Dotted with picturesque, palatial villas and rolling hills, the Italian Lakes is an area of renowned beauty. Relax on a beach by the side of a lake, meander around pretty Italian villages and hike the Alpine peaks. A luxury holiday in the Italian Lakes offers a scenic wonderland and the perfect getaway.
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, such as the illustrious Lake Como, one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The Italian Lakes are considered to be one of the nation's premier romantic destinations and a wonderful place to holiday. Within easy distance of Venice and Milan, Lake Garda is Italy's largest lake, where colourful towns line its bright waters. Families adore this destination because watersports are big here, and there are excellent attractions like the Gardaland amusement park and the cable car to the summit of Monte Baldo.
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, a favoured destination of the rich and famous, where pretty villages kiss the shores of the lake and pine-covered mountains touch the sky. You'll find the gorgeous village of Bellagio nestled here. Take the afternoon to explore this pearl of the Italian Lakes, as it is considered one of the most idyllic places in Italy. 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.