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Village Life Around the Italian Lakes

Village Life Around the Italian Lakes

per person

Northern Italy’s fabled Lake District beckons with its shimmering glacial waters, soaring Alpine peaks, and bijou towns on a 7-night itinerary that immerses you in the distinct bella figura Italian style that has inspired poets, composers, artists, and philosophers for centuries.

Visit Bellagio; Villa del Balbianello; Stresa; Isola Bella; and Sacro Monte di Orta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Milan, visit the Duomo and Teatro alla Scala, and enjoy a specially arranged viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Other highlights include:

  • Stroll along Como’s medieval towers and walls, Renaissance palaces and churches, neoclassical 19thcentury villas, and small family-owned negozio, or shops.
  • See the magnificent Duomo di Como and the 12thcentury Romanesque Basilica di San Fedele.
  • Visit the crown jewel of the Borromean archipelago, Isola Bella, occupied by the 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo.
  • Enjoy amazing mountain views from Stresa, the setting for Ernest Hemingway’s iconic novel “A Farewell to Arms”.
  • Behold the majesty of Milan’s late-Gothic Duomo and the Teatro alla Scala opera house.
  • Explore the magnificent Villa del Balbianello and its unique terraced gardens.
  • Discover the heart of Orta San Giulio’s medieval village center to admire Baroque palazzos built by Italian nobility.
  • Visit chapels dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi atop the summit of UNESCO-inscribed Sacro Monte di Orta.
  • Cruise across the cobalt-blue water in a private boat to Isola San Giulio, taking in views of Italian villas and gardens along the way.


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    Village Life Around the Italian Lakes