The Dolomites are known for boasting some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Europe, and if you’re looking for unspoiled vistas and laidback luxury, this might be the destination for you. From rugged stone peaks to vibrant green valleys and sparkling streams, the Italian Lakes are stunningly beautiful whatever time of year you visit.
This whole region is littered with cerulean blue lakes, and each has something different to offer…
Lake Garda is the largest, and its shimmering waters – formed by a glacier millions of years ago – are hugged by hulking mountains, so it’s ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. You can swim and sail in the lake, hike to the top of Monte Baldo, or simply soak up the local culture.
Known for its beauty and glamour, Lake Como is another top spot. Home to grand hotels, sumptuous villas, splendid architecture, and ancient villages, there’s plenty to see and do here – and that’s without mentioning the deep blue waters of the lake itself! Lake Como is also famous for its lavish gardens. For example, the lush grounds of Villa Carlotta have over 150 different varieties of azalea and Villa Serbelloni boasts 10 miles of maze-like paths, surrounded by exotic vegetation.
Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake, and from the picturesque town of Stresa, you can jump on a ferry to its three Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori, and Isola Madre. These are wonderful places to visit on a day trip. On Isola Bella, you can marvel at the Baroque palace and stroll through luxuriant Italian-style gardens. And Isola Pescatori is a really nice place to visit to try out a delicious lake fish lunch.