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Italian Lakes

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.

Special offers in Italian Lakes

Lake Garda, Verona and North Italy

12-day stay & cruise from £2,970 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Prefix a luxury river and coastal cruise through the gems of Northern Italy with stays among Verona's history and Lake Garda's natural beauty.

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Top itineraries in Italian Lakes

Northern Italy and the Lakes

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,305 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, Verona and North Italy

12-day stay & cruise from £2,970 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
offer

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Prefix a luxury river and coastal cruise through the gems of Northern Italy with stays among Verona's history and Lake Garda's natural beauty.

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Top places to stay in Italian Lakes

Grand Hotel Majestic, Lake Maggiore

Grand & elegant hotel

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

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.

Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort, Lake Garda

Accommodation

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

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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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Italian Lakes articles

Vintage travel posters to inspire wanderlust

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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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0796 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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