Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and Lake Como is one of the deepest in Europe. Both have long been the playgrounds of the rich and famous and the eccentric and artistic. And it’s no wonder—it is classic, pristine Italian countryside that invites one to casually wander and explore.
On this trip you follow in the footsteps of past travellers and will discover the exquisite towns and villages that line both iconic lakes. Visit an olive farm for a tasting and take a day trip to Verona, the infamous setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Described as a gentle walking holiday.
Days 1-2: Setting off at the soothing community of Brenzone near Lake Garda; witnessing the breathtaking villages on the slopes of Monte Baldo to Malcesine; topping Day 2 off with a visit to the utterly unique 13th-century Scaliger Castle
Days 3-4: Exploring Verona, a UNESCO heritage site; ferrying to the lake's western side; walking to St. Valentine's hermitage; visiting olive farms to taste the world's freshest olive oil
Days 5-6: Discovering Lecco on the beautiful Lake Como; visiting the lovely town of Bellagio, "The Pearl of Lake Como"; strolling along the "Lover's Walk" from Varenna to Olivedo; visiting the monolithic 11th-century Vezio Castle
Days 7-8: Walking from Ossuccio to the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Soccorso, a gorgeous baroque structure; topping the visit off with a view of the 18th-century Villa del Balbianello