Here you can download a detailed digital map of Northern Italian Lakes PDF - (7MB): Lakes Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Varese and Lake Como.
The map is large (29cm x 42cm – 11,41in x 16,53in) and quite detailed.
You can upload it onto your smartphone, so you can use it off-line for crossing the area by bike or by car.
Northern Italian Lake District
The Northern Italian Lake District stretches across Northern Italy and partly across Switzerland.
It lies on the Southern most end of the Alps, in the area among Lombardy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy) and Canton of Ticino (Italian speaking part of Switzerland). The land around the southern ends of the glacial lakes is relatively flat, but the northern ends are hilly and mountainous, as the glacial lakes reach deep into the Swiss-Italian Pre-Alps.
Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Varese, Como
The four most important lakes are Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Varese and Como.
They are Pre-alpine basins hollowed out by the slow and incessant erosion of ancient glaciers. Between and around there are several minor lakes such as Orta and Mergozzo, West of Lake Maggiore, Monate and Comabbio, South of Lake Varese, and Ganna, Ghirla and Brinzio midway between Varese and Lake Lugano.
There are also others minor lakes such as Pusiano, Alserio, Annone, Garlate, Segrino and Montorfano, South of Lake Como.
Learn more: Northern Italian Lakes
The Lake District has good climatic conditions. April, May, June, September and October are the ideal months for a cycling trip. The weather is ideal and you’ll avoid the heat and extra tourist traffic of peak summer. The mild climate of the lakes is attributable to the particular topography of the territory, with the Alps and the Pre-Alps to the North, valleys and plains to the South.
Tourist attractions Map of the Northern Italian Lake District
To help you make the most of your stay on Northern Italian Lakes we have put together a guide, packed full of information about all the tourist attractions to see during your holiday.
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