Italian Lakes

Mark and David's verdict
When Brits started going abroad on package holidays it was to the Alpine lakes, following the 19th Century ‘grand tourists’. Today, Italy’s Como, Maggiore, Garda and tiny Iseo are ideal holiday destinations, with boating, beaches, cable car rides to mountain highs and footpaths to explore, plus easy access to cities such as Verona, Padua and Milan.

Recommended tour operator: Citalia

Citalia says

There are few destinations that are more beautiful, relaxing and easy to explore than the Italian Lakes. Each lake, and its surrounding towns and villages, offers its own unique atmosphere with charm, stunning scenery and outstanding hospitality.

  • Choice of locations
  • Easy transfers
  • Lakeside hotels

In northern Italy, Lake Como is perhaps the best known and most popular with its grand lakeside hotels surrounded by majestic mountains. The ferry service is perfect for hopping from one waterfront town to another, with such evocative names as Bellagio, Menaggio and Tremezzo.

Lake Garda is no less scenic and we have a wide selection of hotels in Lake Garda North and in the South. Visit the nearby vineyards of Valpolicella or Bardolino, or simply soak up the bustling atmosphere of Garda itself – home to some of the best ice-cream we’ve ever found in Italy.

Stylish Stresa, historic Cannero and elegant Baveno are our pick of the resorts around Lake Maggiore and a boat ride to the idyllic Borromean Islands is a must.

If you prefer somewhere further from the beaten track, we recommend Lake Orta. Less than 20km from Lake Maggiore, it feels a million miles away with a palpable sense of history and culture.

Similarly tranquil and stunningly pretty, there’s Lake Iseo; we love its crowd-free charm and local wineries.

Of course you don’t have to pick just one – you can combine different lakes and cities on one of our multi-centre holidays, travelling by train or hire car between each one.

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to hotels. Our hand-picked selection includes gems to suit all budgets and interests – from grand lakeside palazzos to romantic hideaways, buzzing town-centre locations and more contemporary spa hotels.

Transfer times from airports are short, there’s no need to hire a car as local transport is so good and, whichever lake you choose, you have so much to explore right on your doorstep.

With our mantra – Discover the real Italy – who better to trust with your holiday arrangements? We have been perfecting the fine art of outstanding holidays in Italy since 1929.

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