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.
Top itineraries in Italian Lakes
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.
Top places to stay in Italian Lakes
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.
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
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.
Where to go in Italian Lakes
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 is the largest of the Italian Lakes and stretches sinuously from the Italian Plains towards the Dolomites.
When to go to Italian Lakes
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.
Italian Lakes articles
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Meet our Italian Lakes experts
Speak to a tailor-made specialist on 020 7590 0796