Take the Train to the Most Stunning Italian Lakes
Italy's stunning lakes region, nestled between the Alpine foothills and straddling the border with Switzerland, is the stuff of languid summer dreams - azure glacial lakes, umber-hued, old-world villages with colourful gardens nestled along the verdant shores, wine regions dating back to the Roman empire, and enough delicious regional cuisine to make your stomach very, very happy.
Fortunately, getting to the Italian lakes is easy by train, with the added benefit of experiencing the fabulous scenery of the Swiss Alps en route. Take a look at some of our popular itineraries below or call us to help tailor-make your holiday to this special region!
The largest of the Italian lakes is a glittering, deep blue pool, flanked by towering mountain peaks, waterside villas and delightful flora and fauna. A gentle boat ride across the lake or an afternoon spent soaking up the atmosphere amidst sun-drenched Gothic architecture should reveal why the region is such a popular favourite with celebrities. And there’s no need to change trains in Milan to get to Como – the rails run straight through! Discover the quintessential Italian lakes destination of Bellagio, on the shores of Lake Como, which has rightfully been called the most beautiful town in all of Italy. Stroll through cobbled promenades and secret alleyways filled with oleanders and lime trees, and sample fresh local cuisine in a sun-soaked trattoria.
Rail holidays featuring Lake Como:
Lake Como via the Alps Combines the beauty of Lake Como with the beauty of the Swiss Alps on this five-day holiday by rail. Travel to Geneva for a night in this cosmopolitan lakeside city and spend an evening strolling by the lake and enjoy a meal in one of the many gourmet restaurants. Continue via the famous Simplon Pass, with stunning views of the Alps, to picturesque Lake Como. Perhaps take a boat across the lake or visit some of the historic architecture in the Centro Storico, home to Como's impressive Gothic cathedral. Learn more...
Florence and Lake Como via the Alps Enjoy this exciting five-night holiday by rail filled with culture, beauty and Italian charm. Travel to Geneva and enjoy fine Swiss cuisine and a lakeside stroll. The next day, take the famous Simplon Pass route through to Como. Enjoy two nights of pure relaxation before heading to Italy's "city of art", Florence. Wander the cobbled streets, marvel at the fantastic architecture and enjoy a delicious meal. Learn more...
The second largest of Italy’s famous lakes, Lake Maggiore is more understated than Lake Como but equally stunning. The lakeside town of Stresa epitomizes all that is elegant about Lake Maggiore, with its lakefront promenades, its umber-roofed landmark villas and its distinctly Italian palazzos. Discover unique things to do in Stresa: take a cable car to the summit of Monte Mattrone for sensational summer views over the glistening lake, and don’t miss a tranquil boat trip to Isola Bella - the most well-known of the verdant Borromean Islands is just ten minutes away.
Rail holidays featuring Lake Maggiore:
Lake Maggiore via the Alps Enjoy a relaxing holiday on Lake Maggiore in the charming lakeside resort of Stresa. Travel to Geneva for an overnight stay before continuing through the Swiss Alps to Stresa, with its mild Mediterranean climate and classic Italian villas. Relax and enjoy the scenery for three nights before flying back to London. Learn more...
Lake Garda is a timeless destination that attracts travellers from across the globe searching for romance, scenic beauty, and of course, authentic Northern Italian cuisine. The massive lake is also perfect for water sports and a myriad of fun, family-friendly summer activities. Discover the beauty of the lakeside towns of Sirmione, Gardone, and the lesser-known Salo. From adjacent Brescia, the possibilities of onward rail travel are endless. Travel to the historic city of Padova, continue south to Tuscany’s Renaissance capital, Florence, or head towards ancient Verona to discover its artistic masterpieces, ancient palazzi, and operatic treasures.
Rail holidays featuring Lake Garda:
Lake Garda via the Alps Combines snowy Alpine peaks and lush mountain meadows as you travel through the Swiss Alps to the peaceful surroundings of Lake Garda. Your four-night stay in Sirmione gives you the perfect opportunity to explore this picturesque region, or if you prefer, sit back and relax on one of the resort's sandy beaches and do absolutely nothing. Learn more...
Venice and Lake Garda via the Alps Combine the romance of Venice with the serenity of Lake Garda on this seven-night holiday by rail. Travel to Geneva from London via Paris, arriving in time for dinner and a stroll by the lake. Continue the journey the next day through the breathtaking scenery of the striking Swiss Alps, transporting you to Venice. Marvel at St. Mark's Basilica and admire the city's majestic palaces from the Rialto Bridge. The final stop is Sirmione on sparkling Lake Garda; relax in the sunshine as you wander along the picturesque harbour and explore its boutique shops and restaurants. Learn more...