WHY YOU SHOULD HOLIDAY IN THE LAKES
- Experience the complete natural beauty of the surrounding dramatic landscapes of steep hills and snow-capped mountains
- Stay in incredibly stylish towns such as Bellagio and Como and rub shoulders with the A List
- Visit elegant palaces and extravagant villas such as Villa Carlotta, with inspiring botanical gardens and follies
- Take a step back in time visiting quaint fishing villages while cruising around the Lakes
OUR SPECIALISTS 'MUST DO'
Take a day trip to Milan to visit the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see Leonardo da Vincis mural for the refectory wall of "The Last Supper”.
Visit Villa Balbianello, probably one of the most magical houses in all of Italy. The villa of loggias, palazzini, grand staircases and terraces spill down to the lakeshore through austerely manicured gardens offering relentlessly picturesque lake views.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT A HOLIDAY TO THE ITALIAN LAKES
The Italian Lakes lie in the region of Lombardy in Northern Italy. Milan is the natural gateway to this region, situated on the flatters plains of Southern Lombardy. For the most part people pass straight through to reach the glorious Lakes in the north, however there is plenty of historical note worth visiting such as Leonardo da Vinci’s mural of "The Last Supper" for the refectory wall of the Santa Maria delle Grazie. If time allows, a day or 2 in the city should be included.
On leaving Milan head north to the Italian Lakes. An area of outstanding natural beauty, unsurprisingly it became the place where generations of writers, poets and composers rented lakeside villas in which to work, so inspired by the glorious scenery that surrounded them. Lake Garda is the largest lake and attracts a large number of sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts. Lake Como has the most striking scenery, surrounded by tall peaks that rise from the lake edge and opulent, luxurious villas and palazzi. The hiking in the area is superb if you feel the need to get away from the Lake. Lake Maggiore has a much flatter shoreline and is more sedate with some charming gardens and walks to enjoy. Whichever lake you decide to visit, time can be spent relaxing beside the lake, eating at bustling pavement cafes and traditional pizzerias, walking, cycling, sailing and visiting enchanting gardens and villas that line their shores.
WHEN TO GO TO THE ITALIAN LAKES
July and August see a huge influx of visitors to the region so if you are looking for a less tourist-filled experience March to June and September and October are lovely months to visit.
Fly with BA, Ryanair or easyJet to Milan then drive to the Lakes region.