Little Hotels in the Italian Lakes

Guesthouse Grand View

, Malcesine
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Friendly hosts, a beautiful garden and an infinity pool in an elevated position above Lake Garda.

Guest rating 9.8

B&B Lago Maggiore

, Cannobio
.

A friendly family-run bed and breakfast perched on a hillside with spectacular views of Lake Maggiore.

Guest rating 9.7

Torre Degli Ulivi

, Tignale
.

A lakeside B&B perfect for windsurfers, kite-surfers and people who just want to relax and gaze upon the wonderful scenery of the lake.

Guest rating 9.8

B&B Ai Casai

, Mezzolago
.

A secluded hideaway nestling in the mountains, with a spectacular view of on of the smaller and most peaceful Italian Lakes.

Guest rating 9.8

Relais Casali della Cisterna

, Belgirate
.

A beautiful hotel right on the edge of Lago Maggiore and surrounded by an exotic garden of trees and shrubs.

Guest rating 9.6

Agriturismo Tre Terre

, Pianello Del Lar
.

Set on the hillside with mountains straight ahead and the lake below, this is a lovely country hotel with views in every direction.

Guest rating 9.6

Hotel Villa Aurora

, Lezzeno
.

A spell-binding hotel and restaurant on the shore of Lake Como.

Guest rating 9.3

AQVA Boutique Hotel

, Sirmione
.

Outstanding minimalist style in an enviable position right on the shore of Lake Garda.

Guest rating 9.3

Camin Hotel Colmegna

, Colmegna
.

Four star luxury in the most beautiful location on the shore of Lake Maggiore.

Guest rating 9.1

Villa Paradiso

, Sirmione
.

A gentleman's summer villa turned B&B at the far end of the Sirmione peninsula, surrounded on all sides by Lake Garda.

Guest rating 9.2
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Reasons to visit the Italian Lakes

The five main lakes of northern Italy each have a character of their own. They have been a tourist destination since Roman times and are still as popular as ever. Hardly surprising, given the pretty-as-a-picture scenery all along the shores, the watersport opportunities on the water and the huge backdrop of mountains behind.

Lake Maggiore is one of the biggest lakes, as it's name implies. The enchanting lake is made all the better by the enchanting islands which are dotted across it. No visit would be complete without a trip across to the Borromean Islands. Castles and villas, botanical gardens and nature reserves lend further charm to this magical location.

The characteristic Y-shape of Lake Como gives it a huge shoreline, and it is also the deepest lake in Italy, plunging to an amazing 1,345 feet (so diving to the bottom is out of the question!).

The mild climate and perfect water temperature in summer, make Lake Garda the ideal destination for walkers, cyclists, windsurfers, and just anyone who enjoys the outdoor life. Like the other bigger lakes, Garda is blessed with a cornucopia of beautiful historic buildings  and delightful towns and villages all along its shore.

Smaller lakes such a Ledro and Segrino have barely been touched by building over the years. Just the occasional village interrupts the mountain and lakeside scenery.

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