The Italian Lakes vs a beach holiday

Italy offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of Europe, which varies hugely from north to south, and the coast to the mountains. It can be difficult to choose between a beach holiday or a lake holiday but here’s our rundown of whether to go for the serenity and charm of the Italian Lakes or the beauty and rugged landscape of Italy’s beaches.

Exploring the lakes

The Italian Lakes are quite special, and despite the spectacular landscape, there’s a lot more to discover than just the scenery.

You can find yourself a lakeside café and contemplate the wonderful views, as many writers such as D H Lawrence did before you. But one of the most enjoyable pastimes when in the Italian Lakes is jumping on a boat and exploring the different areas.

Which lake to choose?

Lake Garda is the largest of all the Italian Lakes. In the south near Sirmione and Bardolino the landscape is lush with woodland areas and vineyards. Or Riva del Garda in the far north will leave you in awe as you’re suddenly faced with a rugged mountainous landscape and watersports enthusiasts propelled by the winds across the lake.

Meanwhile Lake Como is most famous for its majestic villas. Some are private residences and others, with their stunning landscaped gardens, are open to the public. Boats will drop you off for tours around Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, and Villa Serbelloni, all in the fantastic town of Bellagio.

Lakeside beaches

You don’t necessarily have to choose between lakes and beaches as Riva del Garda boasts immaculate beaches surrounded by meadows. And actually swimming in a lake can be much more relaxing than taking a dip in the sea, plus you won’t get salt in your eyes.