Whether you’re a fan of sightseeing, a dedicated beach bum, or a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, there’s an awful lot to keep you busy in the Italian Lakes region. The lakes have been a popular tourist destination for a long time and are well-equipped to meet all your holiday needs.
If you’re here to tour, there’s no better way to start your holiday than with a cruise on the lake. Take in the views, stop off at a few towns, grab a bite to eat, and soak up the lakeside ambience. The castle at Sirmione will give you a little historical context, and the villas and gardens of the Borromean Islands are certainly worth a visit.
While water-sports are an obvious focus for family holidays to the Italian Lakes, there’s also a great deal to keep you busy when you’re back onshore. Try your hand at mountain biking, hike through mountainous landscapes, or explore rugged canyons and discover a whole world of adventure activities.
Things to do in the Italian Lakes
- Get your history fix at Sirmione Castle: There’s nothing quite like strolling through the main archway of the castle as you wander up to the town centre – the sense of history is palpable. The surroundings also make it an incredibly special site to visit, and the views from the watchtowers are phenomenal.
- Cruise the lakes on the local ferries or take a boat tour: Many of the cruises will take you past the homes of the Lakes’ more famous residents, and guides are quick to point out villas owned by Richard Branson and George Clooney, amongst others.
- Check out Lake Orta: A smaller lake within easy reach of our luxury villas in Lake Maggiore. It’s a stunningly beautiful stretch of water with a captivating island in the centre with a UNESCO World Heritage Site on its shores.