Stunning, majestic and great fun.
Easily accessed from Milan, the Italian lakes have been attracting tourists since the days of the Grand Tour, when they became the playgrounds for wealthy Europeans during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Whether you take a house on the shore or high in the surrounding hills, be sure to hop onto one of the ferries that criss-cross Como, Garda and Maggiore. Enjoy a fabulous lunch at Bellagio, a spot of shopping in Como or an aperitif at the Villa d’Este. This is old fashioned Italian chic at its best, where discretion is the only language spoken.
Though undeniably glamorous in parts, the lakes are a surprisingly good destination for teenagers, who’ll find water sports, mountain bikes and lots of lively café life to keep them busy and entertained.