Italian Lakes Destination Review by Simon
The Lakes have been attracting visitors for many years, offering relaxation and inspiration, boating, and walking in the idyllic hillside.
Lake Como is one of the most beautiful and best known, including the delightful resort of Bellagio with its elegant lakeside promenade and cafes. Lake Garda, the second largest, includes the Gardone Riviera, with its exotic plants, Malcesine with an imposing medieval castle, and Riva which is dominated by a 12th century fortress.
Close to Lake Garda, is the prosperous city of Verona, with an ancient centre that includes many Roman ruins such as the massive 1st century AD Arena, famous for its large opera festival. It is worth spending a couple of nights in Verona to enjoy the culture, before travelling on to Lake Garda.
Lake Maggiore is the longest lake and includes three islands, known as the Borromeo Islands: Isola Bella, with baroque palace and gardens, Isola Pescatori, with typical lake fishing boats, and Isola Madre, with its beautiful gardens.
Not so well known is Lake Orta. Only 8 miles long and 2 miles wide, it is among the most picturesque of the lakes and is an ideal choice for a romantic escape
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Photo: Grand Hotel Gardone Riviera (hotel) – 5