Luxury Italian Lakes Holidays
The Italian Lakes is a picturesque area in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, straddling the Swiss border and stretching from Piedmont to Lombardy. The largest of the lakes are Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Lake Garda. The resorts that have grown up along the banks of the various lakes have been popular for luxury holidays for over 100 years, especially with wealthy celebrities. Snapshots of the Italian Lakes conjure up idyllic images of elegant hotels, palatial lakeside villas owned by the mega rich and spectacular views of the Alps.
Each lake has its own character; Como is the most sophisticated, Maggiore the busiest and Garda, the largest, which is popular with yachts, motor cruisers and windsurfers, not to mention gourmet diners in search of Michelin rated restaurants. The olive oils and wines of the region, including Bardolino and Valpolicella, are renowned around the world.
Bellagio, on Lake Como, has been described as the most beautiful town in Italy; isolated on a narrow spit of land in the middle of Lake Como, it is most easily accessible by ferry from Cadenabbia, which also provides the best views. Stresa is another classy, traditionally Italian resort and its hotels, built at the turn of the century, exude old world character and elegance.
Things to do in the Italian Lakes
Visit the twin island gardens of Isola Bella and Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore; take the cable car from Malcesine, on Lake Garda, to the top of Monte Baldo; get an adrenalin kick at the centre for water sports in Torbole, at the northern end of Lake Garda or take a hike over the border into Switzerland for a spot of shopping in sophisticated Lugano, where the designer boutiques of the Via Nassa arcades are a special treat.
Italian Lakes Essential Facts
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