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

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Smaller Lakes and Towns

While it is true that the lakes of Maggiore, Como and Garda are the best-developed and most obvious tourist destinations of the region, offering a wide range of accommodation and water-sports facilities, do not overlook the lesser-known lakes and towns of Lombardy. The museums of Bergamo, Mantua and others may not be as important as Milan’s, the villas less grand than Como’s, but a few days spent off the beaten path can offer a rewarding break from the crowds that throng Milan’s great sights and back up traffic for hours along the big three lakes.

1. Lake Orta

Great at all times of the year, this is the region’s westernmost ...

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