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Villa in Lake Como, Italy, Europe

Italy – The Northern Lakes



7 Days

Prices Start from

$2,655pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Romantic/Honeymoon Photographers

Combine the pretty towns, palaces and gardens of the stunning Italian Lakes with historic Italian cities of Verona and cosmopolitan Milan.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Boats, Lake Garda, Italy 1

The Italian Lakes

Close to Milan, explore the dramatic lake region, most famous for Maggiore and Garda,  backed by the snow-capped Alps.

View on Lake Maggiore, Italy 2

Beauty of Isola Bella

Lake Maggiore, in the west, is home to the most romantic of the three Borromean Islands, famous for their palazzi and gardens.

Verona, Italy 3

Verona and Milan

Enjoy the contrast of the historical town of Verona, visiting the main city squares and monuments and cosmopolitan Milan, ideal for a shopping trip before returning home.

Wine, Italy 4

Wine Cellars of Soave

Visit a wine cellar in Soave for a tasting of the famous Soave Classico and Veronese Mount seasons cheese.

Why we like it

This lovely holiday to Italy combines the culture of Verona with the bustle of Madrid, plus time amidst the spectacular scenery of Italy’s Northern Lakes. Take to the roads to drive some of the countries most scenic routes, circumnavigating vast inland lakes backed by soaring snow-capped mountains. Stay at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, one of our favourite properties on the shores of Lake Como and spend time exploring pretty lakeside villages or head into the hills to explore on foot. A sense of romance weaves throughout this holiday, from the exotic gardens and aristocratic villas of the lakes to the Shakespearean scenes of Romeo and Juliette in Verona.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Milan - Stresa

  • Day 2


  • Day 3

    Stresa - Tremezzo

  • Day 4

    Tremezzo - Verona

  • Day 5


  • Day 6

    Verona - Milan

  • Day 7


Day 1

Milan - Stresa

Day 2


View on Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore is home to the most romantic of the three Borromean Islands, famous for their palazzi and gardens.

Day 3

Stresa - Tremezzo

Tremezzo, Italy

Visit the medieval town of Tremezzo on the shores of Lake Como.

Day 4

Tremezzo - Verona

Day 5


Verona, Italy

Visit the main squares and monuments of historical Verona.

Day 6

Verona - Milan

Wine, Italy

Visit a wine cellar in Soave for a tasting of the famous Soave Classico and Veronese Mount seasons cheese.

Day 7


Cathedral Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy

Go shopping in cosmopolitan Milan.

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Lake Garda, Italy
Lake Garda

The Italian Lakes

In the northern border region of Lombardy, lie dramatic lakes, embraced by green wooded escarpments and backed by the snow-capped Alps. Using the beautiful town of Stresa as your base, explore The Borromean Islands with their stunning palaces and ornamental gardens, an unmissable destination for aesthetes. A boat trip on Lake Maggiore includes Isola Bella, crowned by Palazzo Borromeo, full of spendid terraces, fountains and statues, Isola dei Pescatori, a place with restaurants and local markets to visit, and finally Isola Madre, the biggest of the Borromean Islands.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
Tremezzo, Italy

Visit Villa Carlotta

Tremezzo, a medieval town on the shores Lake Como is home to Villa Carlotta, a 17th-century neo-classical style villa that looks out over the breathtaking Bellagio setting. It has a magnificent botanical garden and inside the residence, there are art galleries with master artworks. Check out the seasonal exhibitions happening each year, with late openings during the summer until 7.30pm. Take time here to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the area.

Verona, Italy
Verona, Italy

Time in Fair Verona

Verona, home to a 14th-century house said to have ‘Juliet’s balcony’. However, Verona is also famed for its Grand Arena, a 1st-century Roman amphitheatre still hosting concerts and an annual opera festival. One afternoon during the stay here,  be sure to visit  Soave, a small medieval village with many wine cellars. Enjoy a small tasting of the famous Soave Classico and the Monte Veronese cheese.

Cathedral Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy
Cathedral Duomo di Milano

Shopping in Milan

Milan is a place for people who love cosmopolitan cities, from the fashion runways to the frescoes inside the churches. In Milan, you find Da Vinci’s Last Supper, San Siro/Guiseppe Meazza Stadium, Duomo’s statues, Alla Scala Theatre, Sforza Castle and the famous Vittorio Emanuele’s arcades in Piazza Duomo, the worlds’ oldest shopping centre. Milan is also home to lovely parks, great ice-cream shops and a renowned nightlife.

Pompeii, Italy

Make It Your Own or Extend

Extend your trip and let us organise a train to, and fantastic hotel in Venice or south to the sunshine of Italy’s coastal towns and islands. Let us make it ‘your own’ with personalized private touring with expert guides and drivers, a restaurant and spa reservation service, performance and sporting event ticket arrangements and around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

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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Katie was very helpful and extremely responsive in arranging our hotel. Help and advice was always forthcoming and invaluable.

Destination: Italy
Travel Expert: Katie

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This Itinerary
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When to travel

Italy’s cities are wonderful to visit at any time of the year. Coastal regions are best between June and September. Mountainous regions such as the Dolomites are wonderful for winter sports between December and March and extremely pretty for summer stays from June through to October.

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