The gateway to the Italian way of life lies on the doorstep of Munich and Innsbruck: the Tauern Autobahn leads to the open nature, culture, and the dolce vita of South Tyrol, Northern Italy’s lakes, and the famous cities such as Venice and Verona. The interplay of snow-capped alpine peaks, gentle valleys, and pristine waters has captivated vacationers for centuries and has led to a wealth of wonderful, well-rounded hotels. Together with warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, and diverse holiday offers, there’s a reason travelers flock to this dynamic region year round.
Venice, that picturesque water-city everyone’s always talking about, is sure to impress any type of traveler—promising a thrill for honeymooners, art and culture enthusiasts, as well as for the little ones. The region surrounding and encompassing Venice, Veneto has something to offer, too, including its unbeatable wine culture and views of stately castles atop rolling hills and at the foot of rugged mountains. Head west and you’ll find beautiful Verona, where the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet is found, in addition to the Verona Area—where an opera is a must during any visit. Combine a trip to Veneto with a visit to the Lido beach strip or one of the islands just off the coast for a perfect family getaway. Along the Venetian Riviera, find plenty of chance for water sports and excursions to nearby zoos and waterparks. For a foray into authentic Italy, pop just one hour out of Venice for a visit to the Dolomite-surrounded city of Belluno, boasting peerless views and top cuisine.
Lakes such as Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Garda have held the reputation as favorites for the elite since the 19th century, and it’s easy to see why in the ultimate glamor of the hotels that line the lake regions. Surrounded by majestic alpine scenery, settle in to an idyllic mountain village nestled against the lakeshore. Sport enthusiasts will find true paradise in clear waters, and nature lovers will be pleased to discover unspoiled scenery on hiking and cycling trails. Lake Garda is one of Italy’s most talked about travel destinations; if not just for the views, then for the museums, busting spa towns, and seriously good food. While life is raging on Lake Garda in summer, lesser-known waters like Lake Idro are ideal destinations for those seeking peace and quiet. Fit for a romantic getaway in all seasons, imagine reading by the fireplace at any of Northern Italy’s lakes while gazing out floor-to-ceiling windows onto misty and crystal-clear water.
The region of Lombardy, one of the largest in Italy, stretches from the Alps to the Po Valley, encompassing the Alpine divide, proud home to Valchiavenna, Valtellina and the Camonica Valley, as well as the Lombard Lakes and the flat area of Lomellina with the the Mondine rice farmers. Visitors flock to Lombardy in the winter for the state-of-the-art skiing, and in the summer for strolls through the myriad lovely vineyards. Opt for a ski hotel, a vineyard hotel, or even a lakeside hotel on Lake Como to get the most out of your seasonal visit. Then, of course, there’s the bustling metropolis of Milan: the cosmopolitan embodiment of fashion and the economic capital of Italy. Find also here a couple of world-famous sites like the Milan Cathedral and the Scala. The hotels in Milan are as diverse and exciting as the city itself, offering everything from design hotels to romantic luxury hotels in the city center.
Getting there: Fly from the UK to any of the many airports in Northern Italy. From there, it is recommended to rent a car if you plan to stay in the countryside or somewhere more secluded. If you are planning on staying within the major cities or on the lakes, they can be easily accessed by train and bus from the closest airport.