Italian lakes Escorted Holidays
Experience the breathtaking scenery of Lake Como, the charm of Lake Garda and the serenity of Lake Maggiore with a Rail Discoveries escorted holiday. Surrounded by the magnificent foothills of the Alps and verdant, snow-peaked pine forests, the Italian Lakes are a hotbed for picturesque villages and mild climes. There is plenty to keep even the most discerning traveller enthused; from relaxing ferry cruises and shoreline strolls to vibrant markets and old Roman towns. The most famous member of the "Italian Lake District" is Lake Como, set deep into the surrounding mountains. Como is a captivating natural area, surrounded by vibrant gardens and stylish villas. Ferries are the easiest way to cross Como and whilst here you may wish to explore the myriad of horticultural spots and inviting, well-kept gardens.
Nearby is the idyllic Lake Garda, arguably the most popular of the Lakes, where you may want to visit one of the traditional Italian towns that populate the shore. Pretty Sirmione, located on the lake's south side, is a charming town bursting with history. Be sure to visit the 13th century castle, which looms majestically over the crystal-clear waters of the harbour. From there, head to Verona, a city famous for being the location of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet and tour the charming streets, visiting the ancient Roman amphitheatre and the iconic "Juliet's Balcony".
Renowned for its scenic setting, Lake Maggiore is interspersed with small islands that play host to stylish and elegant villas. Isola Bella is perhaps the most picturesque of Maggiore's islands, the small rocky promontory is dominated by the sumptuous Borromean Palace, a family home since the 17th century that has since opened its doors to the public.
Explore all this and more with a Rail Discoveries Italian Lakes escorted rail holiday.