Villa Balbianello, Lenno, Lake Como

The classic holiday would be a beach resort or skiing package. However, for those looking for something a bit different, why not try the Lake District in Northern Italy. The lakes of Como, Maggiore and Garda are renowned for their outstanding natural beauty and incredible scenery. There are plenty of historic towns scattered along the shores of the lakes. All are characteristic of the area with shuttered ochre houses, cobble streets and small churches.

Travelling There
The three airports that are nearby and offer transfers are Milan Bergamo, Brescia and Verona. You can also get there with ease by rail and bus so travelling there should be a simple choice.

There are many forms of accommodation in the area from hotels to bed and breakfasts, which is the most common option. When choosing a hotel, be sure to not take any notice of the star ratings as most of the on and two star hotels are of excellent quality. However, if you are after class there are certain luxury hotels that offer the highest qualities.

History of the Area
Italian history is vast and heavily linked with the Roman Empire as is the Lake District area that remained with the Empire until its collapse. The Italian Renaissance that occurred during the 14th and 15th centuries involved the redevelopment of historic Italian Features. This was seen in the arts and architecture of the Lake District area. The city of Milan has a great influence on the lakes due to its close proximity.

Sights and Attractions
The main features of the area are obviously the magnificent lakes, especially those of Como, Maggiore and Garda. There are various excursions on each of the lakes that are worth a look such as the steam cruise on Lake Como and visits to the stunning gardens on shores of the lakes. If you like historic towns and villages then take a drive through the mountains as they are riddled with beautiful little towns.

Shopping in the Area
There are plenty of little shops that are unique to the area. Weekly outdoor markets are popular and have plenty of nice items to look through including jewellery, leather and ceramics. Paintings are also a common purchase from these markets as there are some great galleries to browse.

The towns in the Lake District have plenty of dining options that suit all tastes. The most common eating establishments are the restaurants an pizzerias however be sure to check the price on the menus before entering to assure they are within your budget.