You’re in Italy so delicious pizzas and pasta are more or less guaranteed, but in this region, it’s all about the lakes and the fish – so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Make sure you try the local sun-dried fish too, a regional speciality. What’s for pudding? Ice cream of course! And there are hundreds of different flavours to work your way through. Local wines provide the ideal accompaniment to your meal but if you want to try something a little different, there’s Aperol Spritz. You can’t miss its bright orange glow.
The Italian Lakes
The Italian Lakes at a Glance
The beautiful Italian lakes have been attracting visitors for hundreds of years, so whether you’re on your grand tour or just looking for some holiday fun, you’ve made an excellent choice. Tempting though it is to spend your days eating ice cream and enjoying the amazing views in a lakeside café, you’ve got sights to see and exploring to do. There are the picturesque villages of Brescia, Moniga and Peschiera and iconic cities such as Verona, Milan and Venice. There are beautiful national parks where you can fill your lungs with fresh mountain air and moonlit restaurants on twinkling marinas where you can fill your boots with seafood, pizza, pasta and local wine. So come on - let’s go!
Feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair as you cruise across the waters, smell the mouth-watering aroma of the local dishes, listen to the silence as you hike through the Lake Idro Valley, experience the thrill of glimpsing Venice as the sun sets, gasp as you jump into the clear, cool water of the lakes, scream as you descend from the top of the white-knuckle Raptor ride and relax with a glass of delicious Bardolino wine and share your day with family and friends.
Hop into your motorboat (hired of course) and take a tour around the lakes. Take some day trips to the surrounding towns and cities – you can’t go home without a visit to Venice. Get your hiking boots on and explore the alpine meadows and hillsides. Grab a snorkel mask and flippers and see what lies beneath. Wander through picturesque towns and villages and find yourself a lakeside table where you can admire the elegant houses of the rich and famous (if you see George Clooney – send him my love).
Italy’s largest theme park has white knuckle rides such as ‘Space Vertigo’ and ‘Magic Mountain’ for those who like extreme thrills. Those of a more nervous disposition can try the river rapids or experience the 4D Ice Age show. There is also a fabulous aquarium.
Whether you choose a leisurely cruise or opt for a speedier hydrofoil or catamaran, a boat trip provides a different perspective on the lakes and mountains access to lots of hidden gems.
This is Lake Garda’s biggest town and is still beautifully unspoilt. The picturesque Piazza Malvezzi, imposing cathedral and delightful Old Quarter are well worth exploring and the pretty harbour is a great place to relax and soak in the atmosphere.
Even if you don’t manage to get tickets to the opera, you can still appreciate this wonderful amphitheatre large enough to hold 15,000 people.
This beautiful, medieval city is packed full of elegant architecture and impressive Roman remains. Try and get tickets for the opera, held in the Roman Arena built in the first century AD – a truly unforgettable experience. Take a look around the stylish designer boutiques and jewellers. Don’t leave without visiting Casa di Giulietta on Via Cappello – the setting for the balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.