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Luxury Italian Lakes Holidays

Soul-stirring views

Italian Lakes

The Lakes sprawl across a scenic slice of northern Italy, backdropped by steep hills and snow-capped mountains. Their dramatic landscapes and natural beauty have been luring visitors for decades – generations of artists and writers have been inspired by the vistas here.

The three big names are Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. Lake Garda is the largest, offering up everything from spa towns to theme parks. Lake Como is a favourite with the A-list, and is edged with stylish towns like Bellagio and Como. Lake Maggiore's shores are dotted with elegant palazzos and extravagant palaces, but you'll also find plenty of traditional little fishing villages, too.

All three are spot on for outdoorsy types, as well – walking trails thread through the hills and waterside promenades are perfect for breezy bike rides. 

Destinations in Italian Lakes
Lake Como
Chic Lake Como fills a glacial valley in northern Italy. The southern shores are home to medieval masterpieces like Como, while in the north, villages climb into the foothills of the Alps.
Lake Garda
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, serving up resort towns and mountain-backed villages along its sun-warmed shores. The southern tip is just an hour’s drive away from Verona.

Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore, in northern Italy, went from a fishing lake to a royal retreat in the 1800s. Down-to-earth villages brush shoulders with lavish villas, plus there’s the stately Borromean Islands.

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Typical Costs
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Bottle of beer
€5
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Cup of coffee
€3
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Glass of wine
€5-8
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Main course
€12-18
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Small souvenir
€10
Flight Information

Flights to the Italian Lakes take around 2 hours from the UK. For Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, Milan is the closest option; for Lake Garda, it's Verona.

When to go

The Italian Lakes are at their best between April and October. June, July and August see temperatures soar to the high 20s (perfect for swimming and sunbathing), while the slightly cooler temperatures in April, May, September and October are ideal for those who want to spend a bit more time walking, cycling or sightseeing. 

Visa Information

British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy. 

Tipping

When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Our pick of the top hotels in Italian Lakes
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Italian Lakes, Lake Como

Hotel Caesius Thermae & SPA Resort

Italian Lakes, Lake Garda

Hotel Du Lac et Du Parc

Italian Lakes, Lake Garda

Hotel Villa del Sogno

Italian Lakes, Lake Garda

Lefay

Italy, Lake Garda
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