Villa in Lake Como, Italy, Europe

Milan and The Lakes

Combine the natural beauty and dramatic landscapes of the Italian Lakes with the chic sophistication of Milan.

An area of outstanding natural beauty, unsurprisingly the Italian Lakes 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 Como from the Mountains above Bellagio, Italy
Lake Como, Italy

Milan and the Lakes

The Italian Lakes lie in the region of Lombardy in Northern Italy. Milan is the natural gateway to this region, situated on the flatter plains of Southern Lombardy. For the most part, people pass straight through Milan to reach the glorious Lakes in the north, however, there is plenty worth seeing in Milan such as Leonardo da Vinci’s mural of “The Last Supper” on the refectory wall of the Santa Maria Delle Grazie.

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.

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Lake Como, Italy

Villas on the Lakes

Visit elegant palaces and extravagant villas, with inspiring botanical gardens and follies.

Lake Garda, Italy

Lakeside Towns

Stay in incredibly stylish towns such as Bellagio and Como.

Lake Como from the Mountains above Bellagio, Italy

Italian Landscapes

Experience the complete natural beauty of the surrounding dramatic landscapes, from steep hills to snow-capped mountains.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo £££££

  • Italy

The stunning location is reason enough to love Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Built in 1910, it is one of the oldest hotels on Lake Como and has 90 guestrooms and suites, all of which have views of the lake and surrounding mountains or the hotels peaceful flower gardens. For some serious luxury, stay in a rooftop suite with a private terrace and private concierge. Decor combines bold colours with lavish fabrics, period furniture and antique artwork. Think the ultimate in old school Italian glamour with a contemporary twist.

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Villa Sola Cabiati £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique

The 18th-century neoclassical Villa Sola Cabiati was once the summer home of Milan’s Duke Gabrio Serbelloni and is now owned by the noble Sola Cabiati family. Ranked high on the list of the area’s most breathtaking properties, it has also cultivated an air of mystery, with its frescoed walls, lush gardens, and museum-quality furnishings.

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