Celebrated by painters and poets for centuries, the shores of these Italian lakes dazzle all who visit. From Lake Orta to Lake Como and Lake Garda, travelers will be captivated by the wealth of beauty and sophisticated elegance. Thanks to its southern alpine location, this region was created for all romantic souls in love with natural landscapes and culture in all its forms. With a piano festival, visits to magnificent basilicas and villas, wine tastings, and lounging around in small town squares of unparalleled charm, this trip is a like getting lost in a daydream...
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Restaurant and hotel on a lake. Just a few steps from Lake Orta, Villa Crespi is a spectacular property built in 1879. The villa’s arabesque architecture, stunning gardens and the hospitality of Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo and his wife Cinzia make a stay here magical. Antonino’s masterful cuisine is deeply influenced by the places and flavours experienced during his professional journey. His menu is an itinerary from southern to northern Italy, starting with a brochette of scallops and scampi and ending with pigeon and foie gras. From Villa Crespi you can contemplate a magnificent Italy, just 45 minutes away from Milan Malpensa: the medieval village of Orta and the Island of San Giulio, the famous site of Sacro Monte, and the Lake Maggiore. ... Learn moreless
This is where Nietzsche was rebuffed by the beautiful Salomé, and it was here, on this island, that the great writer was inspired to write Thus Spake Zarathustra. The island of San Giulio has retained its magic. People come to the impressive basilica to sit and reflect in front of the pulpit made of...Read More less
Sometimes the simplest pleasures are the finest, such as finding a spot early in the morning on a terrace in the Piazza Mario Motta to have a coffee, watch the rising sun light up San Giulio island, and observe how the quays gradually come to life. Dominated by colorfully painted old houses and a late-16th-century...Read More less
Lake Maggiore is so big that its colour changes depending on where you are, from jade green in the north to deep blue in the south. The best way to get to grips with it is, of course, by boat. This allows you to discover the amazing Borromean Islands (the Baroque palace which dominates Isola Bella is...Read More less
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Restaurant and hotel in the country. The Da Vittorio residence nestles in the gentle hills that separate the bubbling vitality of Milan from the spectacular landscape surrounding the Lombardy lakes: an elegant villa surrounded by extensive grounds offering a perfect oasis of wellness and relaxation. The Cerea brothers, both Chefs, await you in their gourmet restaurant: this is a culinary heaven considered to be a mecca for fish lovers since the 1960s. A procession of delicious shellfish and sublimely original dishes finishing with desserts with firework elements and a cellar with a treasure trove of authentic rare vintages guarantee a memorable experience. ... Learn moreless
Created in 1964 by virtuoso pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, the International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo has become an unmissable event for all musicians, singers, conductors and orchestras from around the world... In spring, a series of concerts are held in Bergamo and Brescia that...Read More less
Master of the Italian Bel Canto opera style, Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) was born and raised in Bergamo. Considered the successor of Rossini—and the rival of Bellini—Donizetti lived a life resonating with lyrical successes and family drama. The house in which he was born, and the Palazzo Scotti, in...Read More less
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Restaurant and hotel in the country. The Albereta welcomes you to a refined setting, which is marked by good taste: antique-style lounges and terraces with extraordinary vistas of Lake Iseo, between the hills and vineyards of Franciacorta. From the first coffee in the morning to the last glass in the evening, the Albereta reinterprets the bistro tradition in an Italian way, whilst the new restaurant highlights the cuisine of yesteryear. Add to this the magic of the opening ceiling of your room to gaze up at the stars from the comfort of your bed and an exclusive visit to the family cellars at Bellavista and Contadi Castaldi. Finally the Albereta is a place dedicated to health and beauty thanks to its Medical Spa Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot. ... Learn moreless
Monte Isola has the air of a mountain emerging from the water. The verdant island of Monte Isola rises almost 600 metres above Lake Iseo, and it is also the largest lake island in Europe. Climbing up to the magnificent Madonna della Ceriola sanctuary reveals an impressive panoramic view of the lake and...Read More less
More than just a vineyard, Ca' del Bosco represents the revival of Italian wine. This young company offers a range of highly refined wines in the heart of Franciacorta, in a landscape of walnut trees, acacias and oaks. The ultra-modern cellars were designed by renowned architects. This is a special place,...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on a lake. If Romeo and Juliet had enjoyed a happier ending to their story, it is easy to imagine it being played out here. Twenty minutes from Verona, the two lovers would have met secretly on the banks of Lake Garda. They would have strolled along the beach of Villa Fiordaliso, a neoclassical marvel with facades of Siena stone, long rows of lemon trees and a lounge decorated with Venetian stained glass. They would have taken refuge in a romantic room named after a flower: Iris, Mimosa, Orchid, or Magnolia, and would perhaps have lingered in the elegant piano bar in the medieval San Marco Tower which overlooks the private harbour. The rest of the story is yours to write. ... Learn moreless
Taking a boat to Isola del Garda is an extraordinary journey to the center of Lake Garda. Hiding behind its impressive ramparts is a magnificent villa built in the Venetian neo-gothic style. Guided visits allow you to discover a portion of its rooms as well as its superb Italian gardens. Every year,...Read More less
To the very south of Lake Garda, a thin slip of land juts out to the beautiful town of Sirmione. The Romans had already settled at the end of this thin peninsula, to make the most of the beneficial thermal waters. Rediscovered at the end of the 19th Century, the ancient thermal waters are amongst the...Read More less
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Total price communicated as an indication, based on a stay of the number of nights recommended on this webpage, taking place in the next 3 months, and based on double occupancy (excluding recommended activities, excluding properties not bookable online).
To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
“First we visit Lake Orta, then Lake Maggiore, and finally, Lake Garda. And in between, the Relais & Châteaux that seem to pay tribute to this gentle and entrancing landscape. This trip in Northern Italy is like no other. Perhaps because it is the most beautiful… I was born in Sorrento in Southern Italy, about 1000 km from the lake region! I was 20 years old when I first came to Lake Orta. I spent a year here before leaving to continue my chef training elsewhere, in Alsace amongst other places. It was only in 1999 that I returned to open, with my wife, the Villa Crespi hotel and restaurant. It was my wife, Cinzia, who really introduced me to the lake and its region. I have found beauty, happiness and a great source of inspiration here. Since then, I have not left this place that fills me with serenity.”