These great expanses of water, bound to the north by high mountains and stretching down towards the Lombardy Plain, all resulted from glacial activity. While this guide focuses primarily on walking the Italian Lakes, you can gain huge satisfaction from touring the Italian Lakes by car as well. Whether on foot or by car, you will discover timeless hill villages, ancient mule tracks and panoramic mountain viewpoints.
Area covered: While the term ‘Italian Lakes’ generally refers to Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como and Lake Garda, there are many other, smaller lakes, some of which are included in this guide book.
The best months for walking the Italian Lakes are April, May, June and September.