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Northern Italy & the Lakes

Spectacular cities & alpine delights

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Introduction

That great crumple in Southern Europe’s tectonic geography – the Alps – spills down into northern Italy, leaving a picture-perfect landscape of shimmering lakes and some of the country’s most impressive cities in its wake. From the high fashion of Milan and Verona's Shakespearean treasure to the sheer beauty of the great lakes of Como, Garda and Maggiore, let our specialists create a northern Italy holiday to remember. 

Northern Italy's urban gems

The refined gateway to it all is reposed Milan. Here you’ll find a rich past evidenced in the elaborate architectural conceits of its cathedral and a dynamic present in the cool of its bars and chic of its boutiques. But a one-city region this is not. Verona, initially a Roman development, came into its own in the Middle Ages with the wrathful Scaliger lords giving rise to a collection of stunning Gothic elaborations, influencing many of Shakespeare’s finest works in the process.


Verona, Italy

Heading south, Bologna’s terracotta-capped maze of monuments, heritage osteria taverns and medieval streets give way to the competing gastronomy of leafy Parma and Romanesque Modena. In between the two, there are 800-year-old castles and balsamic vinegar producers adored the world over.

The Italian Lakes

Leaving the cities behind, no trip to the region would be complete without a visit to its great lakes – Como, Garda and Maggiore. The last ice age has rendered the foothills of the Alps into vast swathes of blue, broken only by floating palaces and ringed by bursts of Mediterranean greenery, Belle Époque villas and idyllic fishing villages.


Lake Como, Italy

It’s the kind of beauty that has attracted everyone from Roman holidaymakers to Romantic philosophers, who would undoubtedly pen similarly lyrical verses on today’s Michelin-starred restaurants and innovative wineries.

 

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Special offers in Northern Italy & the Lakes

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

4-night luxury holiday from £1,005 pp incl. flights & transfers

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offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £235 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

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.

Baglioni Hotel Carlton

Baglioni Hotel Carlton, Milan

4-night luxury holiday from £880 pp incl. flights & transfers

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Early booking discount - must book 14 days before arrival – Save up to £110 pp
Book by: 01 October 2020

Luxury 5-star hotel famed for its class and style. Situated right in the heart of Milan, overlooking fashionable Via della Spiga, with Via Montenapoleane, the cathedral and the famous La Scala theatre close by.

Bridge Ponte Pietra, Adige River, Verona

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Verona–London

4-day luxury rail journey from £2,610 pp incl. flights

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25% Companion Discount offer for Sept-Nov departures – Save up to £150 pp
Book by: 24 September 2019

Explore Verona’s medieval delights with a luxury stay and pair of tasting tours before the afternoon teas and white-gloved service of the most iconic train sees you home.

Top itineraries in Northern Italy & the Lakes

Como lake, Italy

Northern Italy and the Lakes fly-drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,545 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.

Arena di Verona

Opera at Arena di Verona, Italy

5-day tailor-made city break from £1,695 pp incl. flights

This fantastic itinerary is a beautiful showcase of Verona, and includes a four-night stay at the 5-star Hotel Due Torri, a walking tour of Verona, a visit to the Arena Museum Opera and best of all, tickets to the opera at the Arena di Verona – one of the world's most iconic opera houses.

Varenna, Lake Como

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Lake Como

6-day luxury rail journey from £4,275 pp incl. flights

Step back to the Grand Tours of the British gentry, pairing an opulent stay in the Italian Lakes with the Art-Deco extravagance of the most famous luxury rail journey.

Bologna, Italy

Gastronomy & History of Emilia Romagna

5-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,450 pp incl. flights

This 5-day tour will see you explore Italy's medieval centres with guided tours of the Emilia Romagna region. You’ll explore Byzantine churches and UNESCO World Heritage sites alongside sampling the likes of parma ham and balsamic vinegar where they began.

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Top places to stay in Northern Italy & the Lakes

Grand Hotel Majestic

Grand Hotel Majestic, Lake Maggiore

Guide price from £785 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

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

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

4-night luxury holiday from £1,005 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £235 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

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.

Due Torri Hotel

Due Torri Hotel, Verona

Accommodation

Stay in a historic palace that, over its 600-year history, has hosted such Wolfgangs as Goethe and Mozart.

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Where to go in Northern Italy & the Lakes

House of Juliet, Verona, Italy

Verona

Verona, known as piccolo Rome (little Rome), is a World Heritage-listed work of art with a seductive medley of ornamental gateways - such as Porta Bosari and Porta Leoni - Renaissance palaces and Roman remains.

Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano), and Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Milan

Milan, in northern Italy's Lombardy Region, 30 miles south of the Alps and a stone's throw from the Italian Lakes, is one of the fashion capitals of the world.

Limone sul Garda, Lake Garda

Italian Lakes

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.

Dolomites, Italy

Italian Mountains

The Italian mountains form a unique region of towering peaks bordering France, Switzerland and Austria, where the culture and history of this area of the continent collide.

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