Lake Garda

Quick Facts: Lake Garda
Countries: Italy
Catchment area: 2.350 km²
Max. length: 52.6 km
Max width: 16.7 km
Surface area: 369.98 km²
Avg. Depth: 136 m
Max. depth: 346 m
Water volume: 50.35 km³
Primary inflows: Sarca River
Primary outflows: Mincio River

Lake Garda, also named Lago di Garda or Benaco in italian, is the largest lake in Italy. It lies at the foot of the central Alps, 65 miles (105 km) east of Milan. The lake is 32 miles (51 km) long and from 2 to 11 miles (3 to 18 km) wide. The Sarca River flows into it from the north; the lake’s outlet is the Mincio River at the southeastern end.

Bracketed by mountains to the north and rolling hills to the south, Lake Garda is renowned for its mild climate. A resort since the time of the Romans, who called it Lacus Benacus, it continues to support several resort towns.

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