The enchanting Italian Lakes region of northern Italy is located on the border with Switzerland in the beautiful pre-alpine foothills of Lombardy. Set between the Alps and the Dolomites, the Lakes are just half an hour from bustling Milan.
The most popular lakes are Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. Together their rich, blue glacial waters, ornamental gardens, ancient villas and backdrop of snow-capped mountains have entranced and inspired visitors for centuries.
The Lakes have attracted artists, poets and musicians, from Verdi to Byron, as well as numerous celebrities, including George Clooney and Madonna, who have made the Italian Lakes their homes.
The best Lake hotels can be found along the scenic shoreline, or inland in one of the many elegant towns.
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The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
Hot from June-September, especially in the south. Mountain regions are cool with heavy snow in winter.
Italy has many festivals, some of religious and historic significance, others of music and the arts. Events in the Roman Catholic calendar are of central importance, notably Easter and Christmas. Holy Week is celebrated in the week before Easter across the country, but with particular enthusiasm in Sicily. The Venice Carnevale, which takes place prior to Ash Wednesday, is a colourful event, featuring the famous masked balls.
Pasta, pizza, risotto, minestre (soups) and meat dishes can be found all over Italy, but regions specialise in dishes based on local produce. Risottos are a northern dish, a classic example is risotto alla milanese (with saffron and white wine). Liguria is famous for pesto sauce made from local basil, Tuscany for bean soups and bistecca alla fiorentina (massive T-bone steaks grilled over charcoal), Umbria for truffles, Naples for pizzas. The many regional wines are of international quality.
Slapping your raised arm on the inside of the elbow, and thumbing your nose, are very offensive gestures. The Roman Catholic Church is a major influence and family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe.
(And distances from nearest city) Rome, Fiumicino (FCO) 26 km, Bologna (BLQ) 6 km, Genoa (GOA) 6km, Milan, Malpensa (MXP) 45 km, Milan - Linate (LIN) 10 km, Naples (NAP) 7 km, Pisa (PSA) 2 km, Palermo (PMO) 30 km, Turin (TRN) 30 km, Venice (VCE) 10 km.
Italian railways and buses run a nationwide network at reasonable fares. Roads are often congested.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Italian Lakes. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Italian Lakes. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Italian Lakes, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
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