The Lakes

Set against the foothills of the Alps, the lakes of Northern Italy will take you to a region of elegant charm and natural beauty, where historic lakeside villages lie below epic mountain scenery.

The Italian lakes reach from the River Po in the south to the lower Alps and the Dolomites at their northern end, and each stretch of water has its own distinct character. From water sports to manicured gardens, jaw dropping architecture to Michelin star dishes, the Italian Lakes have it all. Even by Italian standards this is such a spectacular and beautiful landscape with is an array of colour in the flamboyant flowers (Springtime) and green hills that surround the cerulean blue waters have attracted holidaymakers for centuries, from Roman nobles to glamorous Hollywood starlet’s past and present.

Lake Maggiore straddles the border of Italy and Switzerland. Lake Orta is the smallest of the lakes we offer and has retained its authentic character by largely staying off the tourist map. Life in the lakes can be as busy as you wish – stroll the cobbled streets and stop for a cappuccino , linger over long lunches that laze into sunset drinks, or spend all day on the water, sailing, or simply looking out over its tranquil beauty.

The most popular times to visit are spring, through to autumn. June and September are a good bet as it will be warm, but not stiflingly hot and travel will be less expensive than in peak summer holiday time. You could even choose one of our amazing suggested itineraries that will give you chance to see a couple or possibly all 5 of the lakes that we feature. In any case a holiday here with its natural aesthetic beauty will leave a lasting impression!