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Top 10 Milan & The Lakes by Roberta Kedzierski, Reid Bramblett

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Lake Maggiore

The westernmost of Italy’s great lakes straddles the Lombardy-Piedmont border and pokes its head into Switzerland. The southern half was, from the 15th century, a fiefdom of the powerful Borromeo clan. Maggiore’s development as a holiday retreat for Europeans began in 1800 when Napoleon’s Simplon highway from Geneva to Milan skirted its shores. Maggiore has fewer resorts than Garda and is not as breathtakingly pretty as Como. While the triplet Borromean Islands are stunning, few of Maggiore’s other diversions can compare. Still, all this can play in Maggiore’s favour if you’re looking to avoid the over-development of Garda and the ...

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