Mirror-smooth lakes surrounded by soaring, snowcapped peaks provide a setting reminiscent of the Norwegian Fjords, yet with a distinctly Mediterranean culture. Charming medieval villages are laced with narrow cobbled walkways that open out to small sun-splashed plazas. Along the lakeshores, opulent villas with lush, manicured gardens invoke the luxury of ages past. Throughout history, the beauty of the lakes has inspired musicians, artists, and writers including Wagner, Verdi, Da Vinci, Cristo, Hemmingway and Virgil.
Kayaking to Varenna, Lago Como