ITALIAN LAKES

Posted by Adriaana on June 13, 2015 in: Places to visit tagged: Italian Lakes, italy, Europe
The Italian Lakes is a beautiful countryside that offers every visitor the most memorable vacation experience ever. Its untouched forests, rolling hills and valleys are filled with beautiful lakes of varied sizes. The district is home to five major lakes which include Lake Iseo, Lake Lugano and the most popular Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda. Italian Lakes District offers a lot of outdoor activities to all of its visitors, as there are lots of walking trails, Alpine skiing, cycle paths and horse riding. You can also decide to sunbath and try some water sports on its pristine beaches, wine and dine at any of its exquisite restaurant.

ISOLA BELLA


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Transformed from a rocky piece of land, which has been left idle for years into a beautiful garden by Borromeo family, Isola Bella is a very beautiful garden that lies off the coast of Stresa. The blossoming gardens are laced with several magnificently decorated buildings. At the Italian gardens, you will find sculptures, obelisks, terraces and parterres. Here you will find the ISola Bella Pallazo, often referred to as Palazzo Borromeo, a baroque building that houses several significant architectural works including tapestries, armor, antique furniture and finishes of marble, stuccos and statues. This building is considered by many as the most beautiful of all around Lake Maggiore. In the Galleria dei Quadri, you will find an exhibition of over 130 paintings and works of art done by Rubens, Paolo Veronese, Van Dyck and Titian.

SIRMIONE


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Located on a narrow peninsula, Sirmione is where you’ll get to see the Scaligera Castle which is bordered by old-fashioned alleyways. You can laze up in the sun on the beach or catch spectacular views of the lake from the terraces. The Grotte de Catullo, which is locared at the edge of the peninsular is where you will find the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, spanning 5 acres. Renowned for its thermal baths, hot springs and health centers, Sirmione is definitely a place worth visiting.

VILLA TARANTO GARDENS


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Built by Neil McEarcharn, a Scotsman Captain, in 1931, Villa Taranto Gardens are so beautiful and enchanting that no trip to Italian Lake would be considered complete without visiting this wonderful attraction. Here you will find different species of plants from different parts of the world. The gardens were donated to the Italian State and ever since, it has been open to locals and tourists alike from April to October every year. It is one of the best places to visit especially for nature lovers. The gardens are dotted with waterfalls, fountains, terraced gardens, pools and landscaped hedges. The lake is the major source of water for the irrigation system as well as the fountains.

VILLA CARLOTTA


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Covering a green space of 14 acres, Villa Carlotta is well known for its collection of great works of arts including Cupid and Psyche, The Last Kiss of Romeo and Juliet and pieces by Hayes, Canova and Thorwaldsen. There are three lovely walkways that can lead you from the villa to the lake. The villa is home to over 150 types of rhododendron, azaleas and camellia around fountains and statues. The garden also features over 800 different kinds of plant and animals. Villa Carlotta is open to the public at specific periods of the year from March to November and offers a wide range of lovely activities, tours and performances.
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