The Italian lakes (namely Como, Garda, Orta, Iseo and Maggiore) are located in the north of the country and offer a very appealing backdrop for a relaxing holiday. The peaceful way of life, fantastic food and wine, and charming towns are just a few of the reasons why travellers love to spend their time soaking up the sun in this beautiful region.
With plenty to do (or, if you prefer, lots of places in which to do nothing) and being just a two-hour flight away, the Italian lakes could be the perfect destination for your 2017 break. Here are a few towns you should definitely check out if you decide to make the trip.
Sharing the same name as the famous Vegas hotel, it’s no surprise that you will find elegance and charm in this town on the shores of Lake Como. Bellagio can be found at the point where the lake splits into two ‘legs’ to form its inverted ‘y’ shape. This is definitely a place where the rich and famous go to relax, something which is evident by the presence of fantastic restaurants and high-end shopping. If you just fancy a romantic walk, though, the many beautiful gardens will provide the ideal surroundings.
Orta San Giulio
The town from which Lake Orta takes its name can be found on the eastern shore. This smaller lake is a great alternative to Garda and Como, which at times feel over run with tourists, and provides peaceful scenery in which you will feel life’s stresses and strains leaving your body. Orta San Giulio features medieval architecture and winding alleyways which offer the perfect couple’s retreat. Independent bookshops and delis line the streets and you can catch the boat to Isola San Giulio for great views of the lake.
The largest and most popular lake is Garda, but a visit to Sirmione will take you away from the summer crowds and into a world of relaxation. The thermal spa will soothe you with its sulphurous waters that are said to have fantastic healing powers. You can also take a look around the impressive castle, making the most of the fantastic panoramas that can be enjoyed from the top of its tower.
The laidback town of Cannobio, located on the shores of Lake Maggiore, is another great spot for couples looking to enjoy a romantic hideaway. With the mountains as a backdrop, you can sit on the steps by the water and watch the steam ships travel back and forth. The town displays a unique mixture of old and new architecture, as 600-year-old smugglers’ houses blend with the modern lakeside promenade that was built a few years ago.
Lake Iseo is another great alternative if you wish to visit the Italian Lakes but avoid the crowds in the most popular areas. With mountainous scenery all around, the Roman town of Sulzano will charm you for every second you walk its quiet streets. As well as being home to a couple of quaint churches, it’s also the place from which you can visit the island of Monte Isola, said to be the largest lake island in Europe. It can be reached by boat or via the floating piers that are sometimes put in place and the fact that traffic is not allowed here means the walks through the olive groves and walnut trees are as peaceful as ever.
There are so many beautiful towns to discover on the shores of the Italian Lakes, offering everything from water sports to wine tastings. If you would like to plan your own trip to this part of Italy, contact us today and we will create your ideal itinerary.