Lake Idro

A gem in the north of Italy

Lake Idro (or Eridio) is formed by the waters of the Chiese River (which is also its emissary) and is the smallest of the large pre-Alpine lakes of glacial origin that lie at the bottom of the major Alpine valleys, near their opening onto the Po Valley. Its bigger brothers are the lakes Maggiori, Lugano, Como, Iseo and Garda: among all of them it has the supremacy of altitude, being at 368 meters above sea level, much higher than the others. Its surface area is 10.9 sq. km and reaches a maximum depth of 122m. It belongs entirely to the Province of Brescia, with the exception of a small portion on its northern shore, in the Municipality of Bondone, which is part of the Autonomous Province of Trento.

The lake, besides being an ideal place for sportspeople, is also an ideal place for lovers of peace and relaxation. Its position in the middle of the green mountains as well as the quality of its water make this lake a gem in the north of Italy.

The climate is ideal, no sultry days or oppressive heat, also thanks to the constant Ander wind (not annoying for the bathers and joy for sports lovers).
The water temperatures in the summer are pleasant (over 20° C) and you can swim in the lake until September.


Take a boat ride on Lake Idro to admire the beauties overlooking the lake and let yourself be lulled by the breeze.

Every Wednesday you can stop in Crone di Idro and visit a local market with about 70 stands. Alternatively you can stop at Baton Nature Reserve, which hosts rare and charming habitats, an ideal destination for walks through nature thanks to a network of paths and wooden walkways.
Once on the shore, a lunch based on lake fish is also recommended: in Ponte Caffaro, a hamlet of Bagolino, restaurants offer delicious golden fried perch fillets.
Here is the timetable of the boat rides on Lake Idro: the complete tour around the lake lasts about two hours.
You can take your bike with you.