Lake Misurina is the largest natural lake of the Cadore and it is 1,754  m above sea level, near Auronzo di Cadore in the Belluno Province. The lake's perimeter is 2.6 km long, while the maximum depth is 5 m. Near the lake there are about ten hotels with accommodation for around 500 people. The particular climatic characteristics of the area around the lake, make particularly good air for those who have respiratory diseases. Near the lake is the only center in Italy for the care of childhood asthma. The lake was the theme of a famous song by Claudio Baglioni. Lake Misurina is also the theme of the theatrical representation of the Longane di Lozzo. Lake Misurina is where the speed skating events were held during the 1956 Winter Olympics of Cortina d'Ampezzo – the last time Olympic speed skating events were held on natural ice. Misurina lies on the route of the Dolomites Gold Cup Race.

There are at least two different legends associated with Lake Misurina.

In the first one, which was also made famous by a song named "Sabato pomeriggio" by Claudio Baglioni, Misurina is a little capricious and spiteful girl who lives literally held in the palm of the hand of her gigantic father, the king Sorapiss that, to fulfill another desire and obtain for her the magic mirror from the Queen of Monte Cristallo, he is transformed into a mountain. During the last stages of the transformation he sees his daughter fall and her tears flow like rivers and form the lake beneath which his daughter will forever lie with the magic mirror.

In the second one, Mesurina (who is later nicknamed) is a daughter of wealthy merchants from Venice who send her away in the mountains by her father anxious not to fulfill a prophecy that would see the girl give away all their possessions. Following some tragic amorous events than vaguely reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, the girl dies, and she is recognized on the point of death by a lover whom she met in bloom and from whom she was brought away by deception from the stables of his father and a servant sent by him.

Veneto Region,, Lakes of Italy,


Monte Isola e il Lago dIseo

Lake Iseo or Lago d'Iseo or Sebino is the fourth largest lake in Lombardy, Italy, fed by the Oglio river. It is in the north of the country in the Val Camonica area, near the cities of Brescia and Bergamo. The lake is almost equally divided between the Provinces of Bergamo and Brescia. Northern Italy is renowned for its heavily industrialised towns and in between there are several stunning lakes. Lake Iseo remains one of outstanding natural beauty, with its lush green mountains surrounding the crystal clear lake. There are several medieval towns around the lake, the largest being Iseo and Sarnico. These are filled with bars, shops, cafes, hotels, B&B's and several campsites running alongside the lake shore. The Franciacorta wine region, just minutes away from the lake produces some of the worlds finest sparkling wines. The road north to Switzerland used to run along the side of the lake, and stories about entire families being swallowed up by the murky waters abound. A much safer road, carved into the side of the mountains, now exists. In the middle of the lake is Monte Isola (or Montisola). There is easy access via the regular running lake ferries.

Around the shore of the lake are a number of small towns:- On the Brescian side:

  • Iseo
  • Pilzone
  • Sulzano
  • Marone
  • Sale Marasino
  • Pisogne
  • Paratico
  • Clusane

On the Bergamo side:

  • Sarnico
  • Predore
  • Tavernola Bergamasca
  • Riva di Solto
  • Castro
  • Lovere
  • and on Montisola (Province of Brescia):
  • Peschiera Maraglio
  • Siviano, Sensole and Carzano
  • Cure

Two smaller islands, Loreto and San Paolo, are privately owned.

Geography,, lago Iseo,


lago maggiore

Lake Maggiore is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino. Located halfway between Lake Orta and Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore extends for about between Locarno and Arona. The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with many gardens growing rare and exotic plants. Well-known gardens include those of the Borromean and Brissago Islands, that of the Villa Taranto in Verbania, and the Alpinia botanical garden above Stresa.

Lake Maggiore is 64.37 kilometers / 34¾ nautical miles long, and wide, except at the bay opening westward between Pallanza and Stresa, where it is wide. It is the longest Italian lake, although Lake Garda has a greater area. Its mean height above the sea level is 193 metres; a deep lake, its bottom is almost everywhere below sea-level: at its deepest, 179 metres below. Its form is very sinuous, so that there are few points from which any considerable part of its surface can be seen at a single glance. If this lessens the effect of the apparent size, it increases the variety of its scenery. While the upper end is completely alpine in character, the middle region lies between hills of gentler form, and the lower end advances to the verge of the plain of Lombardy.this paragraph is taken largely verbatim from John Ball, The Alpine Guide, Central Alps, 1856, p. 306 Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three great southern pre alpine lakes, the others being Lake Como and Lake Garda. The lake basin has tectonic-glacial origins and its volume is . The lake has a surface area of about , a maximum length of (on a straight line) and, at its widest, is . Its main tributaries are the Ticino, the Maggia, the Toce (by which it receives the outflow of Lake Orta) and the Tresa (which is the sole emissary of Lake Lugano). The rivers Verzasca, Giona, and Cannobino also flow into the lake. Its outlet is the Ticino which, in turn, joins the river Po just south-east of Pavia. The lake’s jagged banks are surrounded by the Pennine, Lepontine and Lugano Alps. Prominent peaks around the lake are the Gridone, Monte Tamaro, Monte Nudo and the Mottarone. The highest mountain overlooking Lake Maggiore is Monte Rosa (4,634 m), located about 50 km west of it. The western bank is in Piedmont (provinces of Novara and Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola) and the eastern in Lombardy (province of Varese), whereas the most northerly section extends thirteen kilometres into the canton of Ticino, where it constitutes its lowest point above sea-level as well as that of Switzerland. The culminating point of the lake's drainage basin is the Grenzgipfel summit of Monte Rosa at 4,618 metres above sea level.

Geography,, Lago Maggiore,


lago dorta

Lake Orta (Italian: Lago d’Orta) is a lake in northern Italy west of Lake Maggiore. It has been so named since the 16th century, but was previously called the Lago di San Giulio, after Saint Julius (4th century), the patron saint of the region; Cusio is a merely poetical name. Its southern end is about 20 km by rail NW of Novara on the main Turin-Milan line, while its north end is about  30 km by rail south of the Gravellona-Toce railway station, half-way between Ornavasso and Omegna. Its scenery is characteristically Italian, while the San Giulio island has some very picturesque buildings, and takes its name from the local saint, Julius of Novara, who lived in the 4th century. Located around the lake are Orta San Giulio, built on a peninsula projecting from the east shore of the lake, Omegna at its northern extremity, Pettenasco to the east, and Pella to the west. It is supposed that the lake is the remnant of a much larger sheet of water by which originally the waters of the Toce flowed south towards Novara. As the glaciers retreated the waters flowing from them sank, and were gradually diverted into Lake Maggiore.

Geography,, Lago d'Orta,

Places to Explore in Italy

Travel Guide to the Lakes of Italy

Lake Garda Italy's Largest Lake

LAKE GARDA | ITALY Lago di Garda is Italy's largest natural lake. The eastern shore of Lake Garda is in the province of Verona, and province of Trento.  The eastern shore is bordered by the mountain chain of Monte Baldo that  runs parallel to the Lake and separates the it from the Adige Valley.  Monte Baldo, which is accessible from Malcesine on a modern cableway and is a popular spot with Summer vacationers and naturalists. It is also an important winter resort with modern hotels and sports facilities. Toward the south, Baldo slopes toward the valleys of Ca­prino and Garda, where the line of morainic hills begins and the wine zones.  Malcesine, Brenzone, San leno di Montagna, Torri, Garda, Bardo­lino, Lazise, and Peschiera are the principal tourist centers; how­ever others are being developed at a rapid rate. Val di Sogno, Punta di San Vigilio, and Golfo di Garda offer the most impressive views.  Bardolino once a prehistoric lake village that later became Roman,  and was surrounded by walls (no longer existing) by the Scaligeri rulers. Famous for the wine that bears its name, it also has several very interesting medieval monuments like the Ro­manesque Church of S. leno, which is from the Longobard period. The Church of S. Maria, in the district of Cisano, dates back to the 8th century. Bardolino is a tourist resort at the height of development TOWNS AROUND LAKE GARDA Brenzone is located in the center part of the Garda basin and its territory is covered by a dense olive grove. The districts on the lake - Assenza, Porto, Magugnano, Marniga, Castelletto - are peaceful and picturesque tourist centers. It has good hotel facili­ties. On the shore road is the Romanesque Church of S. Leno. Garda has very old origins and was elevated to an Earldom by Charlemagne. For a long time it had jurisdiction over the entire lake. In the narrow streets and along the lake are several typical constructions like the loggia of the 16th-century Palazzo Carlotti (now Pincini) and the Gothic House of the Capitano. In the ex col­legiate church there are a loggia and fragments of Longobard sculpture. The very large park of Villa Albertini is truly stupendous. In San Vigilio, one of the most charming spots on the lake, is' Villa Guarienti, which was built in the 16th century. Garda is a' tourist resort that is at the height of development. Lazise is still surrounded by walls and cren­elated towers. The Scaligeri Castle is one of the most typical and picturesque medieval monuments in the Garda zone. Near the port that is extremely picturesque is the Romanesque Church of San Nicolo (12th cent.) and the Venetian customs house. It is already a tourist resort with good hotel facilities. Malcesine is located in a charming location amid olive trees and gardens and dominated by Monte Baldo, the town has a typical medieval nucleus and a Scaliger castle (13th-14th cenU with a tower that offers a stupendous view of the lake. Also noteworthy is the Palazzo dei Capitani (15th cent.). An ideal vacation resort in constant expansion along the lake and toward the mountain, Malcesine is the point of departure for the new Monte Baldo ca­bleway that climbs to an altitude of 1,748 meters. Peschiera del Garda is located at the southeastern tip of the lake, where the Mincio flows into it. Peschiera was founded by the Roman Arilica and during the Middle Ages on was a very important fortress. It has Venetian and Austrian walls surrounded by a moat and, along with Verona, Mantua, and Legnago, was one of the strongholds of the Austrian « quadrilateral» (1815-1866). San Zeno di Montagna. The town is like a balcony overlooking tne lake and it has many meadows and woods. It is popular for winter' sports that are practiced in the locality of Costabella and for inter­esting excursions to the Monte Baldo chain, which is famous for the variety of its rich flora and the numerous rare species to be found. On the eastern side of Baldo are Ferrara di Monte Baldo, Spiazzi ­where there is a view of the Adige Valley from the celebrated Sanc­tuary of the Madonna delia Corona - and Caprino Veronese. Torri del Benaco. The town corresponds to the Roman Castrum Turrium and still has a part of the old walls and the castle with courtyards and crenelated towers rebuilt in 1383 by the Scaligers. There are old streets and a port that give it a quaint appearance, and it is sourrounded by olive trees, gardens and parks with villas and hotels. A stupendous scenic road climbs to Albisano (309 m.) and to San Zeno di Montagna (583 m.).   Riva del Garda | Trento Province Sirimone | Brescia Province  

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