Best known for: Its ideal, breathtaking pairing between natural beauty and man-made beauty. Palatial villas, wisteria and bougainvillea, its lakeshore restaurants and a landscape like you’ve rarely seen. Some of the most beautiful lakes in the world. And being a “playground for the wealthy”.

When to go:

In the summer… June to September, you’re sure to enjoy it best.

Where to stay:

Il Sereno: To be one of the very first to step into this all new hotel promising privacy, tranquility, minimalistic design, and inspiring elegance.

Villa D’Este: To experience what was once as summer palatial
residence built in the 16th century, both traditional and simply splendid.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo: To awaken with unparalleled views of the Bellagio and an Art Nouveau feeling.

Where to eat:

Restaurante Il Gato Nero: For one of the best meals you’ll ever have, and a possible run-in with George Clooney.

Il Giardino: For a fantastic pizza and other Italian favorites

The marketplace: For a low key atmosphere, playful seasonal dishes and very reasonable prices

Combine it with:

A tour of the incredible region of Lombardy and the Lakes