A visit to the Italian Lake District is a feast for the senses. Views of Cerulean blue waters, lush Mediterranean vegetation and the snow-capped Swiss Alps are infused with the delicate aroma of jasmine and complimented by the taste of fine northern Italian cuisine.
Once a mandatory stop on the Grand Tour of Europe, a visit to Italy’s Lake District is the perfect pastoral setting for exhilarating day hikes from the Lake District’s charming villages and across her beautifully varied landscapes. From the tranquil shores of Lake Maggiore to the Swiss elegance of Lake Lugano, and finally to the sophistication of Lake Como, our day hikes through northern Italy’s Lake District take us through historic towns, woodlands and verdant pastures. We explore the area on foot and by boat, breathing in its spectacular scenery and gorgeous gardens, and exploring her quaint but colorful villages, Best enjoyed at a relaxed pace, we’ll visit with local Italian people as we explore remote coastal areas, hike country lanes and lake trails, traverse through alpine forests, and ferry across the lakes.
You might be wondering…where exactly IS the Italian Lakes District? This unique destination in Italy is located in the very north end of the country close to the border with Switzerland, just south of (and in full view of) the Swiss Alps. The major lakes within Italy’s Lake District include Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como, Lake Garda, and the minor lakes of Lake Orta, Lake Verese, and LakeIseo. Parts of Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano are located in Switzerland. Lake Como, Lake Lugano, and Lake Maggiore are located a short drive north of Milan.
Traveling on foot is a time-honored way to see the world, especially Northern Italy. Defined by stunning contrasts, we’ll hike the Italian Lakes District along foot-worn, ancient trails that wind past medieval hill villages and tiny churches, and from mountain villages to internationally acclaimed lakeside resorts and opulent villas that conjure up images of a more gracious past. Our Italian hotel accommodations range from the elegance of a family-run hotel to a restored Italian villa on spectacular Lake Como. For one night we cross the Swiss border and stay in a small, lovely Swiss hotel.
In the evenings, we dine by candlelight on the renowned cuisine of Northern Italy, enjoying quiet outdoor restaurant terraces with picturesque lakeside views. A time-honored hiking agenda, romantic and dramatic scenery, plus the cuisine of Northern Italy, all combine to make this very exclusive AdventureWomen Italian hiking vacation one of the highlights of our 2015 season. We love Italy and we hope you will too!
- Hike the trails that only the locals know on daily guided hikes with our Italian-based guide, and experience some of the most stunning scenery in Northern Italy’s Lake District.
- Travel to lakes, villages, and trails via scenic boat and ferry.
- Sip the famous red wines of Piedmonte with a special wine tasting to refine your palate. Savor the sumptuous Italian cuisine of the North.
- Visit the 17th century palace, the Villa Carlotta, with its delightful and expansive art collection and gardens.
- Tour the enchanting 19th century botanical gardens at the Villa Melzi in Bellagio.
- Relax in beautiful lakeside hotels with panoramic views.
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Wine Tasting