Italian Lakes Holidays

Holidays in the Italian lakes take you to a region of elegant charm and natural beauty, where historic lakeside villages lie below epic mountain scenery. Travellers have been coming here for decades in search of romance and outdoor adventures, to visit the area’s baroque palaces, explore winding mountain trails and soak up the chic but laid back ambience.

The Italian lakes reach from the River Po in the south to the lower Alps and the Dolomites at their northern end, and each stretch of water has its own distinct character. Lake Maggiore straddles the border of Italy and Switzerland. The spectacular water is home to five islands and 42 towns, and is scattered with palatial villas. Lake Orta is the smallest of the lakes, and has retained its authentic character by largely staying off the tourist map.

Lake Como has famous residents and film star looks. Lake Garda’s shores gradually change from gently sloping vineyards to the rocky mountain cliffs of the Dolomites. This dramatic backdrop offers some truly imposing scenery, with steep soaring peaks and razor sharp ridges. The unusual nature of the rock means the mountains seem to glow under certain conditions, especially at sunrise and sunset. Shades of pink and orange only serve to enhance the natural beauty of the grandiose surroundings.

Explore the Italian lakes with Citalia

At Citalia we have 95 years’ experience in helping people find their personal slice of Italian paradise, so you can savour your Italian lakes holiday and experience the area like a local. Whether that involves discovering a fine local restaurant, jet skiing around a lake, or just chilling out by the shore with a glass of the local tipple – it’s all down to you.

One great introduction for walkers is Lake Como’s Greenway Trail, an easy to follow 11km route along the less visited western shore of the lake. You’ll pass through a series of quaint old villages, one after the other, all offering unique little cafés and bars with views across the water.

Away from the famous lakes of Como, Maggiore and Garda, Lake Orta is smaller and less developed – but no less photogenic. The little island of Isola San Giulio, with its church and monastery buildings, is as picture postcard perfect as anywhere in Italy. And at the top of the lake, the town of Omegna is home to a delightful little harbour and a cluster of narrow cobbled streets, where you’ll find a handful of authentic restaurants.
a woman posing for a photo

Your plans, our expertise

Start planning your Citalia holiday by getting in touch with one of our Personal Travel Planners.

Lines open: Monday to Saturday 09:00 to 17:30, Bank Holidays 10:00 to 16:00.

Destinations in

Lake Garda
Holidays to Lake Garda offer visitors some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Situated in the north of the country, just west of Verona, Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. 
Town of Menaggio on lake Como, Milan, Italy
Lake Como
Holidays to Lake Como offer visitors a true taste of Italian luxury, romance and beauty.
Lago Maggiore, Cannobio
Lake Maggiore
Holidays to Lake Maggiore take you to the southern side of the Italian alps, the second largest in Italy and is one of the country’s most spectacular destinations, spanning more than forty miles.
Reflections on the Lake Orta (Italy)
Lake Orta
Holidays to Lake Orta take you to the best kept secret of the Italian Lakes in Northern Italy. 
Spring sunny morning on the city Maroney. Italy, the Alps, Lake Iseo.
Lake Iseo
Lake Iseo is situated between Lake Garda and Lake Como, and has a relaxed natural beauty. 

Flight Information

Flying is the quickest and easiest way to get to Italy from the UK and there are plenty of direct flights available to most airports within Italy. The biggest choice of flights are available from London and Manchester but you'll also be able to fly to certain destinations from regional airports. Flights take from 2 to 4 hours depending on where you fly from/to.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.


Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up. 
On guided tours/excursions it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation the driver and guide at the end of the tour.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

Feefo review image

What our customers think

We have been helping our customers discover the real Italy for 95 years now. Our experience and expertise, together with our attention to detail and personal touch, really does make us the leading Italian holiday specialist.

Request Your Quote
Request a Brochure