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Calmer waters flow around Italy's lakes, where the tree-clad mountains tumble sheer into clear blue waters. Traditional summer refuge for Europe's aristocracy, these lakeshores are home to pillared palaces of breath-taking grace and beauty, built in the heyday of classical values and cultured living.

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Best time to be there

Coastal areas and the islands are great year round, although July and August can be very hot. The arts and opera seasons are generally at their peak outside these months. August is very much a shut down month as Italians take their annual break.

Fly to

Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Milan, Pisa, Rome and Verona (British Airways), Naples and Venice (British Airways or bmi)

flying time

2 hours - 2 hours 30 minutes

time difference

GMT +1 hour

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Palazzo Manfredi, Rome, Italy

Palazzo Manfredi, Rome, Italy

Save from £85pp
Stay three nights at Palazzo Manfredi in a Prestige King on a B&B basis and save 20% when booking 60 days before travel. Includes international flights and transfers. From £840pp, saving £85pp. Valid for travel until 30th April 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.


Suggested accommodation in Italian Lakes Holidays 2015, 2016

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

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Villa D'Este

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Suggested itineraries in Italy

Amalfi Coast

from £1,850

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Connections: Italy - Rome, Florence & Venice

from £2,391

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Quintessential Italy

from £3,100

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Christie’s Art Journeys: Florence: Art of the Renaissance

from £2,995

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Sicily: From the Mountains to the Sea

from £5,069

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Gladiators & Gelati: Family Fun in Italy

from £3,950

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Christie’s Art Journeys: Venice: From Renaissance to the Biennale

from £3,795

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Connections - Italy: South to North

from £4,785

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