Italy’s northern lakes are one of the world's most glamorous holiday destinations, with their scenic views, grand villas and picturesque gardens all set against a backdrop of snow-topped peaks.
Visitors are impressed by the breathtaking beauty of Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, with their sparkling blue waters and charming towns.
If you've been considering a trip to this incredible part of Italy, you'll want to know all about Good Housekeeping's exclusive eight-day tour this October, which will show you the best of the lakes and the surrounding area.
You'll be based on the shores of Lake Orta, a smaller lake in a peaceful location in the foothills of the Alps. From here you'll explore the local area's beautiful landscapes, glittering lakes and charming towns.
You'll head to Lake Maggiore, Italy's second largest lake, and visit the majestic villas and gardens of Stresa on the western shore, and the wonderful Botanic Gardens of Villa Taranto.
Then it's on to Lake Como to enjoy incredible views across the water as you explore the traditional villages, villas and parks of Como and Tremezzo, and tour the historic Villa Carlotta.
There'll even be time to head across the border to neighbouring Switzerland's Lake Lugano, to stroll around beautiful squares, arcaded walkways and gardens blooming with subtropical plants.
Why you'll love our exclusive trip to the Italian lakes
Visit epic gardens
You'll get a chance to admire the lush Botanic Gardens of Villa Taranto along with many wonderful public gardens in the lakeside villages and towns.
Spend a day in stylish Milan
You'll have a day to spend soaking up the bustle of this cosmopolitan city. You can climb the Duomo, stroll along upscale street Via Montenapoleone and marvel at the iconic shopping gallery Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
Stay in a beautiful lakeside hotel
During this trip you'll be staying at the four-star Hotel Giardinetto in Pettenasco, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Orta.
There’s a sun deck and inviting lakeside restaurant with views of the lake where you can enjoy unforgettable sunsets.
How to book
Want to visit the Italian lakes with Good Housekeeping this October? Visit our holiday website to read all the details about our fantastic eight-day holiday and how to book.
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