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.
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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.
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Top places to stay in Italian Lakes
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 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.
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