The mission of the Gestione Navigazione Laghi is to provide mobility for anyone who needs to move around within the territories of the Maggiore, Garda and Como lakes.
The Gestione Navigazione Laghi has been active for more than 50 years in pursuit of this goal, ensuring - through its own fleet of over 90 vessels - connections for 365 days a year.
The scheduled public transport on the Maggiore, Garda and Como lakes is carried out with the aim of offering an efficient and comfortable service to the complete satisfaction of users’ needs and at the same time it is based on respecting the environment and enhancing those territories in which the Gestione Navigazione Laghi operates. The service, in fact, affects many centres of natural and cultural significance in the Regions of Piedmont, Lombardy and Veneto, as well as the Autonomous Province of Trento and the Canton Ticino for that part of Lake Maggiore which is in the territory of the State of Switzerland.
The main locations of the lakes are connected by a widespread vessel service, carried out by motorboat, using the services of fast hydrofoils and catamarans that can significantly reduce travel times and lastly by ferryboat car transport services, which sail between Intra and Laveno for Lake Maggiore, Toscolano-Maderno and Torri del Benaco besides Limone and Malcesine for Lake Garda and the four towns of Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio and Cadenabbia on Lake Como.
The Gestione Navigazione Laghi, also considers the improvement of services provided to users as a priority, and whilst maintaining optimum levels of safety provided, it strives to modernize its fleet by adapting it to the highest on-board comfort. At the moment a ferryboat for Lake Maggiore and two passenger ferries that will take up service on Lake Como and Lake Garda are being built.
The Gestione Navigazione Laghi is a Governmental Authority established by Law no. 614/57 through which the legislator has entrusted the handling of the shipping lines to an Official of the State Administration appointed by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport. This task is currently assigned to Dr. Renato Poletti.
The Company operates through a General Directorate located in Milan that manages institutional relations with the higher-ranked Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and acts as coordinator of the three dependant operational Departments located respectively at Arona for Lake Maggiore, Desenzano for Lake Garda and Como for the same-named lake.
To date, the Gestione Navigazione Laghi, during the months of peak activity employs up to 650 people, divided between administrative staff, construction - located at the 4 yards of Arona, Peschiera del Garda, Como and Dervio, which are provided with advanced design facilities and technological systems for the shipbuilding industry - and traffic movement personnel.