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The tranquil Lake Maggiore with its stunning views across to the Alps is one of Italy’s most elegant destinations. The many lakeside villas with their charming gardens are an ideal setting in which to wander and unwind. Verona is a city of fantasy. Famously the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, every summer the remarkable Roman Arena hosts the prestigious open-air Verona Opera festival. The lavish costumes and set-designs will set your imagination on fire. Together, Verona and Lake Maggiore are the perfect escape.
Inghams Italy recommends:
Stresa, Lake Maggiore, 7-nights
Where to stay? Hotel Regina Palace, 4* Plus
Set amongst incredible gardens, the magnificent Regina Palace offers its guests excellent facilities including an outdoor pool, tennis courts and extensive spa facilities. Its lakeside location is excellent for strolling along Stresa’s promenade.
What to do?
Lake Maggiore is a garden lover’s paradise replete with many spectacular gardens. The lovely Villa Taranto in Verbania has a superb botanical garden. Established in the 1930s by a Scottish captain, the garden has a collection of over 20,000 plants.
The baroque Palazzo Borromeo on the Borromean Island of Isola Bella has a fabulous terraced garden. It’s like somewhere out of a fairy tale resplendent with ornate follies and roamed by strutting white peacocks.
Easily visited by boat, the Santa Caterina del Sasso monastery has a dramatic location built into a lakeside cliff so that it appears to float above the water. Founded in the 13th Century, the monastery is an excellent example of Christian architecture through the ages.
Where to stay? Hotel Italia, 3*
The charming Hotel Italia is ideally located just 15-minutes’ walk across the River Adige to the Piazza delle Erbe, in the heart of Verona’s romantic old town. The excellent spa area is the perfect place to relax after a day spent sightseeing.
What to do?
Verona has a storied past, from its origins as a Roman trading post through to its present day role as a bastion of the arts and opera. Verona’s Roman heritage is most visible in the Piazza delle Erbe and the Roman Arena, which today is the venue of the prestigious, annual opera festival, which runs through the summer.
Occupying the old Palazzo della Ragione, the Galleria D’Arte Moderna has an exceptional collection of modern Italian masters, including Giorgio Morandi and Umberto Boccioni.
The Museo di Castelvecchio has a similarly fascinating collection of arts and crafts, ranging from medieval artefacts to Veronese paintings. An old fortress, the building’s dramatic past has resulted in extensive renovation, but much of the historic detail such as the 2,000-year-old Roman bridge remains.
A popular tourist’s destination, the 14th century stone balcony at Casa di Giulietta is widely regarded as the balcony from Romeo and Juliet. Unfortunately, the balcony, like the characters is entirely fictional. However, the romances played out on notes traditionally left at the entrance by real life star-crossed lovers are fascinating.
How to get around?
We recommend taking the train from Stresa to Verona. The views as you traverse the lake borders are stunning. If you fancy you could stop for lunch when you change trains in Milan.
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