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Journeys in SlowMotion in the Italian Lakes

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See for yourself...
  • the Italian Lakes – glittering jewels of Lombardy
  • follow in the footsteps of writers & artists
  • admire beautiful gardens, villas and islands
  • stay in magnificent lakeside hotels


For centuries, the Italian Lakes have played muse to some of the world’s greatest literary luminaries. For Hemingway, it was magnificent Lake Maggiore that inspired his Farewell to Arms, long after the enchantment of Lake Como had fed Shelley's romantic soul. Poet Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and French novelist George Sand both lavished words on the beauty of Lovere on Lake Iseo, and D.H. Lawrence immortalised the grandeur of Lake Garda. Feeling like the protagonist of a storybook – or a star on a film set – you will see how this corner of Italy has fed the souls of poets, the canvases of artists and the pages of writers for centuries.

Read on to discover more of what the Italian Lakes have to offer...

Beauty Overdose - Lake Maggiore

If an artist was asked to paint the perfect Italian lakeside scene it might look like Cannero. Nature has contributed the lion's share of the work, providing a sun-kissed lake setting and hillsides covered in citrus groves and chestnut trees that descend to the water's edge. The villas’ lemon and terracotta façades, and the town’s tree-lined promenade, further enhance this exquisite tableau. Meanwhile, at the Swiss end of the lake, the Centovalli Railway – one of the great train journeys – winds its way past waterfalls, ravines and forests as it crosses a hundred delectable valleys and nearly as many bridges.

The Grand Villas of Como

Not far from the elegant, lakeside San Giorgio Hotel in Lenno, midway down the western shore of Lake Como, is Villa Carlotta, just one of a succession of fine Italian buildings that – resplendent  behind velvet lawns and straightbacked cypress trees – are just as notable as their more illustrious owners. An imposing, 17th-century mansion with a priceless art collection and enchanting gardens (a riot of rhododendrons and azaleas in spring) Villa Carlotta is, like Como itself, an absolute feast for the senses.

I Due Roccoli & Secret Lake Iseo

We can imagine few finer and more relaxing places to stay than I Due Roccoli, a sublime hotel with fabulous gardens set between hill-top Polaveno and the south-east corner of ‘secret’ Lake Iseo. From the panoramic dining terrace, gaze across to beautiful, traffic-free Monte Isola, the largest lake-island in Europe, with its pretty fishing villages and hill-top sanctuary. A perfect accompaniment to Isola’s  speciality – grilled sardines – are the region’s sparkling Franciacorta wines, blended from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown in impeccable vineyards at the southern end of the lake.

Glorious Lake Garda

No wonder D.H. Lawrence found it so hard to tear himself away from Gargnano’s lemonscented embrace. This attractive town, bordered by steep, terraced hillsides of orchards and olive groves on one side, and the glittering waters of Lake Garda on the other, has a distinctly timeless – almost nostalgic – appeal. The gardens and stone terraces where citrus trees were once cultivated lend a Mediterranean feel; but cross to the eastern shore and ascend imposing Monte Baldo by cable car and the views are decidedly Alpine – a breathtaking, 360-degree panorama of the lake and surrounding peaks.
To delve deeper and linger longer, we suggest:
Italian Lakes Explorer
Journey in Italy
The sublime lakes of Lombardy
From Maggiore to Garda, via Como and Iseo, discover the ravishing scenery of the Italian lakes on a magical tour by car.
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15 Apr-25 May & 1 Jul-31 Oct 2016