This is said to be the prettiest of the smaller Italian lakes... Lake Idro. It is very well known for its sailing and kite boarding, for trout fishing and for winter sports in the surrounding mountains in winter. A most beautiful scenery is revealed to you on a holiday at Lake Idro pretty much everywhere you turn here.
A holiday with historical attractions at lake Idro will take you to medieval villages, military fortifications and churches. Anfo, Lemprato, where remains of an ancient Roman village were found and also Roman gravestones, are great villages to visit form a last minute holiday home at Lake Idro. The Village of San Giacomo and its beautiful church, the parish church of Bagolino, as well as the medieval feel of this mountain village and the cobble stoned streets are a great stop. The Roca d'Anfo, a military fortress that dates back to the XVth century is definitely a landmark of Lake Idro, with the Venetian and Napoleonic gun batteries, the 600 steps staircase, the observatory at its highest part. Enjoy a fabulous time exploring the shores of Lake Idro and their marvels.
For a cultural holiday at Lake Idro you can count in the unique architecture that you will find in medieval villages around the lake, as well as paintings and sculptures that make up an artistic treasure hard to be matched here. The Sabbia Valley has been known for years for its wood carving art, which hey say has been passed for years and years from father to son. Plus, the Bagolino Carnival has dancers and also musicians coloring the streets of the town with their parade every year, just before the Lent begins. Allow this small lake to impress your every sense, either as you gaze at the infinitely beautiful landscape or as you explore its shores and get lost on timeless tangled streets in medieval villages.
The lake is surrounded by forested mountains, ones that raise up to 1400 m in height. A last minute holiday villa at Lake Idro will show you that this lake is not at all as small as it seems to be when you look at it on a map: it is actually 12 km long and 2 km wide. The Chiese river provides this lake with fresh water constantly, and though this body of water seems to be “trapped” between the mountains, the temperatures here are more than pleasant, making the lake suitable for bathing and swimming in summer, even in September sometimes. Besides, in winter, the surrounding mountains are much sought after for the practicing of winter sports.
A wellness and spa break at Lake Idro is more than welcome at any time, and more so after spending the day skiing in the mountains that surround the lake, or after some sightseeing in the villages on the lake's shores. Enjoy a nice holiday home at Lake Idro with a jacuzzi, enjoy the spas and wellness centers nearby, enjoy the beautiful water of the lake itself as a means of relaxation... both physical and mental. Peace and tranquility are like a given thing at Lake Idro.
Water sports are much “in style” on a holiday at Lake Idro, but that is not surprising now, isn't it? You are on a lake side after all. Yet what you will notice here is that the atmosphere is just so much different, and it's a good different, too. Sailing and surfing are possible, and kite surfing at Ponte Caffaro, and also bathing in summer, and the lake, though close to Lake Garda, is not as touristy and definitely a lot more tranquil. Feeling lucky? Then why not go fishing? for fish. Fish such as “pesce persico” is very popular here. Climbing at the Corna di Fenere will leave you with some most spectacular views, paragliding from Monte Alpo or from Monte Stino is a unique experience, there is cycling and off-road cycling here too. Canyoning at Storo, or rather descending in an aquatic environment here and enjoying the crystalline pools for swimming, complete your fun holiday at Lake Idro, and horse riding in Val Vestino takes you through flowering meadows and forests, a most serene experience.
A family holiday at Lake Idro is both fun and relaxing, from quite some different points of view. The water sports on the lakes, the sailing, the windsurfing, the water biking, all fun. A family group accommodation at Lake Idro is also a great base for exploring the surrounding mountains: go climbing on the “Waterfalls” path which starts in Crone, or the “Smugglers” path on the wildest shore of Lake Idro. Visit the village of Bondone, high above it you will see the pastures of the Alpo and Cima Tombea mountains, and in clear days, even the Dolomites are visible from here and the Lake Garda. The San Giovanni Castle is also a great stop on a family holiday at Lake Idro, fascinating for both young and old.
Italy is a land of ancient culinary traditions, there are a lot of local specialties that you can try everywhere you go here. At Lake Idro, a culinary holiday is one that will send you into a heavenly state of “spoiled taste buds”, with excellent fish dishes and also the Malfatti, which are large dumplings that are made of cheese and spinach. Of course you will also find the “regulars” of Italian cuisine, such as pasta dishes and pizza, and if you get the chance, try the beef in oil of Franciacorta, you will not be sorry at all.
A holiday with a pet at Lake Idro is a holiday that will be complete. Hiking in the mountains surrounding the lake with your four-legged friend is really special, and from a pet friendly holiday home at Lake Idro, it's not hard at all to get there. Walking on the lake side, or simply hanging out with your buddy in the evening and barbecuing, watching the sun go down over the mountains and spreading all sorts of pinkish and purple hues over the “mirror lake” in front of you... not for a moment you will feel any trace of worry. Incomparable Lake Idro!Points of interest, a “must see” list at Lake Idro:
A holiday at Lake Idro is one of tranquility and relaxation, one of water fun and of exploring mountains that surround this beautiful lake. You deserve a break from the mundane, plus, Lake Garda is nearby, and you can even take day trips to Milan or to Verona. Allow yourself this beautiful experience this year!
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