The Dazzling Lakes Region
The Italian Lakes region is a dazzling combination of relaxation, fashion, gardens, medieval towns, small islands, castles, ferries, mountains, and exceptional food. First inhabited by prehistoric people, and later used by the Romans as a summer-resort area, this is the place to soothe your soul.
See ancient ruins near villas surrounded by exotic flowers. Take a romantic walk through a fishing village. Get onboard and explore the islands on a private boat tour. Climb into a cable car for 360◦ summit views. Be a local’s personal guest for a home-cooked Italian dinner. Visit a summer palace. Or, simply sit on a balcony, listen to the water lap the shores, and breathe. Artists and writers discovered the lakes ages ago. Now it’s your turn.
Dreamy Islands in the Lakes
Castles, riotous gardens, mountain views, and pastel villas etched against an evening sky—all these are part of the mystical isles of the Lakes Region. Isole di Brissago is a phantom island, barely a speck, in Lake Maggiore. Its 19th century botanical gardens include yuccas, agaves, and 1,700 other species. Isola Bella, queen of the Borromean Islands, has a sumptuous palace. Isola Comacina, Lake Como’s only island, was once a medieval settlement. The private Isola del Garda has a neo-Gothic Venetian villa. Isola Madre speaks of a decadent past and Isola Superiore, both part of Maggiore’s Borromean’s, is still a humble fishing village. The architect Palladio designed the 16th century church and monastery on San Giorgio Maggiore—they are his gems. Each island is a distinct treasure.