Italian Lakes and Verona
The Italian Lakes are a great holiday choice during our summer months, offering a wonderful climate, amazing scenery and a wealth of cultural and sporting activities - at Adeona Travel our Italy Specialists have first hand knowledge of the area and can tailor-make your perfect trip.
The Italian Lakes District covers a large area of the Alpine foothills in Northern Italy close to the great cities of Milan and Verona. The four largest lakes are Garda, Como, Lugano, and Maggiore but there are also a large number of smaller lakes each with their own special charm including Orta, Mergozzo and Iseo. Each lake offers a different experience and Adeona Travel can tailor-make your multi centre holiday with car hire or rail travel.
The season in the Italian Lakes starts in April with most hotels reopening just before Easter and finishes at the end of October when the resorts close down for the winter months. Staying in Verona may offer a better option if you want somewhere a little livelier in April or October. June to September is considered high season with long summer days averaging eight or nine hours of sunshine. The coldest month is January when night-time temperatures can drop below freezing and there is some rainfall spread fairly evenly throughout the year.
Travelling to the Italian Lakes is relatively easy with a flight time from the UK of less than 2 hours; Milan is the nearest major airport for Orta, Maggiore, Lugano and Como; Verona is the nearest for Garda and Iseo. Transfer time average between 1 – 2 hours and there is a good rail network for those who prefer train travel.
Every lake is different but if you are visiting for the first time then Garda is a good introduction. The principle resorts are Riva del Garda in the North, Malcesine, Torri del Benaco and Punta San Vigilio on the Eastern shore, Sirmione to the South and Salo, Gardone Riveria and Limone on the Western shore. Each resort has its own beauty and character and the experts at Adeona Travel can help you decide which would suit you best. If you enjoy sailing and water sports then the more northerly resorts of Malcesine and Riva del Garda are a good choice offering reliable sailing conditions.
There are hotel options to suit every taste and budget in the Italian Lakes. The Hotel Europa in Riva del Garda has excellent feedback reviews from Adeona clients; located in the resort centre it overlooks the harbour with a small heated pool and sun terrace. Worth the extra if you can afford a room with a lake view, but there are also some beautiful public room including a panoramic restaurant overlooking the square and harbour.
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Walking is a very popular activity in the area with options from gently strolls along the lake side paths to serious hiking in the breathtaking alpine scenery of the Dolomite Mountains to the north. For serious hikers walks can be centered on a particular resort or you can move from resort to resort with your luggage transported for you between hotels.
The Italian Lakes are often over looked for family holidays but the wide range of sporting activities and clear water bathing in the lakes make them a great choice for families, particularly those with teenage children who need ‘more to do’.
Visiting Verona for a day or as a second centre for you holiday is very easy and offers a great contrast to lakeside life. It is without doubt one of the most attractive of Italian cities, important geographically since ancient times with a wealth of ancient remains only surpassed by Rome with a large well preserved arena and city ramparts. During the summer months the Arena di Verona welcomes thousands of people for the annual Opera Festival. You don’t have to be an opera buff to enjoy the heady combination of spectacle, colour and music – the sheer scale of the performing space creating the most spectacular of all grand opera. Tickets sell quickly and it is important to book well in advance and Adeona Travel can arrange tickets as part of our service.
Although it’s a little further it is also possible to visit Venice for a day or more whilst in the Italian Lakes. The pictures of St Mark’s Square, Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Grand Canal show a truly stunning city which you can visit independently our as part of an organised one day tour. To avoid the crowds and heat in the high season try to visit in May, June, September or October.
One of the most enjoyable parts of visiting Italy has to be the Italian people. Stylish, helpful and definitely living life to the full, they create a fantastic atmosphere where ever you decide to go.
Have a look at our Special Offer section for offers to the Italian Lakes or give us a call on 0161 486 9247 and let the Adeona Travel team use their expertise to start planning your holiday in the Italian Lakes.
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