5 must-see views in the Italian lakes
If finding glorious views is the highlight of your holiday, the lakes of northern Italy – Garda, Como and Maggiore – have heaps to offer. Here are five of our favourites to add to your list.
MONTE BALDO, MALCESINE, LAKE GARDA
See Lake Garda from up high with a trip on the Monte Baldo cable car. Once you’ve twirled your way to the top – that’s right, the lift rotates on the way up – you’ll have sweeping views of Italy’s biggest lake, surrounded by dramatic mountains. Take a gentle stroll along the ridge to make the most of the scenery. And if you fancy a quicker route back down, you can paraglide from the peak.
VILLA BALBIANELLO, LAKE COMO
Once owned by eccentric billionaire Guido Monzoni, Villa Balbianello is now one of Lake Como’s most photographed sites – it’s even starred in films like Casino Royale and Star Wars. There are beautiful views galore here, of the 13th-century villa, vine-covered gallery and elaborate terraced gardens. But one of the best shots is from the boat on your way over.
SIRMIONE, LAKE GARDA
The Sirmione peninsula juts out from the southern edge of Lake Garda. Go to the very tip to see the turquoise waters and golden rocks of Jamaica Beach, and take in panoramic views across the lake, from Peschiera on one side to Desenzano on the other.
MOTTARONE MOUNTAIN, STRESA, LAKE MAGGIORE
Catch the cable car up from Stresa to the Mottarone peak, and gaze out at not just one, but seven lakes. You can even see across the border into Switzerland. On a clear day, there’s no better bird’s-eye view of Lake Maggiore’s Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Pescatori.
SCALIGER CASTLE, MALCESINE, LAKE GARDA
Get the best view of one of Lake Garda’s prettiest towns from the tower of its famous castle. It’s perched high on a rock on the shore, so you’ll feel on top of the world as you look down at the maze of narrow cobbled streets, terracotta rooftops and lively harbour.
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