One of the many advantages of Milan is its strategic location and ease of connection with the rest of the peninsula and Europe.
It is said that Milan is the metropolis that "never stops" but finding the calm of nature and the coolness of
the beautiful lakes of Lombardy is easier than you might think!
Perfect for a trip out of town for our students, about an hour from Milan, there are many places to visit and in which to spend moments of relaxation surrounded by nature and why not, taking a nice swim in the lake!
Although Lombardy is one of the few Italian regions not to have the good fortune to be wet from the sea, it
has the largest number of lakes: Lake Garda, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lecco, Lake Iseo, Lake Varese.
All easily accessible, to spend a wonderful trip out of town or a weekend of nature, sun, sport and culture.
We have visited almost all of them with our students during this hot summer in Milan and here is some
information and advice for you!
Famous worldwide for its extraordinary landscapes and its exclusive locations, Lake Como attracts
thousands of tourists every year.
It is the third-largest Italian lake and the charming villages that surround it (such as Bellagio, Varenna,
Tremezzo, Cernobbio, Menaggio) make it even more unique.
You can visit the town of Como and Villa Olmo and other wonderful villas such as Villa Carlotta or Villa del
Balbianello. Not to be missed is a boat trip to Bellagio, which divides the lake in two, and perhaps visit Villa
Melzi and its gardens.
For a nice swim, there are many beaches such as Ossuccio, next to the Comacina Island, Argegno, a small
town with a free beach or just before Laglio, perfect for a swim admiring Villa Oleandra, home of George
Lake Garda, with its 360 km² is the largest lake in Italy, rich in charming villages and towns.
It is also a perfect destination for those who love sports or simply want to enjoy a day of sun and relax.
For example, Tremonise, with its panoramic terraces, from which you can have breathtaking views
overhanging the blue waters; or Riva del Garda and its beautiful lakeside promenade among olive trees,
cypresses, oleanders, palms and magnolias leading to the historic center.
For those who love sports, the choice is wide, from trekking to water sports.
If you are looking for beaches, they are found mainly in Torbole, Riva del Garda and Limone,
Desenzano del Garda or Lazise.
Don't miss Stresa, with its beautiful lakefront dotted with large Liberty-style hotels.
It is possible to take the boat and visit the Borromean Islands: the gardens and palaces of Isola Bella, Isola
Madre and the village on Isola dei Pescatori, but there are ferries that also stop there from Arona, Angera
The Borromean Islands are a real treasure "hidden" in the waters of the lake, they represent the harmony
between man, nature and art. The Borromeo palace on Isola Bella is full of artworks and sculptures, with
a unique garden where you can find very special inhabitants: the white peacocks.
Among the towns on Lake Maggiore, Cannobio is also worth a visit: its waters are crystal clear and its
beaches ideal for relaxation.
And Arona, a beautiful city with a rich tourist offer: beautiful the city route, the visit to the fortress and
the monumental statue of San Carlone that you can visit to have a splendid panoramic view.
Lake Iseo is another ideal destination for a trip out of town.
The village of Sulzano with a nice walk starts from the port to get lost among the charm of the sixteenth-
century palaces and beautiful gardens at the water's edge.
Peschiera Maraglio, on the other hand, has been named one of the most beautiful villages in Italy for its
palaces and castles on Lake Iseo.
Pisogne, the first town in the province of Brescia on Lake Iseo, is home to the Goia beach, with a
sandy beach, a beautiful garden and even a beach volleyball court. For those who prefer free beaches,
there is the beach of Marone.
To discover the heart of Lake Iseo you must visit Monte Isola, the pearl of the area and the largest lake
island in Europe!
Thanks to its prestigious universities and academies, Milan is the elected place of education for numerous Italian and international students.
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