Let the Italian Lakes leave a lasting impression on your heart
Italy's rustic mountain scenery combines with elegant architecture, mixed with adventurous lake-action, grand hotels, gastronomical delights, exquisite views, charming atmosphere and café culture, to make up the beautiful and popular Italian Lakes. At these narrow glacial lakes on the border of Switzerland you will find stunning blue waters, medieval cobbled streets and classic images of glamorous Italian life. Hiring a car is a wonderful way to explore this spellbinding region at your own pace.
Best time to visit Italian Lakes
• The best time to head to the lakes is from April to October when days are brighter and sunny
• During the summer months the number of visitors rises, especially during August when most Italians go on their holidays; the lakes' water is generally warmer in July, August and September making these the prime swimming months
• There is often rainfall during the summer and nights are cooler than you might expect following hot days
• From November to March, lakeside beaches and outdoor swimming pools are not always open and the temperature can fall quite low.
Italian Lakes holiday highlights
Visit the exclusive resort of Bellagio on Lake Como and amble along elegant promenades. Watch uplifting classical orchestras on the shores of Lake Maggiore during the Stresa Musical Weeks. From Lake Garda take a tour of the city Mantua and then visit the ecological Sigurta Park, one of the most stunning in the world. Take a beautiful boat trip from Malcesine to Limone, indulging in fantastic shopping and cuisine when you jump off. Visit Gardaland, one of Italy's best amusement parks and been blown away with its themed fun. Watch an opera under a star-lit sky in the huge Roman amphitheatre, the Arena of Verona.