world renowned cuisine and with some of the best windsurfing in Europe, One visit will simply not be enough after experiencing the true diversity of this wonderful country. With all this  together it will make a remarkable holiday that’s truly bellissimo!!

Below are Lakes in Italy

Lake Alto del Flumendosa

 The Flumendosa river, flows through steep gorges and valleys before plunging into Lake Garda. Lake Alto Flumendosa is located on a large plateau at 850 meters above sea level that comes on the slopes of Gennargentu, is the highest among the lakes of Sardinia.The reservoir was built between 1942 -1949 with two dams and Bau Bau Muggeris Apple and its maximum capacity is 63 million cubic meters. The lake is surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, forests of oak and coniferous trees rich in wildlife Sardinia. In small loops, hidden in the vegetation, you can visit two small islands located in the center of the lake.……….”Click” for more info

Lake Ampollino (Lago Ampollino)

Nestled perfectly between the soft ridges of high mountains Scorciavuoi, Zingomarro, Gariglione And Montenegro, Lake Ampollino is the highest share of the three largest reservoirs of Sila , located at 1,271 meters. But the lush vegetation that swells its banks it soon turned into a real jewel of nature, for both summer tourism, which in the winter. Around the lake Ampollino develops a dense flora typically Sila, with high prevalence of coniferous forests, mainly spruce and pine, but it is also frequent oak………..”Click” for more info

Lake Bolsena (Lago di Bolsena)

Lying within the northern part of the province of Viterbo that is called Alto Lazio (“Upper Latium”) or Tuscia, the lake has a long historic tradition. The Romans called it Lacus Volsinii, adapting the Etruscan name, Velzna, of the last Etruscan city to hold out against Rome, which was translocated after 264 BC, and its original location today has not been securely identified. The lake is bordered on one side by updated forms of the Roman consular road Via Cassia. In addition to the historic sites of all periods, Lake Bolsena is currently surrounded by numerous tourist establishments, largely for camping, agrotourism and bed and breakfasts…………”Click” for more info

Lake Bracciano (Lago di Bracciano)

The lake is an important tourist attraction situated near Rome. As it serves as a drinking water reservoir for the city of Rome it has been under control since 1986 in order to avoid pollution of its waters. The use of motorboats is strictly forbidden (exceptions being made for a few professional fisherman and the authorities), and a centralised sewer system has been built for all the bordering towns in order to avoid any spoiling of the water quality. This makes Bracciano one of the cleanest lakes of Italy…………”Click” for more info

Lake Coghinas (Lago del Coghinas)

Lake Coghinas (Italian: Lago di Coghinas) is an artificial lake, in northern Sardinia, Italy, located between the provinces of Sassari and Olbia-Tempio. With a surface of 17.8 km² and a capacity of 254 millions cubic metres of water, it is the second largest lake in the region (second only to Lake Omodeo) and one of the major reservoirs in Italy………..”Click” for more info

Valli di Comacchio

The Valli di Comacchio, meaning “fish basins of Comacchio”, are a series of contiguous brackish lagoons situated to the south of Comacchio, close to the Adriatic coast of theEmilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. They lie within the comuni of Comacchio and Argenta in the province of Ferrara and the comune of Ravenna in the province of Ravenna. The area, covering almost 17,000 hectares within the Parco regionale del Delta del Po, the regional park of the Po Delta, is classified as a Site of Community Importance and aSpecial Protection Area………..”Click” for more info

Lake Como (Lago di Como or Lario)

Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 km², making it the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda andLake Maggiore. At over 400 m (1320 ft) deep it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres (656 ft) below sea-level. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces (such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni andVilla Carlotta). Currently, many celebrities have or had homes on the shores of Lake Como. Lake Como is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy………..”Click” for more info

Lake Garda (Lago di Garda or Benaco)

Lake Garda (Italian: Lago di Garda or Benaco) is the largest lake in Italy. It is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan. Glaciers formed this alpine region at the end of the last ice age. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the provinces of Verona (to the southeast), Brescia (southwest), and Trentino (north). Being easily accessible from the north via the Brenner Pass, the lake is a major tourist destination, including a number of exclusive hotels and resorts along its shore………..”Click” for more info

Lake Idro (Lago d’Idro or Eridio)

Lake Idro (Italian: Lago d’Idro, also Eridio from Latin: Eridius lacus, German: Idrosee) is an Italian prealpine lake of glacial origin situated largely within the Province of Brescia(Lombardy) and in part in Trentino. At 368 m above sea level it is the highest of the Lombard prealpine lakes. The lake is fed principally by the waters of the river Chiese; that river is also its only emissary. It has a surface area of 11.4 km² and a maximum depth of 122 m……….”Click” for more info

Lake Iseo (Lago d’Iseo or Sebino)

Lake Iseo or Lago d’Iseo or Sebino is the fourth largest lake in Lombardy, Italy, fed by the Oglio river. It is in the north of the country in the Val Camonica area, near the cities of Brescia and Bergamo. The lake is almost equally divided between the Provinces of Bergamo and Brescia. This is a heavily industrialised part of the world, but the area remains one of outstanding natural beauty……….”Click” for more info

Lake Lesina (Lago di Lesina)

Lake Lesina (Italian:Lago di Lesina or Laguna di Lesina), situated in the north of Puglia between Tavoliere delle Puglie and the promentary of Gargano is the ninth largest lake in Italyand the second of the southern part of the country. It is about 22 km long, an average of 2.4 km wide and covers an area of 51.4 km². Two canals, Acquarotta and Schiapparo link it to the Adriatic Sea, from which it is separated by a dune known as Bosco Isola, between 1 and 2 km in width and 16 km in length. Numerous streams provide the lake with a modest supply of fresh water……….”Click” for more info

Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore or Verbano)

Lake Maggiore is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest of Italy and largest of southern Switzerland. Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three great prealpine lakes of Italy, it extends for about 70 km between Locarno and Arona. The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with beautiful gardens growing rare and exotic plants. Well-known gardens include those of the Isola Madre, Isola Bella and the Isole di Brissago, that of theVilla Taranto in Verbania, and the Alpinia botanical garden above Stresa………..”Click” for more info

Lake Omodeo (Lago Omodeo)

Lake Omodeo (Italian: Lago Omodeo) is an artificial lake, in central west Sardinia, Italy. The lake was constructed in the 1920s. The dam, designed by the engineer Angelo Omodeo, was inaugurated in 1924, at that time it was the largest reservoir in Europe. The lake length is 20 km. A new dam was built in 1997, dedicated to the Sardinian medieval judge Eleonor of Arborea, it is 582 m long and 120 m wide………..”Click” for more info

Lake Orta (Lago d’Orta or Cusio)

Lake Orta (Italian: Lago d’Orta) is a lake in northern Italy west of Lake Maggiore. It has been so named since the 16th century, but was previously called the Lago di San Giulio, after Saint Julius (4th century), the patron saint of the region; Cusio is a merely poetical name. Its southern end is about 35 km by rail NW of Novara on the main Turin-Milan line, while its north end is about 6 km by rail south of the Gravellona-Toce railway station, half-way between Ornavasso and Omegna. Its scenery is characteristically Italian, while the San Giulio island has some very picturesque buildings, and takes its name from the local saint, Julius of Novara, who lived in the 4th century………..”Click” for more info

Lake Reschen (Lago di Resia/Reschensee)

Reschensee (Italian: Lago di Resia, German: Reschensee) or Lake Reschen is an artificial lake in the western portion of South Tyrol, Italy, approximately 2 km (1 mi) south of theReschen Pass, which forms the border with Austria, and 3 km east of the mountain ridge forming the border with Switzerland. With its capacity of 120 million cubic metres (97,000 ac·ft) it is the largest lake in the province. Its surface area of 6.6 km² makes it also the largest lake above 1,000 m in the Alps.[1] It is fed by the Adige, Rojenbach and Karlinbach and drained by the Adige………..”Click” for more info

Lake Trasimeno (Lago Trasimeno)

Lake Trasimeno (Italian: Lago Trasimeno; Latin: Trasumennus; Etruscan Tarśmina), also referred to as Trasimene or Thrasimene in English, is the largest lake on the Italian peninsula south of the Po River with a surface area of 128 km2, slightly less than Lake Como. No major river flows directly into or out of Lake Trasimeno and the water level fluctuates significantly according to rainfall levels and the seasonal demands from the towns, villages and farms near the shore………..”Click” for more info

Lake Varano (Lago di Varano)

8 km from Ischitella is lake Varano. It is the largest lake in southern Italy covering 25 square miles. Its square shape is separated from the sea by a 6 mile barrier of sand. The seaward side of this barrier is covered in woods, in which grows pine, eucalyptus and lentisk trees. The lake is joined to the sea by two navigable canals, the Foce Varano and Foce Capoiale………..”Click” for more info

Lake Varese (Lago di Varese)

Lake Varese is a smallish lake in the Lombardy region fed by underground springs. The lake is surrounded by rolling hills and to the south the roads lead to ponds and marsh area. Isolino Virginia is the lake’s small island, which is located near the western shoreline. The lake is glacial in origin and is spread over an area of 14.5 square kilometers and has an average depth of 11 meters……….”Click” for more info

Lake Vico (Lago di Vico)

Lake Vico (Italian Lago di Vico) is a caldera lake in the northern Lazio region, central Italy. It is one of the highest major Italian lakes, with an altitude of 510 m. Administratively, it is part of the municipalities of Caprarola and Ronciglione. The lake is surrounded by the Cimini Hills, in particular by the Fogliano (965 m) and Venere (851 m) mountains. It is part of the Lake Vico Natural Reserve. According to legend, the lake was created by Hercules, who defied the local inhabitants to wield his club. When he did this, a stream sprung up and formed the lake……….”Click” for more info


USA Tour 2012

An RV Tour of some of the National and State Parks in the USA 26th April – 15th June 2012 Sent in by Joan & Malcolm, UK The beginning of the tour was late at night when we arrived at the hotel in Portland, Oregon. Our taxi driver warned us not to walk out in […]