Italian Lakes Tours & Holidays
Escorted holidays to the Italian Lakes
Stretching across the northern section of Italy, the Italian Lakes are a collection of paradisiacal bodies of water nestled among jagged mountains, quaint towns, and vast stretches of verdant grassland.
The temperate year-round climate makes a holiday to the Italian Lakes an ideal year-round choice, and with Newmarket Holidays you can see the very best of this vast, stunning area, from Lake Garda's varied shoreline to stylish Lake Como and timeless Lake Maggiore.
Whether you’re into fine dining, walks along the waterfront, or lounging by lapping lakes with a good book, the Italian Lakes are an ideal travel destination. The spectacular scenery is matched only by a long, storied history, and bettered by the phenomenal cuisine on offer – especially if you’re willing to venture into the small towns and villages that dot the region, something Italian Lake tours can help you get the best of.
While the Italian Lakes are a prime place to relax, the region is drowning in amazing things to see and do, and an Italian Lakes escorted tour with Newmarket Holidays can show you the best of the region. It doesn’t stop with swimming days and sightseeing, the mountain ranges that cut through the region are home to hikes for walkers of all abilities, and deliver panoramic views of this little slice of Italian heaven.
Things to do at the Italian Lakes
From Como to Maggiore, this part of Northern Italy is a dream holiday destination. Here's where to get started.
Walk or cycle
Many of the lakes in the region are surrounded by excellent walking and cycling routes, giving active holidaymakers the chance to see these bodies of water from all angles. You can plan your route ahead of time, or just wander – either way you’re sure to come away inspired.
Stresa Cable Car
The Stresa Cable Car delivers impressive, panoramic views of Lake Maggiore, as well as the white-capped mountains that surround the lake. Not one for those with a fear of heights, but even if you are acrophobic the views are good enough to be worth facing your fears.
Enjoy the water
There is no better way to experience the Italian Lakes than on the water. Lake Garda's breezy waters are a mecca for sailors and windsurfers alike and you can opt to visit a sailing school for lessons navigating the water. On Lake Como you can board a cruiser for the best views of the elegant villas and their gardens.
Visit world-famous cities
The Italian Lakes are also a great base to explore some of Italy's greatest cities. From Lake Como take an optional excursion to fabulous, chic Milan or visit the romantic cities of Venice and Verona from Lake Garda
Things to see at the Italian Lakes
There are so many delightful ways to experience La Dolce Vita in this Italian paradise.
Italian Lakes holiday highlights
These heavenly Italian lakes offer picturesque villages, waterfront strolls for all abilities, fine dining, and mountains as far as the eye can see.
Hemmed in by steep hillsides, backed by the craggy Dolomites, and surrounded vineyards, olive groves and woodland, Lake Garda is the setting for some of Italy's most attractive resorts.
Full of character and charm, stylish Lake Como is arguably the most picturesque of the northern Italian lakes.
Lake Maggiore has been capturing hearts with its charm and sense of timeless grandeur since the 19th century. On the sun-blessed shores of this beautiful Italian lake, one might be forgiven for forgetting that the rush and bustle of the outside world exists.
Food and drink at the Italian Lakes
Wine lovers won’t regret heading to Piedmont in search of a tipple of Barolo
The bold red that the region is famous for. With that said, fans of whites and sparkling wines are in luck: a visit to Lake Iseo will yield a taste of Franciacorta, a sweet, local wine.
The Italian Lakes region is replete with enotecas: small wine bars that usually offer a decent meal, or at the very least some enticing nibbles. Head here for a more laid-back option for delicious local wine.
Meat is a vital part of the regional diet here, and the most common dish is probably Ossobuco, or slow-braised veal shanks, served with risotto alla Milanese (rice with saffron). The combination of meat, rice, and sauce is heavenly.
FAQs about our tours to the Italian Lakes
Here are a few questions you might have.
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit the Italian Lakes is spring and summer. In spring temperatures are around 20°C with summer months reaching 30C and over.
What lakes do Newmarket Holidays visit?
You can book tours and holidays to Lake Garda and Lake Como.
What activities and attractions are available in the Italian Lakes?
The Italian Lakes offer a perfect blend of relaxation and activity. Enjoy scenic walks around the shores or set sail on tranquil boat journeys for your taste of La Dolce Vita. There are also a range of restaurant and bars found at Lake Como and Lake Garda - so sometimes the best afternoons can be spent enjoying wonderful views with an Aperol Spritz in hand.
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