Bordered by Switzerland to the north and crossed by the Po River in the South, the Lakes region boasts an impressive variety of landscapes. The spectacular snow-capped Alps give way to hills and glacial lakes south of the mountains (known as “The Italian Lakes”), including the most well known, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Garda. Nestled south of the hills is the plains region, home to the bustling metropolis of Milan. That is the beauty of the area: Within the course of a day, you can go shopping in one of the world’s foremost fashion capitals and set sail in the foothills of the Alps.
With the highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants in Italy, this region draws gourmands from all over the world. Due to its northern location and unique resources – including a successful cattle-breeding plains region – its cuisine is quite distinct from other Italian regions, with more continental influences. Polenta and risotto dishes are more common than pasta, and butter and cream, rather than olive oil, form the basis for many sauces. The Lakes region is also famous for its incredibly fresh, local cheese (gorgonzola and mascarpone both originated here), as well as its sparkling wine.
Our villas lie along the shores of the lakes, where small picturesque villages lie side by side with castles, gardens, resorts, and spas. A villa vacation here is primarily one of tranquility, rest, and relaxation, filled with leisurely boat rides, impeccable food, and impossibly romantic views.
“Indulge in a romantic dinner at Locanda La Tirlindana in Sala Comacina, on the shores of Lake Como, and try the famous lemon ravioli. The view of the lake is breathtaking.
For a memorable evening, take the scenic route to dinner on a private boat so you can see the area’s many picturesque villages from the water. On the way, stop by the Villa Melzi gardens for a magical stroll.” ―Margherita, Managing Director, Italy Division