Bergamo: Situated 30 kilometers from Lake Como, this northern Italian town in the heart of Lombardy is split into two parts linked by a funicular -- the historic Città Alta (upper town) and the modern Città Bassa (lower town).
Bergamo: Piazza Vecchia, a café clad square in the center of Città Alta, is surrounded with elegant architecture such as Palazzo Nuovo and Torre del Campanone, which showcase Bergamo's storied past.
Lecco: Located on the southern tip of Lake Como, this bustling industrial center is popular with nature lovers.
Lecco: The Basilica of the city is dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of Lecco, and there's also a golden statue of the religious figure just off the shore.
Varenna: This picturesque lakeside village on the eastern shore of Lake Como impresses with its traditional fishermen's houses, stone lakeside paths and intricate iron-wrought terrace gates.
Varenna: Popular activities here include exploring the hiking and mountain bike trails of nearby Esino valley, or simply unwinding by the lake.
Lovere: Eighteenth-century writer Lady Wortley Montagu once described this Italian town on the northern shore of Lake Iseo as "the most romantic place I have ever seen."
Lovere: The promenade here, which is full of impressive villas and palaces, offers great views of Lake Iseo.
Sirmione: This tiny town on the shores of Lake Garda is known for its thermal waters as well as its beautiful beaches, which are filled with rock formations.
Sirmione: Located in the province of Brescia, Sirmione is also home to the well-preserved castle Rocca Scaligera, which was built near the end of the 12th century.
Mantova: Surrounded by three artificial lakes, Mantovais known as La Bella Addormentata ("the sleeping beauty," as little has changed here since medieval times.
Mantova: Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the town has many scenic squares including Piazza Sordello, which is its oldest.