The majority of the lakes in Italy are in the north. However, there are quite a few in the south as well. The ten largest lakes are the following:
- Lake Garda
- Lake Maggiore
- Lake Como
- Lake Trasimeno
- Lake Bolsena
- Lake Iseo (Lago d’Iseo)
- Lake Bracciano (Lago di Bracciano)
- Lake Lugano (Lago di Lugano)
- Lake Omodeo (Lago Omodeo)
- Lago d’Orta
1. Lake Garda
Out of these top 10 largest lakes, Lake Garda is the largest, with a surface area of surface area of about 143 square miles (370 square kilometers)! The deepest point in Lake Garda is 1,135 feet (346 meters). Lake Garda is located in northern Italy and borders Lombardy (southwest and west), Veneto (east and southeast), and Trentino-Alto Adige (north). Lake Garda is stunning and almost looks like the ocean in certain areas!
2. Lake Maggiore
The second largest lake is the captivating Lake Maggiore, which has a maximum depth of 1,220 feet. It is Italy’s longest lake, spreading 40 miles (64 kilometers)! This lake is located below the alps in northern Italy. An interesting aspect of this lake is that while 80% is located in Italy, the lake also is in Switzerland. It is the largest lake in Switzerland.
3. Lake Como
When many individuals think about the lakes in Italy, the picturesque Lake Como instantly comes to mind. Located in Lombardy, Lake Como has a surface area of 56 square miles (146 square kilometers). It is one of Italy’s deepest lakes, measuring 425 meters (1,394 feet) deep. It is also one of the clearest lakes in the country due to its depth.
4. Lake Trasimeno
Lake Trasimeno measures 49 square miles (127 sq. km) and has a maximum depth of 20 feet (6 meters), making it much more shallow than the previous lakes discussed. It is the largest lake in southern Italy, and it is located in the Umbria region.
5. Lake Bolsena
Last but certainly not least is Lake Bolsena, Italy’s fifth-largest lake. It is located in central Italy and has an area of 44 square miles (114 sq. km). The most interesting fact about Lake Bolsena is that it is in the crater of an extinct volcano! The maximum depth is 151 m (495 ft).