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Estate Affascinante

San Siro , Como

Sleeps 27   Baths 11
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Welcome Dinner ✔  
Week starting at $20,600

Estate Affascinante is the combination of Villa Affascinante and Villa Giallo. Villa Giallo is located right behind Villa Affascinante and both properties can be connected through a small gate. Both Villas combined can accommodate up to 27 people. Villa Affascinante is a beautiful mid XIX ...more


Villa Affascinante

San Siro , Como

Sleeps 20   Baths 9
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Welcome Dinner ✔  
Week starting at $16,200

Villa Affascinante is a beautiful mid XIX Century Villa that has always belonged to the family of the Marquis of Rezzonico. Renovated and redecorated in the fall of 2006, the villa faces southeast at the mid-point of Lake Como and has fabulous views of the three arms of the lake and of the ...more


Casa Agiato Vita

Varenna , Como

Sleeps 19/25   Baths 7
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $9,990

Casa Agiato Vita occupies one of the most panoramic positions on Lake Como, with views over the three branches of the lake and includes views of Bellagio. The villa is located on a hillside and sits on a huge 60 acre estate close to the castle of Vezio. The landscape is one of unique beauty. The ...more


Villa Vincenzo

Cernobbio , Como

Sleeps 19   Baths 8
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $85,050

Villa Vincenzo is one of the most beautiful villas on Lake Como, owned for centuries by the most important Italian aristocratic families. It is located 3 km north of Cernobbio (between the famous Villa d'Este Hotel and George Clooney's villa). Restaurants and shops are within walking distance. ...more


Menaggio Retreat 1

Menaggio Nobiallo, Como

Sleeps 18   Baths 9
A/C ✓   Internet ✓   Jacuzzi ✔   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $13,200

Menaggio Retreat 1 is a large villa directly on the lake shore, overlooking the bay of Nobiallo and its marina . It sleeps 18 in 9 double bedrooms each with en suite bathroom. There are unique and modern Italian furnishings through out. The ground floor unit and the upper unit can be offered ...more


Villa Suisse

Cernobbio, Como

Sleeps 16   Baths 7
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   Jacuzzi ✔   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔   Welcome Dinner ✔  
Week starting at $11,050

For groups of up to 10 people (5 bedrooms): 20% discount in High and Mid season and 10% discount in low season.

On request: Baby sitting, cook service, transfer, extra maid service, laundry ...more


Vergante Estate

Gattico , Novara

Sleeps 15/20   Baths 8
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   Jacuzzi ✔   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $4,060

On the ridge of the hills between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, in an expansive 18th century park, a local Italian family built a modern, prestigious country estate for their own family vacations. Now these two houses are available to families and groups wanting to spend a holiday in a roomy, ...more


Villa Como I

Varenna, Como

Sleeps 15   Baths 4
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $7,500

Villa Como I occupies one of the most panoramic positions on Lake Como with views over the three branches of the lake, including views of Bellagio. The villa is located on a hillside and sits on a huge 60 acre estate close to the castle of Vezio. The landscape is one of unique beauty. The view ...more


Villa Laveno + Guest House

Laveno Mombe, Varese

Sleeps 14/16   Baths 7
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔   Welcome Dinner ✔  
Week starting at $8,500

10% discount for all 2014 weeks still available

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Villa Crabbia

PETTENASCO - CRABBIA, Novara

Sleeps 14   Baths 5
Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $6,600

Villa Crabbia is a charming 18th century villa rental boasting a superb location with breathtaking views on beautiful Lake Orta, a small romantic lake in the Piedmont district of northern Italy, close to Lake Maggiore. The residence has been recently renovated with special care, especially in the ...more


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Palazzo Sordello

Mantova

Sleeps 14   Baths 5
A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $12,775

Palazzo Sordello is a 12th century palace located in the heart of Mantova, a hidden gem in northern Italy, declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 2008. Once home to the Bonacolsi family who ruled the town from 1272 to 1328, the palace today offers a wonderful, unique accommodation combining ...more


Villa Paesino

Brovello, Verbano

Sleeps 14/16   Baths 5
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $7,600

Located uphill in the center of a nice small village overlooking Lake Maggiore, Villa Paesino has been recently restored. Villa Paesino has a panoramic pool and dates from the 1400's and is related to the Visconti castle located nearby. The owners, have restored their home with great care leaving ...more


Villa Appiani

Como, Como

Sleeps 14/27   Baths 7
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔   Welcome Dinner ✔  
Week starting at $25,500

On the water yet only a five minute lakeside stroll from Como's central piazza, Villa Appiani is one of Lake Como's most unique and historic Luxury Villas. A three year renovation, finished in 2009, has restored the 1772 villa to its full artistic splendor, while adding modern conveniences such as ...more


Villa David

Pianello del Lario, Como

Sleeps 12/14   Baths 5
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Welcome Dinner ✔  
Week starting at $10,000

Villa David is a lakefront villa to rent located 10 kilometers north of Menaggio, on the northwest shore of Lake Como. The villa is located in a unique setting and provides access to the beach. The property includes private parking for 6 cars behind the house, covered swimming pool, a large ...more


Villa Tremezzo

Tremezzo, Como

Sleeps 12   Baths 6
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $38,500

Villa Tremezzo has six fantastic bedrooms and can sleep twelve guests. This magnificent villa is situated on the Western Shore of Lake Como not far from Bellagio. It is drenched in history, culture, beauty and has inspired an infinite number of poetic essays, descriptions and studies. Built in the ...more


Menaggio Retreat 2

Menaggio Nobiallo, Como

Sleeps 12   Baths 6
A/C ✓   Internet ✓   Jacuzzi ✔   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $7,890

Menaggio Retreat 2 is the lower level of Menaggio Retreat 1 and is directly on the lake shore, overlooking the bay of Nobiallo and its marina . It sleeps 12 in 6 double en-suite bedrooms. There are unique and modern Italian furnishings through out. The ground floor unit and the upper unit can be ...more


Villa Colico

Colico, Lecco

Sleeps 11/12   Baths 3
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   Jacuzzi ✔   View ✔  
Week starting at $10,500

Designed in the middle of the 20th century as a holiday retreat for a very important Milanese family, Villa Colico sits on a gated, sloped land (approx. 7.4 acres) on Lake Como's northeast shore. The villa enjoys panoramic views of the magnificent blue lake and the mountains beyond. The view, the ...more


Villa Vincenzo - Dependence

Cernobbio , Como

Sleeps 10   Baths 4
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $11,397

Villa Vincenzo -dependence is the smaller house on the Estate of Villa Vincenzo. The Dependence is a 4,000 square foot (450 square metres) villa that sits atop Lake Como. It is a beautiful Villa made of Moltrasio stone and wood. It was specifically designed to take advantage of the magnificent ...more


Villa Raggiante

Laveno, Lake Maggiore

Sleeps 10/12   Baths 3
Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $4,600

Villa Raggiante sleeps 10 people in 5 bedrooms and has 3 bathrooms. Located on the Eastern shore of Lake Maggiore, this villa rental in the Italian Lakes has direct lake access by its private beach and open views over the lake and the islands framed by the snow-capped mountains. At a walking ...more


Villa Laveno

Laveno Mombello, Varese

Sleeps 10/12   Baths 6
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔   Welcome Dinner ✔  
Week starting at $6,600

10% discount for all 2014 weeks still available

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Almabella Court

Peschiera del Garda , Verona

Sleeps 10/11   Baths 5
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $4,400

This elegant Villa rental on Lake Garda in Italian Lakes can accommodate up to ten people. It is part of a beautiful historic complex owned, loved and respected by the same family for more than 400 years. The current configuration was defined by an important project in 1734, when it became ...more


Villa Maggiore

Meina , Novara

Sleeps 10   Baths 3
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $3,550

10% discount for all 2014 weeks still available

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Villa Magico

Crabbia, Vercelli

Sleeps 9   Baths 4 View ✔  
Week starting at $4,900

Charming and elegant, this Holiday villa rental is located in the lakeshore village of Crabbia, 3 km from Orta (the Capital of Lake Orta). The villa sleeps 9 in 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms, a living room, patio and kitchen. Villa Magico comes complete with a private dock, a row boat, beautiful ...more


Villa Vacciago

Vacciago di Ameno, Novara

Sleeps 8   Baths 4
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   Jacuzzi ✔   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $6,600

This beautiful 17th century villa was completely renovated in 2012. Luxury materials were harmoniously combined with modern technology and all structural details were maintained, restored and enhanced. Villa Vacciago's features include stunning 17th century architectural elements such as large ...more


Villa Nuovo

Lesa , Novara

Sleeps 8   Baths 3 View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $2,700

Located in Lesa, on the Lake Maggiore coastal road, Villa Nuovo is a detached modern villa just few meters from the lake. The villa is accessed from the main road through a gate. From there, steps lead up to the beautiful garden (800 m2) flourishing with flowers and trees. As you ascend a few ...more


Villa Perla

Pognana-Lario , Como

Sleeps 8   Baths 2 View ✔  
Week starting at $3,190

This villa to rent near Como on Lake Como is a charming house built in the Country Liberty style of the late 1800's - 1930's with equally charming decorating and furnishings. The villa, overlooking the lake below, is located in a tiny shore village 14 km from Como. In the village there is a post ...more


Casa Paseo

Varenna , Lecco

Sleeps 8/10   Baths 2
Pool ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $3,950

Casa Paseo is a picturesque villa on Lake Como with a lovely garden located at the entrance of a multi-dwelling property. The front of the house looks toward the garden and the lake, while the back part of the house is at the end of a local road which stops five meters beyond the house. ...more


Villa Rizzo

Ghiffa, Lake Maggiore

Sleeps 8   Baths 2
Week starting at $3,492

This lovely home on Lake Maggiore, Italy, has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It sleeps 8 with a large garden and parking for up to 3 vehicles. The house is located in Ghiffa, which is 3 miles north of Verbania on the West side of Lake Maggiore. The house lies above the Statale road that leads to ...more


Villa Cernobbio

Moltrasio, Como

Sleeps 8   Baths 3
A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔   Welcome Dinner ✔  
Week starting at $7,650

Located on the shore of the lake Como between the famous Villa d’Este hotel in Cernobbio and George Clooney’s residence in Laglio, Villa Cernobbio is an historical villa rental with lake access, private mooring and easy access to the village. This four bedroom villa can accommodate 8 guests and is ...more


Villa Divertido

Stresa, Verbano-Cusio

Sleeps 8/10   Baths 4
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔   Welcome Dinner ✔  
Week starting at $12,000

Villa Divertido is a beautiful, Air Conditioned, lake side villa sleeping 8 people* with pool, tennis court and private dock. Free amenities such as tennis court, tennis table, soccer, basket dinghy, sailing, canoeing, bicycles, and 9 holes private golf are available at no extra cost. There is ...more


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Casa Meina

Arona , Novara

Sleeps 8   Baths 3
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔   Welcome Dinner ✔  
Week starting at $6,145

Casa Meina is a spacious and comfortable cozy house, sleeping eight guests with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It is located just one kilometer uphill from the village of Meina - a peaceful lakeside town with cobbled streets on the western shore of Lake Maggiore. Casa Meina is not on the ...more


Villa Garda II

Toscolano Maderno

Sleeps 8/9   Baths 4
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   Jacuzzi ✔   View ✔  
Week starting at $4,200

Designed in the twenties by the architect Giancarlo Maroni, Villa Garda II comprises a wing of an estate that has been recently renovated and modernized. A working estate, the property is home to over 1000 ancient olive trees, which are still producing high quality extra-virgin and DOP certificated ...more


Villa Ossuccio

Ossuccio , Como

Sleeps 8   Baths 5
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $22,800

At Villa Ossuccio you will find it all! Come and enjoy the wonders of Lake Como at Villa Ossuccio which is located directly on Lake Como, about 25 km from the town of Como. This 500 Square meter villa is located on a lake shore property of 2.5 acres with a private pool and boat house. The villa can ...more


Palazzo

Toscolano Maderno , Brescia

Sleeps 7   Baths 2 View ✔  
Week starting at $3,650

This elegant and completely frescoed villa rental is located in a beautiful 18th century Palazzo on Italy's Lake Garda. A perfect example of the fascinating 18th century Venetian architecture, this spacious (700 sqm) and culturally rich apartment occupies the first floor of the three story ...more


Villa Como

Varenna , Lecci

Sleeps 7   Baths 2
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $3,950

Villa Como occupies one of the most panoramic positions on Lake Como with views over the three branches of the lake, including views of Bellagio. The villa is located on a hillside and sits on a huge 60 acre estate close to the castle of Vezio. The landscape is one of unique beauty. The view from ...more


Casa Pescatore

San Siro, Como

Sleeps 6/8   Baths 3 View ✔  
Week starting at $3,950

Casa Pescatore is an original fisherman's house to rent on Lake Como next to the pebbled shore, and above the water. It is situated in the picturesque public lake resort of San Siro on the northwest side of the lake. It consists of 2 double bedrooms with loft that has 2 single beds, a seprate ...more


Villa Giallo

San Siro, Como

Sleeps 6/7   Baths 3
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $4,300

On the west side of Lake Como, 1 km (by car) from the lake shore and the village of San Siro, this cozy independent villa sleeps up to 7. A small independent villa, tastefully furnished, has a fenced garden and is very private. It is located about 400 meters (walking) and 1 km (by car) from the ...more


Villa Statal

Meina , Novara

Sleeps 6   Baths 2 View ✔  
Week starting at $2,950

Located near the village of Meina, this Lake Maggiore villa can sleep 6 guests in 3 bedrooms. The charming accommodation has 3 levels and 200 sq. meters of living space, as well as 1000 sq. meters of private garden. The villa is a great location for almost any kind of vacation; meditative walks ...more


Villa Lesa

Lesa, Novara

Sleeps 6   Baths 3
Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $1,690

Overlooking Lake Maggiore and the Castle of Angera, this Villa to rent in Lesa is just outside of Lesa and can sleep 5 or 6 guests in 3 bedrooms. Located in a residential area and within 4 kms of Stresa and Arona, the villa is surrounded by a manicured fenced garden that provides full privacy. ...more


Casa Moltrasio

Tosnacco, Como

Sleeps 6   Baths 2
Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $2,800

Casa Moltrasio is a charming village house, recently refurbished to a very high standard throughout. The owner has tastefully combined antique pieces with modern touches and has truly done a wonderful job to make guests feel perfectly at home away from home! The house is situated in the ...more


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Lago Mezzola Retreat

Lago di Mezzola, Como

Sleeps 6   Baths 2
Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $4,400

Lago Mezzola Retreat is located north of Lake Como on Lake Mezzola. The villa is on 5 acres of wooded land. This private park is fully fenced and located directly on the lake. Lago Mezzola Retreat itself is about 180 m2 and is suitable for 6 guests with its three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has ...more


Menaggio Retreat 3

Menaggio Nobiallo, Como

Sleeps 6   Baths 3
A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $4,800

Menaggio Retreat 3 is upper level of Menaggio Retreat 1 and is directly on the lake shore, overlooking the bay of Nobiallo and its marina . It sleeps 6 in3 double en-suite bedrooms. There are unique and modern Italian furnishings through out. This unit and the ground floor unit can be offered ...more


Bellagio 2

Bellagio, Como

Sleeps 6   Baths 3
A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $4,900

Bellagio 2 is a newly refurbished apartment located directly on Lake Como and walking distance to the quaint town of Bellagio. The apartment is located in a pedestrian area. Bellagio 2 can accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 beautifully appointed ensuite bedrooms. Enjoy the perks of a hotel in your own ...more


Villa Garda I

Toscolano Maderno

Sleeps 6/8   Baths 3
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   Internet ✓   Jacuzzi ✔   View ✔  
Week starting at $5,745

Standing majestically on a hill overlooking Lake Garda, Villa Garda I is a refined and elegant retreat offering luxury indoor and outdoor spaces. A working estate, the property is home to over 1000 ancient olive trees, which are still producing high quality extra-virgin and DOP certificated olive ...more


Casa del Arcate

Lesa , Novara

Sleeps 5/6   Baths 2
A/C ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $2,700

Located on the shore of Lake Maggiore, Casa del Lago can sleep 5 to 6 guests in 4 bedrooms. Only a child of 6 is accepted as the 6th person. The private lakeshore cottage is located in a scenic and glamorous setting. The residence has its own mooring and beach. The charming L-shaped villa has two ...more


Villa Paesino 1

Brovello-Carpugnino, Verbano-Cusio

Sleeps 4   Baths 1
Pool ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $2,650

Located uphill from the town of Stresa in the center of a nice small village overlooking the lake, this recently restored villa dates from 1400's and is related to the Visconti Castle located nearby. The owners have restored Paesino with great care leaving the details of the past in place. ...more


Villa Paesino 5

Brovello-Carpugnino , Verbano-Cusio

Sleeps 4   Baths 1
Pool ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $2,450

Villa Paesino 5 is located uphill from the town of Stresa in the center of a nice small village overlooking the lake, this recently restored villa dates from 1400's and is related to the Visconti Castle located nearby. The owners have restored Paesino with great care leaving the details of the past ...more


Casa Piana

Varenna , Lecci

Sleeps 4   Baths 1
Pool ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $2,275

Casa Piana can accommodate 2 to 4 guests with its two bedrooms and one full bathroom. Casa Piana has recently been restored and is part of an estate with two other other houses. Casa Piana is located in the town of Varenna which is a lovely Lake Como town. Built on a rocky promontory, it was for ...more


Apartment Luna

Lesa, Lake Maggiore

Sleeps 4   Baths 1
Pool ✓  
Week starting at $1,650

Apartment Luna is a modern unit located in a private, security gated residential complex 3 km uphill from Lesa (on the south-west bank of Lake Maggiore). Surrounding the house is a large garden with two pools that are shared with the other units. In the background is a very lovely view of the ...more


Bellagio 1

Bellagio, Como

Sleeps 4   Baths 2
A/C ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $3,440

At Bellagio 1 enjoy the beauty of Lake Como in a newly refurbished apartment directly on the lake just outside the town of Bellagio. It is possible to walk to the center of Bellagio from the apartment and is located in a pedestrian area. Bellagio 1 can accommodate up to 4 guest with its two queen ...more


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Casa Varenna

Varenna, Lecci

Sleeps 4   Baths 1
Pool ✓   Internet ✓  
Week starting at $2,280

Casa Varenna, suitable for 4 people, is an independent cottage surrounded by an olive tree garden. The house includes all modern conveniences and has direct access to the new shared pool from the gated garden. For larger groups, it is possible to rent other villas on the same estate. Please see ...more


Villa Paesino 2

Brovello-Carpugnino , Verbano-Cusio

Sleeps 1   Baths 1
Pool ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $845

Villa Paesino 2 is located on the hilltop of Stresa where it is possible to walk to the village and enjoy the local restaurants, bakery and small convenience store. The views from the villa on Lake Maggiore are breathtaking. The unit has a large room with a queen size bed and a full bath with ...more


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Tips for Traveling and Renting in Italian Lakes - Como - Maggiore - Orta - Piemonte

Just an hour north by train from the sophisticated fashion center of Milan, lies Italy’s Lake District blossoming from the foothills of the Italian Alps with Switzerland bordering its northern edge. In this natural wonderland, lovely villages lie sandwiched between steep hillsides and the blue glacial lakes of Como, Maggiore, Garda, Lugano, and many more. For a millennia, writers, philosophers, and rulers have flocked to this glacier-sculpted valley for inspiration, relaxation, and recreation. Today, Milanese fashionistas escape here for weekend getaways, and other mostly European guests come to relish a slow-paced respite without forfeiting the joys of Italian gracious living.

Lake Como:

Beloved by celebrities and the wealthy, the villages on Lake Como have an aristocratic flavor with their Gothic and Renaissance architecture and a reputation for romance. In the village of Varenna, the “Lover’s Walkway” unspools along the lake in a promenade lined with flowering oleanders and fragrant lime trees. On Lake Como you’ll see those movie-set villas that are adorned with statuary on wisteria-draped balconies extending over the lake. Some of these opulent villas are open to the public—Villa Carlotta, Villa Cipressi, and Villa Balbianello—and have spectacularly designed gardens. Lake Como is also home to the legendary village of Bellagio, known as the “pearl of the lake”. Come here to see the pretty gardens at Villa Melzi with its lovely lakeside blue-domed gazebo. Lake Como’s shoreline is the most developed of the lakes and entices visitors with its wealth of restaurants, opulent hotels, shops, and marinas.

Lake Maggiore:

Picturesque Lake Maggiore sits in the lap of the Alps with mountains on three of its sides and shares its northern edge with Switzerland. Three islands punctuate its center—Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Pescatori. Isola Bella and Isola Madre are known for their lavish villas and centuries-old gardens cultivated with care by generations of the Borromeo family. Today, you can tour the villa and gardens and attend concerts in this magical setting in a summertime concert series. Isola Pescatori is mostly residential and not really a visitor’s destination. Like Lake Como, lovely Lake Maggiore whispered its charms to the famous and hosted a smitten Ernest Hemingway, and a young Winston Churchill on his honeymoon.

Lake Garda:

This is the largest of the Italian lakes and popular with families for its shoreline beaches, Gardaland amusement park, and medieval castle. You can also enjoy more thrilling pursuits here such as windsurfing, canyon hiking, and tandem paragliding near Monte Baldo. There’s a gondola in the village of Malcesine that shuttles tourists up the 5,900 feet to the summit of Mt. Baldo for a stunning panorama of the lake, and an entry point to explore on foot, mountain bike, or horseback ride. If you’d rather exercise your palate instead of your muscles, you can tour and sample the wines and olive oil cultivated from the hillsides of this region instead.

Lake Orta:

West of Lake Maggiore, a little over a mile at its widest point, lies the diminutive beauty, Lake Orta. It’s main village is Orta San Giulio, where Romanesque and Baroque architecture decorate the Piazza Motta and tacky tourist shops wouldn’t dare take root. Winding along the cobblestone streets are tall colorful buildings adorned with wrought iron balconies and flower boxes, and cafes, gelato, jewelry, and book shops share space in the nooks between them. Here, you’ll find a 500 year old wine cellar and a vibrant weekly farmer’s market that’s been bustling since the 13th century. You’ll also find yourself amidst mostly Italians as other tourists haven’t yet discovered this quiet paradise, except for Nietschze and Balzac who retreated here to fill their creative wells.

Rising 1,200 feet behind Orta San Giulio is the Sacro Monte di San Francesco. This beautiful collection of twenty chapels was built in tribute to St. Francis of Assisi over two centuries’ time, which accounts for the variety in architectural styles and embellishments. The chapels are arranged in a little village and appear to peek out from the woods and from behind a medieval hedge. The winding paths are dotted with wildflowers and a kind of serenity is palpable here.


 

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