A really nice place to be on weekends is Lake Garda (Gardasee in German or Lago di garda in Italian). I was there almost 100 times and I can never get enough.
The lake is fascinating and the small villages with its cute shops and good restaurants makes it even more special. If you are in the northern part of Italy, you should definitely see it. In the following photos you will see why I am so amazed by this place.