Celebrated by poets from Virgil to Wordsworth for their extraordinary beauty, the alpine lakes – Como, Maggiore and Garda – are the jewels of northern Italy. The region has been a popular retreat since the imperial Roman elite began building summer homes here.
The lavish villas and gardens that sprang up along the shores in the successive centuries are highlights. The most famous of these is Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore, transformed by the Borromeo family in the 17th century from a small fishing village into a vast baroque palazzo with elaborate terraced grounds.
We arrange tailored trips to the region, and can arrange for clients to stay in magnificent private villas. The Lakes are a haven for relaxation amid majestic scenery and a refreshing climate.