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Lake Maggiore    

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Lake Maggiore

Piedmont, Italy

It's been the muse for writers from Flaubert to Hemingway. Gaze into the deep, limpid waters of Lake Maggiore and you, too, may compose a masterpiece. Part of northern Italy's famous Lake District, this is Italy's longest lake. Shaped like a dangling ribbon, Maggiore stretches 42 miles, but measures only 2 to 3 miles wide. The Alps flank its pine-covered banks in the north, while in the south the lake rolls into the plains of Lombardy.

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