Explore Italian Lakes
For Lake Como, Milan Malpensa is the closest major airport with European as well as intercontinental connections. It’s just a 1-hour journey. For Lake Garda, Milan is also convenient (2 hours), as are Verona (1 hour) or Venice (2 hours). For those brave enough to take on Italy’s roads, driving along the winding lakeside is a fabulous experience. As is a chauffeur-driven car. Whilst sailing by private boat on the lake itself is a wonderful way to take in the captivating landscape.
Climate & seasons
High season is July and August, those wanting to swim in the lake should come now but expect the biggest crowds and highest rates. The shoulder months of May, June and September are pleasantly cooler at around 20ºC, quieter and more reasonable in terms of rates. These months are great for hiking and lounging in your robes at the spa. Winter around the Lakes is pretty much dead, instead head a little further north to the ski-slopes of the Dolomites for a fantastic winter wonderland.
Where to go
Of the two major lakes, the general perception is Garda which is easier to access by day-trippers from Verona and Venice is more touristy than Como, but that's not entirely fair, both lakes have fabulous spots of serenity. What's true is that Lake Como is the most exclusive, the prices are higher and the range of high-end hotels more impressive. Lake Maggiore, Lake d'Iseo and diminutive Lake Varese are all less well-known but share the same fabulous scenery as their most famous sisters.
What to do
Relax and let the gentle lapping of the water seep into your bones and refresh your soul. A trip to the Como or Garda is all about lakeside and chill. There is an array of very high-quality hotels, many of which have serious spa credentials. So unwind. And should you have a little excess energy, take a private boat to a quiet corner and swim. Or head to the hills and hike or bike. Milan, Verona and Venice are all convenient for a day trip, whether to shop, sightsee or to drive a Lamborghini or Ferrari for maximum Italian vibes.