Off the beaten path in Italy

Off the beaten path in Italy

Because of the name of my company, I get regular requests for itineraries that are at least partly off the beaten track. The definition of off the beaten path in Italy differs depending on how well you know the country. For some, the beaten track includes just Rome, Florence, and Venice, while for others it…

Bardolino, Lake Garda: A lovely afternoon doing nothing

Bardolino, Lake Garda: A lovely afternoon doing nothing

What’s there to do on Lake Garda? a client asked recently. Although a significant percentage of my working hours are spent giving travelers recommendations on what to do during Italian vacations, sometimes I recommend not doing anything. Forget the checklist. Leave your guide book in the hotel. Just go for a wander and see what you…

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Italian Lakes | No Comments

Lake Maggiore with kids

Boats, trains, cable cars, beaches, and castles: I wrote about all this and more, plus restaurant and accommodation suggestions over at ItaliaKids.com, so go read about what to do with kids on Italy’s Lake Maggiore. Photo of Cannero castle by Fiurix, used with permission  

Posted by on Jun 17, 2010 in Italian Lakes, Travel with Kids | 2 Comments

Sirmione, Lake Garda

Sirmione, Lake Garda

day or so visiting Sirmione, a picturesque town at the end of a peninsula which juts a couple miles into Lake Garda.  Soak up the lake and mountain scenery (see photo) or book a spa treatment using local thermal waters piped up from the spring at the bottom of the lake.  Admire the picture-perfect 14th century Scaligeri Castle (see photo), complete with…

Posted by on Nov 5, 2008 in Italian Lakes | No Comments

What to see in Lake Como

My recommendations for what to see in Lake Como are written below as a daytrip from Milan, but it’s not possible to do all of this in one day. Take the short train ride from Milan to Como (check timetables at www.trenitalia.it) and spend some time walking around this ancient town. I would take a peek into some of…

Posted by on Sep 12, 2008 in Italian Lakes | No Comments

What to do on Lake Maggiore

What to do on Lake Maggiore

  Usually when people refer to “The Italian Lakes”, they mean Lakes Maggiore, Como and Lugano. Sometimes they also mean Lake Garda but that is several hours to the east. The three most famous lake, along with many other small ones nearby, can be combined to make a wonderful trip. Getting to Lake Maggiore is…

Posted by on Sep 10, 2008 in Italian Lakes | No Comments