The Italian Lakes

There are five major lakes in the Italian lake district – from west to east: Lakes Maggiore, Lugano, Como, Iseo and Garda – and each has its own particular character. Our tour touches each one of these lakes allowing you to appreciate.
From the centre attraction Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore to the glacial Swiss touch to Lake Lugano, the green wooded escarpments and backed by the snow-capped Alps of Lake Como, the stunning surrounds of Val Camonica at Lake Iseo and the rolling green hills and gardens, vineyards, lemon trees and olive groves of Lake Garda.. wetake you there..

"When you write the story of two happy lovers,
let the story be set on the banks of Lake Como"

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Franz Liszt

Lakes Facts

LAKE MAGGIORE
Second largest in Italy
Largest in southern Switzerland
3-5km wide & 65km long
Max depth 179m
LAKE LUGANO
Glacial lake, source Pizzo di Gino
Border of Switzerland & Italy
1km wide & 46km long
Max depth 288m
LAKE COMO
146 sq km in area
Third largest in Italy
Max depth 400m
Latine nam Larius
LAKE GARDA
Largest in Italy
16km wide, 52km long
Max depth 346m
Catchment 2350 sq km

Riding

The Lakes offer an array of riding from flat easy sealed bike tracks to smooth lakeside roads, steep climbs and rolling hills.
Best time of year is May, June, September and early October.
Weather is favourable during these times and stable.
Climbing can get cold around Lake Como and Lake Maggiore in spring / autumn months.

Lake Como & The Rich

When you make your billions and wonder where you need to be seen, Lake Como is it, you may just well end up being neighbours with one of these famous people:
George Clooney
Sting
Richard Branson
Brad Pitt
Donatella Versace
Madonna
Sylvester Stallone

Islands

One of the shining characteristics of the Italian Lakes are their islands and their mystery existence!
Lake Maggiore:
Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, Isolino di San Giovanni
Lake Como: Isola Comacina
Lake Iseo: Monte Isola, Isola del Loreto, Isola St. Paul
Lake Garda: Isola del Garda, Isola San Biagio, Isola dell'Olivo, Isola del Sogno

Lombardy Tour

The Giro di Lombardia - officially Il Lombardia and nicknamed the 'Classica delle foglie morte' (Classic of the falling (dead) leaves) being the most important Autumn classic on the UCI World Tour calendar. It's most famous climb is the Madonna del Ghisallo. Fausto Coppi holds the record for 5 victories (1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1954). The 2017 edition was won by Vincenzo Nibali.

Italian Lakes Islands

Mysterious Islands

Lombardia Cuisine

Risotto alla Milanese

Mountains

Protective Mountain Ranges

"Thanks to all the team for a great Italian Lakes Tour.
The variety in terrain was perfectly put together in a great itinerary
The hotels and restaurants were fabulous, every day was an experience!"

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Maria M.
(Argentina)

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