Walking holidays in Italy

Italy is blessed with magical mountains, shimmering lakes and a long indented coastline that for centuries has drawn the rich and famous to its shores and water’s edge villas. Steeped in history and sun, abundant in fruits and vines, and flamboyant in its menus and food traditions, Italy is a much enjoyed holiday destination. But how to escape the crowds? Leave that to us!

In line with the local La Dolce Vita tempo, we have pieced together a gentle walking tour around one of Italy’s most scenic lakes - Lake Como, which lies long and narrow at the foothills of the Alps. Of course we include romantic boat rides across the water and stays in the pick of charming villages along the waterfront. We’ve paired choice villa gazing with the best panoramic views and the most idyllic ancient mule tracks with all the time in the world to stop and stare when the sun is high. Not so many will follow these footpaths or find that garden shade.


Our Italy highlights

Villa Carlotta

On view in the villa is The Kiss -Hayez’s depiction of Romeo and Juliet and in the garden,150 varieties of camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons

Included in our Vistas and villas on Lake Como holiday

Boat hopping on lake Como

Criss crossing Lake Como by boat is a magical way to catch the water’s backdrop of Alpine mountains

Included in our Vistas and villas on Lake Como holiday

Lakeside refreshment

Not much beats a cold drink in the shade looking across the shimmering waters of one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes

Included in our Vistas and villas on Lake Como holiday

Stop at Gelateria del Borgo

Don’t miss the wonderful ice cream from Bellagio’s best parlour

Included in our Vistas and villas on Lake Como holiday

Villa Balbianello

Fabulous terraced gardens at this stunningly located villa which you might also recognise if you’ve watched Star Wars and Casino Royale

Included in our Vistas and villas on Lake Como holiday

Bellagio

The gem of Lake Como, surrounded by water with a backdrop of dramatic Alpine foothills tumbling down to the lake side.

Included in our Vistas and villas on Lake Como holiday


Our Italy Walking holidays