The three most beautiful lakes in Italy

Italy is also known for its many beautiful lakes. The area surrounding these Italian lakes is a popular holiday destination for many families. The water fun in combination with the pleasant climate, the wonderful Italian food, and the great amusement parks in the proximity of the lakes make it a holiday to remember.

Italy - Lake Garda

In Italy, you can choose from more than 1000 lakes! Enough for everyone. Would you prefer a small, idyllic lake or rather a large one? We’ve lined up three beautiful Italian lakes to help you choose. Included are several tips for fun outings with children during the camping holidays in the area around these lakes.

Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake

Lake Garda is probably the one lake in Italy that families know best. It is the largest and prettiest lake in the country, and many families from the surrounding area spend their holidays there.

Although it’s a tourist destination, the authentic Italian character is preserved well. This is where you see and taste the real Italy. You enjoy delicious traditional dishes and Italian ice cream on the lively terraces. You can stroll peacefully with your children through the idyllic villages without having to constantly beware of the traffic.

Lake Garda

The picturesque landscape, with green forests, dazzling waterfalls, pebble beaches, and the many lemon trees is the perfect backdrop for a wonderful holiday. A holiday with lots of fun on the beach and in the water. Bobbing around in the water, windsurfing, sailing, and diving.

In addition to the many water sport options, there are many opportunities to visit amazing water parks, such as Caneva Aquapark. In this large water park close to Lazise, you can go down spectacular slides and enjoy various swimming pools, amazing water shows, and a Caribbean beach with white sand. This aqua park is part of the CanevaWorld Complex, which includes two other amusement parks.

Caneva Aquapark

A visit to the Parco Natura Viva in Bussolengo is also a good idea. In this nature park you can observe closely a variety of animals during a thrilling safari. Go on a safari with your entire family and see rare animals, such as the red panda and the snow leopard. There is also a dinosaur park where you can admire life-sized models of dinosaurs.

2. Lago Maggiore, the cross-border lake

The beautiful Lago Maggiore is on the border of Italy with Switzerland. After Lake Garda, it is Italy’s most visited lake. The beautiful lake is completed by the impressive nature and charming villages surrounding it.

Lago Maggiore

The lake’s blue water sparkles against the grey of the surrounding mountains, which look like they all have different colours due to the special light that shines on them. The result is the stuff of fairy tales.

Lago Maggiore has gradually sloping beaches and transparent water where the children can swim in peace. If they stop for a little while they might see fish swimming underneath them. That’s really special! The lake’s clear water is also greatly appreciated by divers and snorkelers.

In the middle of Lago Maggiore there are the Borromean islands, which you can already see from the shore. These charming little islands are definitely worth a visit. Various boats go to from the Stresa port to the Isola Madre, Isola Pescatori, and Isola Bella.

Isola Bella

As its name suggests, Isola Bella is one of the most beautiful Borromean islands. Stroll through the narrow, steep streets, past souvenir shops and tiny bars and visit Palazzo Borromeo. In this beautifully decorated palace you can admire the splendour of Italian nobility. It’s a nice outing for both parents and children. The little ones will be impressed by the palace and the boat trip.

There’s a lot more to be experienced in the area surrounding Lago Maggiore. How do you feel about climbing in the Gordola Adventure Park? Or maybe visit the park Villa Pallavicini in Stresa. Among ancient trees, roses, azaleas and magnolias, there is also a small zoo with deer, lama, and peacocks.

Another good idea is a day spent in the Safaripark Pombia, where you drive your car among the wild animals. Take your whole family on an adventure and come face to face with hippos, giraffes, and monkeys. In addition to the safari area, there is also an aquarium, a centre for reptiles, and a dinosaur park that is a must-see. Tip: Put aside a whole day for a visit to this park so as to be sure you can see everything.

3. Lake Idro, small and charming

The small Lake Idro is a great option for lovers of peace and space. The approximately 11 km long Lake Idro (Lago d’Idro) is about an hour away from Lake Garda and is surrounded by high mountains and vast forests.

Lake Idro

The green-blue and pure lake has not yet been discovered by mass tourism, and remains a well-kept secret for many water sport and nature lovers. You’re in a haven of peace between the green mountains covered in woods. You can dive into the lake with your children. The water temperature reaches 24° C in high season. Thanks to the constant wind, the lake is also ideal for those who love sailing and surfing. The nice breeze makes sure that it never gets too hot, but it always stays warm enough to sit in the sun.

Have you had enough of the beach? Visit nearby Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. Tell your children the romantic story of Romeo and Juliet during a visit to Juliet’s house, which is now a museum. You can go stand on the famous balcony and take a photo. Your children will be fascinated by the moving story of the two lovers.

The balcony of Romeo and Juliet

When in Verona, you must visit the Arena! This Roman amphitheatre is used from June until August for opera concerts. Outside the opera season, the Arena is open for visitors. Your children will love to run around in this impressive amphitheatre. Climb the steps all the way to the top and enjoy the beautiful view. While visiting and walking through the city, take breaks on the terraces and have delicious Italian ice cream. The children will be thrilled.

After a culture day spent in Verona, it is once again the children’s turn. Take them to Gardaland, the largest amusement park in Italy. It takes about an hour driving from Idro to this spectacular park where different shows can be seen every day, such as a show with dolphins and a knights tournament.

Young children can have fun in a separate theme village, and older children can get an adrenaline kick from such exciting attractions as the Magic Mountain, Raptor, and Mammut. A great day out for everybody!

Camping on the shores of the best Italian lakes

Ronella van der Burgt
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  • Ronella loves to discover new towns and cities by taking city trips. Her favourite holiday is one that has a little beach, a little culture, a little architecture and a little gastronomy and she considers Spain and Italy her favourite destinations. She's never afraid to share tips when she finds a great restaurant, beautiful beach or campsite close to a nice town or city.

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