National Geographic : 1968 Jul
Italy's Land of Lakes CARVED from the Alps, gemlike lakes glitter in the Italian boot top. Ice, gouging southward millions of years ago, scooped out their basins, and man came to settle their shores. In time he embel lished nature with the glories of Italian architecture. The region blends soaring peaks with lush Med iterranean vegetation. The waters of Lake Orta, westernmost of the sub-alpine lakes, flow north ward, eventually emptying into Maggiore, longest of the lakes. To the east of Lugano, almost entirely Swiss, sprawls three-pronged Como with its cele brated villas and resorts. Lakes Iseo and Idro, though smaller and less famous than their neigh bors, play host to almost as many visitors. Largest in area, Garda marks the eastern limit of Lom bardy's lake country.