Lakes area of Northern Italy

The long, shimmering tendrils of the Italian Lakes are snuggled into the deep-cleft valleys of the foothills where the broad, fertile, and industrious plains of the Po River Valley wash up against the mighty, craggy peaks of the Alps and the Dolomites. These lakeshores are strung with fishing villages, medieval castles, lavish Renaissance palazzi and Neoclassical villas, ancient ruins, and sumptuous gardens spilling right down the water's edge.

In a single day, you can windsurf past Europe’s northernmost lemon groves, stroll through a park of prehistoric rock carvings, tour the castle where Goethe was arrested on suspicion of being a Austrian spy, then retire to your room in the 19th-century villa where Mussolini spent his final days hiding out with his mistress—and that’s all just on Lake Garda. –

It’s not hard to see how this region has inspired everyone from Catullus to Ernest Hemingway to George Lucas.

The lake district stretches across four Italian regions and 10,000 years of human history—from the prehistoric rock carvings near Lake Iseo, to the Roman ruins on the Sirmione peninsula guarded by a moated medieval castle, to Romanesque churches and cliff-side convents slathered in frescoes and sculptures, to the museum-homes of such luminaries as 19th century poet-adventurer Gabriele d’Annunzio.

Italy à la CARte can design your custom tour around the Northern Lakes of Italy. In addition to Lake Como and Lake Garda, we’ll be able to visit the city of Verona. Every year hundreds of thousands of us trek to Verona to see the balcony where Juliet stood while Romeo declared his love. To make this the most exciting tour of your life, to our itinerary we could add a short trip to Austria, driving through the highest mountain of this beautiful country via the most famous Alpine road of Europe. From there, with a less than two hour drive we can get to Salzburg. This enchanting city, on the German border, with views of the Eastern Alps is known as the birthplace of Mozart and setting for the film “The Sound of Music.”

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