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Italian Lakes see + do
The Italian Lakes all offer similar distractions—lakeside villas and gardens, gorgeous landscapes, and the tranquil life of small towns—but on different scales. Lake Como is the largest and most visited of the lakes. The town of Como on the lake's southwestern tip is the unofficial capital of the district and generally the first place you hit coming north from Milan or Malpensa airport. Visitors flock to Lake Maggiore mainly to wander the villas, gardens, and fishing villages of the Isole Borromee, a trio of islands just offshore from Stresa. Lake Garda marks the eastern edge of the district and offers Roman ruins on its southern end and some of Europe's best windsurfing around Riva del Garda at the north end. Smaller Lake Iseo and Lake Orta have fewer visitable villas but also far smaller crowds.