12 Best Italian Lakes To Add To Your Italy Itinerary

Lake Nambino

What Are The 12 Best Italian Lakes To Add To Your Italy Itinerary? No doubt this is something like the 7th blog you’ve looked at planning your itinerary in Italy and you’ll notice that most blogs feature Lake Como, Garda and Orta but we’re going to feature some authentic and slightly lesser-known Italian lakes. Don’t forget to Pin this so you can add them to your bucket list Italian Itinerary.

To Get There

To reach all of these locations, it’s best to hire a car and travel at your own leisure.  Click here for a quote to see how much this might cost.

You can drive to all of these lakes except one! This one you’ll have to hike to but don’t worry, it’s worth it and it’s not a long or difficult hike.

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Lake Maggiore: Best Italian Lakes

12 Best Italian Lakes Map

There are over 1500 lakes in Italy but what are the best? This is obviously very subjective but here are our choices.

Best Italian Lakes:
Lake Misurina

Location: Directly north of Venice in the Veneto region, northern Italy. The largest natural lake of the Cadore it is 1,754 m above sea level.
Best For: Fairytale scenery and mountain views. Looks more Swiss than traditional Italian.
Activities To Do: Hiking, paddle boating, SUP boarding, canoeing, cycling, skiing and ice skating in the winter.
Where to Stay: Cortina d’Ampezzo

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Lake Misurina: Best Italian Lakes

Lake Ledro

Location: A natural lake, east of Milan in the Veneto region, northern Italy. The lake is at an elevation of 655 metres, and its surface area is 2.187 km².
Best For: Mountain views and crystal clear, clean waters (reputed to be one of the cleanest lakes in Trentino). Not far from Lake Garda, you could do both in one day.
Activities To Do: Wakeboarding, climbing, running, cycling, hiking, Neolithic history, Stilt House Museum.
Where To Stay: Cremona

Lake Ledro
Lake Ledro

Lake Bracciano

Location: A volcanic lake, north of Rome in the Lazio region of central Italy.
Best For: Volcanic lake less than an hour from Rome.  It is the second-largest lake in the region and one of the major lakes in Italy. It has a circular perimeter of approximately 32 km.
Activities: Truffle hunting, sailing, canoeing, scuba dive, SUP boarding, swimming and Luzzio castle.
Where to Stay: Bracciano

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Lake Bracciano

Lake Lugano

Location: A glacial lake on the border between Italy and Switzerland (the Lombardy region and the Swiss canton of Ticino)
Best For: Mountain viewpoints and lake scenery. The lake is situated between Lake Como and Lago Maggiore.
Activities: Walk the promenade, hiking, cycling, windsurfing, parks, churches, culture and eating.
Where to Stay: Porto Ceresio

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Lake Lugano: Best Italian Lakes

Lake Trasimeno

Location: A natural lake, south of Florence and north of Rome in the Perugia region.
Best For: Boating, windsurfing, fishing, castles, churches, and monasteries. It has a shore length of 57km.
Activities: Truffle hunting, walking and hiking, music, culture, swimming, eating, visiting castles and wineries
Where to Stay: Passignano sul Trasimeno

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Sunset at Lake Trasimeno

Lake Albano

Location: A small volcanic crater lake 20km south of Rome in the Alban Hills of Lazio.
Best For: Its moderate temperature, lush flowers, and spectacular views. It hosted the canoeing and rowing events of the 1960 Summer Olympic Games that were held in Rome.
Activities: Canoeing, rowing, walking trails, Volcano Lazio, churches and culture.
Where to stay: Castel Gandolfo

Lake Nambino

Location: An alpine lake, northeast of Milan and southwest of Venice in the province of Trento.
Best For: Tranquil, a fir-lined lake backed by the rugged Brenta Dolomites. Park in the Patascoss car park.
Activities: Hiking (Monte Pancugolo – 2276m), woodland walks, cycling, nature, peace and serenity.
Where to Stay: Rifugio Lago Nambino

Lake Nambino
Lake Nambino

Lake Nemi

Location: A volcanic lake south of Albano near Rome in the Lazio Region.
Best For: Panoramic views and Roman history.
Activities: Walking and hiking trails, plenty of museums, Roman castles, wine tasting, SUP boarding.
Where to stay: il Lago di Nemi

Lake Varese

Location: A glacial lake, northwest of Milan in the Lombardy Region.
Best For: Flat calm lake with picturesque views.
Activities: Architecture, churches, birdwatching), Palace gardens, cycle trails, museums.
Where to stay: Gavirate

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Lake Varese: Best Italian Lakes

Lake Braies / Pragser Wildsee

Location: A natural lake, close to the Austrian border in the Dolomites in the south Tyrol valley.
Best For: Nature and spectacular landscape with huge mountains ringed by enormous pine trees.
Activities: Walking, hiking (Seekofel hut), cycling, boat rental, restaurants, pebble beaches and photography.
Where to Stay: Monguelfo-Tesido

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Lake Braies

Lake Bolsena

Location: A volcanic lake, north of Rome in the Lazio region of central Italy.
Best For: Scenic lake with two islands, churches & walking trails, plus campsites & restaurants.
Activities: Swimming, sailing, boat rides, sports fishing and kite surfing.
Where to Stay: Capodimonte

Lake Massaciùccoli

Location: A natural lake, north of Pisa in the Province of Lucca, Tuscany.
Best For: Wildlife. 10 minute walk to the sea
Activities: Sailing, sports fishing, swimming, boat rides, kite surfing, sandy beach, grand theatre, churches and cathedrals, beach and museums.
Where to stay: Viareggio

Lake Massaciùccoli
Lake Massaciùccoli: Best Italian Lakes

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