Italian Lakes

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Italian Lakes Money-Saving Tips

Getting around

You won’t need a car for shorter visits as freeways and roads around the lakes are often congested and hard to navigate. Take trains (well-priced in Italy) and lake ferries.

Be active

The Lakes may have attracted Europe’s great minds for centuries, but contemporary visitors are as likely to be lycra-clad and on a mountain bike. Hike, bike, or take to the water for windsurfing, sailing, or waterskiing.

Take an umbrella

July and August may be hot, but spectacular summer storms are common. Lake Garda and northern Lake Como are also known for their stiff, sailor-friendly breezes, so take a warm sweater.

Sensible shoes

A lot of walking around the lakes involves climbs: the best views often involve getting up high. Pack a pair of sensible walking shoes.

Leisurely lunching

Many churches and smaller stores will shut down midday for a couple of hours. Do as the Italians do and take time out for a long lunch.

Parla Inglese?

Used to tourism, locals know enough English to deal with non-Italian-speaking visitors – but make an effort to memorize a few key phrases out of respect (greetings, please, and thank-you). Don’t expect restaurant menus to be translated: the best won’t be.

August celebrations

The Italians celebrate their national day in mid-August, and the Swiss celebrate theirs on August 1. On the Swiss side in particular, firework displays are impressive. Lugano hosts a great display.

Lake swimming

Don’t just look at the lakes – swim in them! You’ll find endless sandy beach areas with safe swimming for kids and campsites right on the lake shore. Depending on the time of year, the water can be surprisingly warm.

Jazz it up

June is jazz month in quaint Ascona, as it hosts the largest New Orleans-themed jazz festival outside of the U.S. The lakeside location is stunning, the line-up is impressive, and the cost next to nothing.

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