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Gardens of the italian lakes: Lakes Como, Maggiore and Garda

The gardens of the Italian lakes are some of the most outstanding in Europe, beautiful in their design and range. The proposed tour is divided between Italy’s major lakes, ComoMaggiore and Garda, where each shore, each promontory and island has its own character, but everywhere is pervaded by light, perfume and natural beauty.

 

The journey starts from Maggiorethe second largest lake of Northern Italy, after Garda, extending northwards into Switzerland, with the air of an inland sea. The last part of the Piedmont shore of the lake possesses a variety of places of artistic and cultural interest. A pleasant stroll in the enchanting town of Belgirate leads You to the little gothic Church of Santa Maria, which dates from the 12th century. Throughout the 19th century the town attracted a number of famous people, who built the stunning villas with their gardens now seen alongside the townhouses of the local bourgeoisie. You will visit Villa Fontanaone of the oldest mansion houses in Belgirate, built by the Beretta family in the 18th century and purchased in 1892 by the famous Milan publisher Emilio Treves, who renamed the house “Villa Maria” in honor of his daughter. Admire its splendid English-style gardens. The journey continues to the lakeside town of Stresafrom where a private ferry boat takes You to the most stunning and characteristic places on Maggiore Lake, the Borromean Islands. You will first enjoy a short crossing to the breathtaking Isola Bella, which is one of the world’s beautiful island. Explore its 17th-Century Baroque Palazzo Borromeo, surrounded by scenographic gardens. Then stroll along the charming promenade of the tiny Isola dei Pescatori, and admire the lush vegetation on Isola Madre, noted for its botanical garden.

 

Before heading towards Como transfer to Verbania Pallanza to visit Villa Taranto, with its wide 20th century botanical gardens and plant collection. Then admire the richly frescoed Villa Cicogna Mozzoni in Bisuschio, a former hunting ground then a fabulous Renaissance house in the 16th century with a gorgeous garden, statues, fountains and grotto. Depart on a private boat trip to admire Villa Carlotta, on the western shore of Lake Como, famous for its magnificent botanic garden and art masterpieces. Then the neoclassical Villa Melzi at Bellagio with its early 19th century English style garden that inspired both Liszt and Stendhal. Villa del Balbianelloa late 18th century villa with spectacular gardens at the tip of a wooded promontory in the middle of Lake Como, is also worth a visit.

 

The tour allows You to explore Gardathe largest Italian lake, with its typical Mediterranean greenery. You will admire Gardone Riviera that owes its fame mostly to the Heller terrace gardens built at the beginning of the 20th century. Enjoy a private boat cruise around Catullo Caves, then continue to Lake Garda’s biggest islandIsola del Garda, which is still owned by the Cavazza Family. You will admire the impressive neo-Gothic villa and its gardens which are rich in local and exotic plants and unique flowers. End the tour by visiting Sirmione, a picturesque medieval town located on the south shore of Lake Garda.

The rate includes

  • 2 overnights in 4 star hotels in Stresa or Baveno on BB basis;
  • 2 overnights in 4 star hotels in Menaggio on BB basis;
  • 2 overnight in 4 star hotels in Desenzano on BB basis;
  • Private transfers as per program;
  • Private boat as per program;
  • Entrance fees as per program;
  • Private local guide as per program;

The rate does not include

  • Assistant at disposal for the whole tour;
  • Hotel city tax to be paid on spot;
  • Tips (to chauffeur and driver);
  • All items not specified in the chapter “the prices include”.
7 Days
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Day 1: Milan Malpensa - Maggiore Lake

Arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport. Transfer to Maggiore, the second largest lake of Northern Italy. Stop to visit the enchanting town of Belgirate. Then admire Villa Fontana, one of the oldest mansion houses in Belgirate, with its splendid English-style gardens. Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel in Stresa or Baveno.
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Day 2: Borromean Islands

After breakfast boarding on Your private ferry boat from Stresa for a short crossing to the breathtaking island garden of Isola Bella. Visit its 17th-Century Palazzo Borromeo, surrounded by scenographic garden. Then transfer to the nearby Isola dei Pescatori  In the afternoon stop in Isola Madre, noted for its botanical garden, rich in rare plants and exotic trees and plants.  Return by boat to the hotel.

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Day 3: Pallanza - Como Lake

After breakfast head first to Pallanza to visit Villa Taranto and its wide 20th century botanical gardens and plant collection. Admire the richly frescoed Villa Cicogna Mozzoni in Bisuschio, a former hunting ground then a fabulous Renaissance house in the 16th century with a gorgeous garden, statues, fountains and grotto. Arrival in Como Lake. Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel in Menaggio.
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Day 4: Como Lake

After breakfast enjoy a private boat trip to Villa Carlotta, famous for its magnificent botanic garden and art masterpieces. Then head towards Bellagio to explore Villa Melzi gardens. In the afternoon visit of Villa del Balbianello, a late eighteenth-century villa with a spectacular gardens at the tip of a wooded promontory. Return back to the hotel.
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Day 5: Garda Lake

After breakfast transfer towards Garda, the largest Italian lake. Stop in Gardone Riviera to visit the Heller terrace gardens, built at the beginning of the 20th century. Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel in Desenzano.
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Day 6: Sirmione

After breakfast enjoy Your private boat cruise around Catullo Caves and Garda Island, which is still owned by the Cavazza Family. You will admire the impressive neo-Gothic villa and its gardens which are rich in local and exotic plants and unique flowers. End the tour by visiting Sirmione, a picturesque medieval town located on the south shore of Lake Garda. Return to the hotel by coach.
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Day 7: Departure

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to Malpensa or Orio al Serio Bologna Airport.

Tour Location

MAGGIORE LAKE

The second largest lake of Italy, after Garda Lake, Maggiore Lake is one of the “pearls” of the northern Italy lake area. Located to the south of the Alps, it has a mild climate that allows it to foster incredible natural landscapes and botanical gardens.    

BELGIRATE

Belgirate lies in a beautiful situation on the promontory separating the Borromean Gulf from the southern part of Lake Maggiore. Throughout the 19th century the town attracted a number of famous people: figures of the Risorgimento, statesmen and poets, who built the superb villas with their gardens now seen alongside the townhouses of the local bourgeoisie. Villa Fontana is one of the oldest mansion houses in Belgirate, built by the historic Beretta family in the 18th century and purchased in 1892 by the famous Milan publisher Emilio Treves, who renamed the house “Villa Maria” in honour of his daughter. Villa has splendid English-style gardens with a majestic marine palm, beautiful magnolias, camphor trees and huge monkey puzzles.    

BORROMEAN ISLANDS

The Borromean islands, with the historical Borromeo family residences, are  surrounded by astonishing Italian Gardens. Boarding on Your private boat from Stresa for a short crossing to the breath-taking island garden of Isola Bella. Visit of its 17th-Century Palazzo Borromeo, surrounded by scenographic garden. Transfer to the nearby Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island). In the afternoon visit of Isola Madre, noted for its botanical garden , rich in rare plants and exotic trees and plants. Return by boat to the hotel.    

PALLANZA & COMO LAKE

Visit of Villa Taranto, in Pallanza. View of its extraordinarily rich botanical collection created in the 1930s by Neil McEacharn. En route towards Como Lake stop in Villa Cicogna. Visit of the richly frescoed Renaissance villa, with sixteenth-century terraced garden, water staircase, and nineteenth-century garden on sevel levels. Private boat from the hotel to enjoy the fine botanical collection at Villa Carlotta. Time to visit the villa and its fine collection of paintings and sculpture. Visit of Bellagio, with Villa Melzi gardens. In the afternoon visit of Villa del Balbianello, a late eighteenth-century villa with a spectacular gardens at the tip of a wooded promontory.    

GARDA LAKE

Stop in Gardone Riviera. Visit of the Heller terrace gardens built at the beginning of the 20th century. The garden is located in the very center of the town, achieving, in fact, an elegant and balanced passage between the two sides of the city: the first, modern and intensely frequented by mainstream tourists, and the other one, which have kept its traditional air, being less affected by the tourism. Departure on private cruise around Catullo Caves, and Garda Island from Desenzano. Visit of the great garden of Lake Garda Cavazza family, the biggest island on Lake Garda. On the central terrace at the front of the Villa the garden is in the classical Italian style with well-modeled hedges which represent various figures including the emblem of the De Ferrari family who gave life to the garden. Near the villa, palms originating from the Canary Islands grow. On the lower terrace, on the banks of the lake fruit trees such as persimmons, lemons, pears, pomegranates, olives, oranges, grapefruit, prickly pears, jujubes and capers can be found. End of the cruise in Sirmione and time at leisure to relax and discover individually the proud of Garda Lake.

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