WHY THE ITALIAN LAKES?
Adored by romantic poets as well as statesmen and royalty, the beautiful Italian lakes are stunning, with mountains that descend to meet the lakeshore and pretty lakeside towns. They are embedded with fishing villages, medieval castles, Renaissance palazzi and neoclassical villas, ancient ruins, and sumptuous gardens spilling right down the water's edge. You can find prehistoric rock carvings near Lake Iseo, Roman ruins on the Sirmione peninsula guarded by a moated medieval castle, Romanesque churches and cliffside convents.
Formed around 11,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, the lakes were the result of glaciers thrusting down from the Alps and gouging out deep valleys. Most of the lakes enjoy sheltered microclimates that make them warm and mild in winter, with the southern shores benefiting from winter sunshine and the northern shores shadowed by Alpine peaks. The four most important lakes are, from west to east, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como and Lake Garda. Between and around these are several minor lakes, such as Lake Orta, west of Maggiore, and Lake Iseo, midway between Como and Garda, as well as countless Alpine tarns trapped in the high valleys. The region offers classic images of Italy - balconies over blue water, sleepy cobblestone villages and stone cottages, secluded gardens and exotic flora.
Milan - Lake Como - Venice - Florence - Rome by Train
Sample Italy with all its best spots! Start with a visit to Milan (a fashion and shopping capital) then proceed by train for visits to Lake Como (a favorite destination for celebrities; Italy`s most famous lake); Venice (the stunning canal city, and backdrop to the world-famous short story `The Cask of Amontillado,` by Edgar Allen Poe), Florence (an art lovers dream; see the statue of David, The Birth of Venus and La Velata by Raphael) and Imperial Rome (seat of the Holy Roman Empire, full of tradition, history and legend). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Flight into Milan and out of RomeHotel for 2 nights in MilanTrain Milan to Lake ComoHotel for 2 nights in Lake ComoTrain Lake Como - VeniceHotel for 2 nights in VeniceTrain Venice - FlorenceHotel for 3 nights in Florence Train Florence - RomeHotel for 3 nights in Rome
Milan - Como - Venice by Train
Visit Italy in style with a multi-city vacation package. Combine sophisticated Milan (a fashion capital), beautiful Lake Como and romantic Venice (sumptuous palaces along beautiful canals) by Train. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Hotel for 3 nights in MilanTrain Milan-ComoHotel for 3 nights in ComoTrain Como-VeniceHotel for 3 nights in Venice
Tuscany and Lake Como
Immerse yourself in beauty! Start with a visit to artistic Florence, then pick up your car and spend sometime in beautiful Southern Tuscany, then head north for a visit to picturesque Lake Como.
Flight into Florence and out of MilanHotel for 3 nights in FlorenceRent a car for 8 daysHotel for 3 nights in Southern TuscanyHotel for 3 nights in Lake ComoHotel for 1 night in Milan
Venice - Lake Garda - Florence - Rome by Train
Start with a visit to romantic Venice, then catch the train for a visit to beautiful Lake Garda, from there continue to artistic Florence and end with a visit to historic Rome
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Lakes and Mountains
Visit Milan (a fashion capital), Desenzano del Garda (a resort town on the southern shore of Lake Garda, in northern Italy), Bolzano (in the South Tyrol province of north Italy, set in a valley amid hilly vineyards), Cortina D'Ampezzo (part of the Dolomiti Superski area, which encompasses the Falzarego Pass, with its downhill runs)and Venice (the romantic city set on canals) with rent a car. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Flight into Milan and out of VeniceHotel for 1 night in MilanRent a car for 6 daysHotel for 2 nights in Lake GardaHotel for 1 night in BolzanoHotel for 2 nights in Cortina D'AmpezzoHotel for 2 nights in Venice
Northern Lakes of Italy
Focus your visit to Italy on the varied Northern Lakes of Italy. Pick up your car in Milan and drive to Lake Maggiore, continue for a visit to Lake Como, then on to the largest one Lake Garda.
Flight into Milan and out of MilanRent a car for 8 daysHotel for 3 nights in Lake Maggiore Hotel for 2 nights in ComoHotel for 2 nights in Lake GardaHotel for 1 night in Milan
From Paris to Rome - The Scenic Route
Europe is well known for its sweeping beauty, and this ultimate vacation package will escort you from Paris (the romantic City of Lights), through Lucerne, Milan, Lake Maggiore, Venice and ultimately Rome with the Lyria TGV, Cisalpino, TRN and ES High Speed Trains. See the famous landscape, the museums, art and architecture that keeps visitors entranced with this spectacular continent. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Flight into Paris and out of RomeHotel for 2 nights in Paris Lyria TGV Train Paris - Lucerne Hotel for 2 nights in LucerneCisalpino Train Lucerne - Milan Hotel for 2 nights in MilanTRN Train Milan - Lake Maggiore (Stressa)Hotel for 2 nights in Lake Maggiore (Stressa)TRN Train Lake Maggiore (Stressa) - VeniceHotel for 2 nights in VeniceES Train Venice - RomeHotel for 2 nights in RomeDaily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)