Italian Lakes Holidays by Rail

F rom the glamour of Lake Como, to the grandeur of Lake Garda, and the grace of Lake Maggiore, the Italian Lakes offer a wealth of entertainment for visitors. The active-minded can enjoy hiking and even paragliding from the mountains overlooking the lakes’ north shores, whilst there are plenty of opportunities for water sports too. Relaxation comes in the form of thermal spas, sightseeing and shopping, as well as the great food and wine you would expect in Italy. All three lakes have mainline stations connected to the rail network.

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Our Recommended Hotels in the Italian Lakes

Barchetta Excelsior Hotel

Overlooking Piazza Cavour on the shore of Lake Como, this modern hotel offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Some rooms have lake views and/or balconies. Guests can enjoy fine regional cuisine at the in-house restaurant, Bistro.

Sirmione, Lake Garda
Olivi Hotel and Spa

In the heart of the medieval town of Sirmione, this relaxing hotel overlooks the shore of Lake Garda, with panoramic views across the south and west of the lake. The 64 guest rooms are airy and spacious, and many have spectacular views of the lake. The spa facilities are superb, with a range of treatments to suit all budgets and tastes.

Villa Rosa Hotel

The Hotel Villa Rosa is situated directly on the lakefront in Desenzano del Garda, a 10-minute walk from the town centre. The hotel boasts light and modern bedrooms with tea & coffee making facilities, as well as a restaurant, an outdoor pool and hot tub.

Regina Palace

Hotel Regina Palace is a majestic Art Nouveau building offering refined classic-style interiors and a large garden with pool. It is right on the shore of Lake Maggiore, in Stresa. Rooms and common lounges are all decorated with antique furniture giving a sense of history and nobility.

Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees offers elegant rooms with marble bathrooms complete with spa bath. Some rooms have views of the distant Alps, some overlook the lake and the islands. The wellness centre feaetures an indoor swimming pool as well as hot tubs and saunas.

Hotel Giardinetto

Located directly on the shores of Lake Orta, the Hotel Giardinetto is a friendly, family run hotel boasting a rooftop bar and lakefront restaurant, both with panoramic views. The comfortable and welcoming bedrooms all come with free WI-FI internet access and there is also an outdoor swimming pool for those who don’t want to swim in the lake.

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