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Italian Lakes

Italian Lake holidays


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.

Where to go in Italian Lakes

Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore, named ‘Verbana' after the flowers that bloom in the region by the locals, is regarded as the most scenic of the Italian Lakes; the Lake's translucent quality is attributed to the tears of unrequited lovers and romantic poets.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian Lakes and stretches sinuously from the Italian Plains towards the Dolomites.

Lake Como

Lake Como, enclosed by rugged peaks, the sloping foothills of the Alps and cosmopolitan lakeside towns of Varenna, Como, Belaggio and Menaggio, is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy.

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Top itineraries in Italian Lakes

Northern Italy and the Lakes

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,290 pp incl. flights

Calm blue lakes, snow-crested mountains, grandiose villas and some of Italy's finest Belle Époque hotels provide the backdrop to this 12-day tailor-made driving holiday through beautiful northern Italy.

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Top places to stay in Italian Lakes

Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort, Lake Garda


This large, smart hotel looks out over mature trees, lawns and ornamental lakes to Lake Garda and offers excellent dining and activities.

Grand Hotel Gardone Riviera


Grand Hotel Gardone was Lake Garda's first hotel. This elegant four-star property has been welcoming guests through its doors since 1884. Classically styled rooms offer comfort and a touch of class, but it's the breathtaking lake views that are this hotels real attraction.

Astoria Hotel, Lake Maggiore, Italy


The Hotel Astoria is a modern, comfortable hotel with spacious lounges and a rooftop terrace with a wonderful panorama over the Borromean islands. Enjoy dining with views that overlook a fountain and the beautiful Lake Maggiore that stretches into Alpine Switzerland.

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