The Best Lakeside Getaways In Italy

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Lake Garda

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Visit Bardolino – one of the sweetest towns near Lake Garda, located on its southeastern shore. Apart from its colorful streets, it is famous for its Thursday open-air market, a 1 km market stretching along the promenade. Amongst the different stalls, you can find local food and wines, souvenirs, and clothing.

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Lake Tenno

Not too far from the north shore of Lake Garda, hides this magical turquoise little lake. To thoroughly enjoy it, try to visit Tenno lake in the morning for the best weather and before the crowds arrive. Only a few km away from Tenno lake, you’ll find cobbled alleys, stone houses, and archways that will take back in time – Canale di Tenno will steal your heart.


This road trip would not be complete without visiting Sirmione, one of the most famous towns around Lake Garda. Besides being a famous resort town and home to some of Lake Garda’s best thermal baths and water sports facilities, it’s full of enchanting alleys and stunning views, and also has a rich history. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places to visit in northern Italy. On way to Lake Como, you may explore Lake Moro.

Lake Como

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Being one of the most picturesque towns of Lake Como, Varenna is more than worth the visit. Recommend getting here early in the morning before the crowds start to pile up. You’ll have Varenna all to yourself, and you’ll be able to explore it and photograph it quietly and without interruptions.


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Being a popular tourist resort and famous for its villas overlooking the lake, Bellagio has both a luxurious and cozy atmosphere. This bustling small town offers countless cafes, restaurants, and shops, flower-adorned alleyways, and perfect lake views.

Lake Maggiore

The Borromean Islands are a must-visit when in Lake Maggiore. They are a group of islands and islets near the town of Stresa. Their name comes from the Borromeo family, which started owning them in the 16th century.

The three islands that are open to visit are:

Isola Bella

Once a deserted piece of rock, Isola Bella has become home to a luxury Baroque summer palace and impressive wide gardens where you’ll see some white peacocks wandering around. Touring around the palace and gardens along with the lake views surrounding us, provided some enchanting and memorable moments.

Isola Madre

The largest of the islands and mostly known for its gardens. After paying for entrance to the palace and gardens in Isola Bella which were magnificent, we decided not to spend money to enter the gardens at Isola Madre, so our stop there was unnecessary.

Isola dei Pescatori (or Isola Superiore): As tiny as this island is, it houses quite a few hotels, shops, and restaurants. It is charming and picturesque, but I’m not sure it was worth the visit.


After a long day island hopping, we spent a couple of hours walking the beautiful streets of Stresa’s old town. Like all towns in the Italian lake district, Stresa also flaunts its cobbled streets, cute shops, and little cafes and restaurants. However, each town has its unique flavor and rhythm.


Cannobio sits on Lake Maggiore, quite close to Italy’s border with Switzerland.

Lake Orta

Orta San Giulio is a small medieval town you do not want to miss. Besides its undeniable beauty, it has a relaxed and authentic vibe that will make you want to stay forever. It also overlooks the Island of San Giulio, a cute little island whose main attraction is the Basilica di San Giulio. We have not visited the island, but it is accessible by boat. 

Other lakes which are off route but must visit are Lake Lugano, Lago di Ledro, Toblacher See. Contact A Travel Duet today for a luxe vacation customised for you and your significant other!

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