The Italian Lakes are known throughout the world. And though many have heard of them, not as many know exactly what to expect from a holiday at the Italian Lakes. The perfect “imaginary setting” though would be one of clear blue water and majestic mountains, of beautiful towns with cultural and historical attractions... it will all prove to be true when spending a holiday at the Italian Lakes: Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore, Lake Iseo, Lake Idro, Lake Lugano, Lake Orta and the Varesesotto.
There are quite a number of lakes in Italy, yet when one talks about the Italian Lakes they mostly think of the lakes in Northern Italy, with a Mediterranean micro climate and sheltered by the Alps. The historical attractions here are amazing, such as the ones at Lake Garda for a chance: Roman ruins and prehistoric rock carvings, the castle where Goethe was arrested, the villa where Mussolini hod in his final days together with his mistress. There are prehistoric rock carvings dating back to 10.000 years ago, near Lake Iseo, that you can visit from a last minute holiday home at the Italian Lakes; there are Roman ruins on the peninsula of Sirmione, ancient castles guarded by moats and all sorts of museums, convents and churches that portray an incredible history. Choose your favorite lake to spend time by, or visit more of them and meet their unique character with every step of the way.
The Italian Lakes have been an inspiration for artists throughout the world along the years, and the beautiful towns along the shores display a specific culture interpersed with serenity and peace of mind. From a last minute holiday villa at the Italian Lakes you can get to Bellagio on Lake Como for example, which is said to be the most beautiful town in the country, with an amazing oleander and lime trees promenade and many other attractions. On Lake Maggiore on the other hand, the town of Stresa is surely worth mentioning, it was one of Hemingway's favorites. Lake Garda prides itself with the resort of Sirmione, among others you can visit from a holiday park at the Italian Lakes, with the Villa Cortine and others. There are of course many cultural venues overall, that make the Italian Lakes a unique place in the world.
A holiday among nature at the Italian Lakes is a one of a kind experience, these lakes are beautifully situated and guarded by mountains, yet offering a Mediterranean micro climate. There are the major lakes, meaning Lakes Maggiore, Como, Garda; then the middlin' lakes, namely Iseo and Orta, and then the smaller lakes, namely Varese, Idro, Lugano. Isola Bella and Isola Madre are islands in Lake Maggiore that host some most beautiful gardens and a unique flora, on Isola Madre there are colonies of parrots as well. All in all, the nature of the Italian Lakes is exquisite and offering peace and tranquility, along with numerous fun activities.
There are numerous wellness and spa facilities at the Italian Lakes you can choose from, and the setting and landscape of the lakes alone make for a most ideal environment. The Castadiva Resort and Spa, at Lake Como, is a fine example of pampering and spa facilities in a most artistic setting, the Bognanoco thermal baths at Lake Maggiore are also amazing, and the Sirmione Spas are famed throughout Europe. Massages, whirlpools, jacuzzis, sauna, all you can... relax.
Activities and sports at the Italian Lakes are divided among water sports such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking and others, in beautiful resorts such as the Bellagio at Lake Como, Sirmione at Lake Garda, the most popular one for swimming, sunbathing and windsurfing as well. Desenzano del Garda is the largest town on the shores of Lake Garda, you can easily get to it from a holiday home at the Italian Lakes. There is a popular Tuesday market here in the port, there are cafes and restaurants of course, and beautiful architecture inviting you to go sightseeing. Salo is another resort-town dating back to Roman times here, and you can also visit the nearby Isola del Garda. The Mottarone peak is found between lakes Maggiore and Orta, you can get to the top from Stressa, and they say in a clear day you can see from here seven lakes and the peaks of the Alps. Besides, there is also the Giardino Botanico Alpinia, an Alpine garden here, worth visiting. On the eastern shore of Lake Orta you will find the Sacro Monte di San Francesco a with a path dotted with frescoed chapels portraying the life of St Francis of Assisi. And many others on a holiday at the Italian Lakes.
A family holiday at the Italian Lakes is one that you will never forget. Why? It's rather simple: because the Gardaland amusement park will not allow you to, because a wonderful boat trip on Lake Como will be against it, because a family holiday at the Italian Lakes is simply unforgettable. There are of course, numerous museums you can visit, there are more than enough themed parks, inclusive of the Movieland Park at Lake Garda, you can traverse the 'Hundred Valleys' by rail, or go canyoning, horse riding or hit the beach at Riva del Garda for a chance. Choose your family holiday mood every day, and allow it to be lead by a smile on everyone's face.
Dining at the Italian Lakes is an Italian experience, an experience of “la dolce vita” and the cuisine of this country is surely one that has left its mark on this saying. From delicious pasta dishes to the famous pesto sauce, fresh fish and high-quality olive oil, they are all amazing. Zuppa di Datteri, a shellfish soup, Tomaselle (veal rolls), pizzas, the Malfatti (dumplings with cheese and spinach), Franciacorta (beef in oil)... you take your pick.
A holiday with a pet at the Italian Lakes will lead you towards places such as the Monte Baldo where you can go hiking, or maybe to the beaches on the shores of the lakes, all you need is to rent a pet-friendly holiday home at the Italian Lakes and you're all set. A boat ride together with Fifi, or maybe a barbecue at your accommodation with the entire family, inclusive of the dog, are memories that will remain framed within your heart.Points of interest, a “must see” list at the Italian Lakes:
A holiday at the Italian Lakes is a must on anyone's “bucket list”, no matter where you choose to spend it, you are rewarded with an experience to remember.
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