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Jane AndersonAward-winning travel writer Jane Anderson

Italian lakes

Our verdict:

In a world that’s increasingly accessible, the allure of the Italian Lakes remains undimmed. Who can resist those sparkling vistas and hotels so full of character like the Sirmione right on the shores of Lake Garda? Combine with a few days in Venice, Verona or Milan and you have an easy two-centre honeymoon where romance is off the scale.

Recommended tour operator: Inghams Italy

Inghams Italy says

Few destinations are more beautiful and romantic than the Italian Lakes, each of which offers a unique appeal and atmosphere.

  • Combine with Venice
  • Grand lakefront hotels
  • Romantic locations

In northern Italy, Lake Como is perhaps the best known and most popular with its grand lakeside hotels surrounded by majestic mountains. The local ferry service is perfect for hopping from one waterfront gem to another, with such evocative names as Bellagio, Menaggio and Tremezzo.

Lake Garda is no less scenic and we have a wide selection of hotels in Lake Garda North such as the Hotel Bellevue San Lorenzo, a charming hideaway with incredible lake views from its infinity pool and just a 15-minute stroll from pretty Malcesine.

Lake Garda South is ideal for visiting local vineyards such as Valpolicello and Bardolino and Garda itself has a wonderful atmosphere – and some of the best ice-cream in Italy! Hotel Sirmione is one of our honeymoon favourites, a romantic gem located bang on the waterfront in pretty Sirmione.

If spa time is high on your list, check out the new spa centre and thermal water pools at the delightful Hotel Olivi, just a five minute walk from the centre of Sirmione.

Stylish Stresa and elegant Baveno are our pick of the resorts around Lake Maggiore. Close to Stresa, the Hotel Villa & Palazzo Aminta is an elegant choice with a superb spa and gorgeous views over the must-visit Borromean Islands.

Lake Iseo is less well known and, as a result, it feels more off the beaten track. Our pick of the places to stay is the low-key Hotel Iseolago.

Close to the centre of Malcesine, the Hotel Maximillian is a charming four star hotel offering great value for money and stunning views of Lake Garda.

Our team can combine a stay in Venice, Verona or Milan with the Italian Lakes and, wherever you stay, transfer times from airports are short, there’s no need to hire a car as local transport is so good and you have so much to explore right on your doorstep.

Find out more about our honeymoons in the Italian Lakes and some multi-centre honeymoon ideas.

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