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Italian Lake holidays

Introduction

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.

Top itineraries in Italian Lakes

Northern Italy and the Lakes

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,535 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 tailor-made driving holiday through beautiful northern Italy. Its bookended by stays among Milan's ultra-fashionable repose and Verona's fabled past.

Lake Garda in Style

9-day itinerary from £1,140 pp incl. flights

Showcase the splendour of one of Italy's most beautiful lakes taking in the renaissance romance of Verona, before a week of lazing lake-side on the shores of the glittering Lake Garda.

Top places to stay in Italian Lakes

Grand Hotel Majestic, Lake Maggiore

Grand & elegant hotel from £770 pp incl. flights

As one of Condé Nast Traveler’s top 50 hotels in Italy, you can expect true lakeside luxury, evidenced across fine dining restaurants, the slice of private beach and delightful rooms.

Villa d’Este, Lake Como

Traditional hotel

This is your chance to enjoy palatial luxury in a property hailed as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes Travel

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Contemporary hotel from £1,195 pp incl. flights

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Como, Italy. The hotel faces directly onto Bellagio, where the two branches og the lake meet, against the backdrop of the Grigne Mountains.

Villa Cortine Palace, Lake Garda

Small & intimate hotel

This late 19th century villa was converted into a hotel in 1953, adding clay tennis court and poolside luxury to its original antique furnishings.

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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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When to go to Italian Lakes

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The pull to Italy’s enchanting northern lakes is indisputably stronger during the hot summer months. From May right through to September, endless sunshine paired with cooling dips in crystal clear waters make for an idyllic summer getaway. Alternatively, a trip during spring or autumn brings low season prices, moderate temperatures – perfect for intense sports in the beautiful natural surrounds – and all-round peace and quiet.

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Italian Lakes articles

  • Italy’s best self-drive holidays

    Italy specialist Victoria Jusko has collated this list of Italy’s ultimate driving holidays. And, along with the highlights of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, there are plenty of secrets to discover, too.

  • Italian Lakes in Focus

    From the vineyard lined shores of Garda to the glamorous towns of Como, discover why so many are fawning after an Italian Lake getaway this year.

  • Top 10 places to visit this autumn

    Whether it’s island relaxation in the sun or a Big-Five safari, this is a collection of our finest autumn escapes. There are also plenty of insiders’ tips, including America’s secret ‘fall foliage’.

  • Vintage travel posters that have stood the test of time

    We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.

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