Between the foothills of the Alps in the north of Italy, you'll find the district known as the Italian Lakes. Stretching from Lake Maggiore to Lake Garda, this area also includes lots of smaller lakes in the surrounding region, one of the most beautiful places in the world.
At Lake Maggiore, discover a relaxed atmosphere and the spectacular Borromean Islands, where grand villas form a perfect backdrop for photographs. Then there is Lake Como, where pretty villages kiss the shores of the lake and pine-covered mountains touch the sky. Expect fine dining with celebrated wines, fantastic fishing opportunities, great hikes, and lovely architecture.
The Italian Lakes are a year-round destination as each season offers something different. In the summer, you'll find weather that is perfect for sunbathing and swimming with average daily temperatures ranging from 20-30 degrees celsius.
In the spring, light showers bring blossoming flowers and rich greenery for another touch of romance. Autumn brings a dash of extra colour with leaves turning from green to red, whilst the mountain peaks turn white with snow. In winter, snowfall transforms the entire area into a winter wonderland.
Enjoy candlelit dinners on the shores of Lake Como and try popular Italian dishes, like barbecued meats and wood cooked pizzas. With fresh seafood, authentic pasta, and indulgent desserts, fine dining at the Italian Lakes is world-class.
Pair your gourmet meals with some of the finest wines of the region. Sip a crisp white wine with a classic carbonara, or sample a full-bodied, fruity red with a juicy steak. Then top it off with some homemade gelato.
You should carry identification with you at all times and keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders don't need a visa to enter Italy. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.