LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 04/24/13 -- For those who demand more from their holiday than cocktails by the hotel pool, the lake region of northern Italy offers magnificent landscapes, enchanting architecture, white-knuckle watersports and authentic Italian cuisine - all for a price that won't break the bank.
Italians are known for their passion and love of life and they certainly don't do things half-heartedly. Lake Garda, Como and Maggiore attract the same kind of enthusiasm from the visitors that return to their shores year after year - appreciation for the great outdoors, a love of culture and chic Italian style.
Activities for all
Italian lakes holidays from Neilson are able to combine the best parts of an active beach holiday (sailing, wind/kitesurfing) with the best parts of a thrill-seeking trip to the mountains (hiking, mountain biking, canyoning and climbing).
If that all sounds like hard work, there's plenty of time for a few relaxing rounds of golf or an amble around the foothills of the Dolomites.
Those staying at Lake Garda can make the most of the famous guided walking tours following routes used during World War I. Setting off from the beautiful town of Riva, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the lake, discover historic ruins and have three free days to explore on their own. For a different perspective on the breathtaking scenery, simply hop on a ferry or take to the skies on an unforgettable tandem paragliding trip.
To the south of Lake Garda is wine country. Here holidaymakers can journey through the lush, rolling olive groves and vineyards, stopping for tastings of the top quality local wines - Lugana and Valpoicella.
Lake Como is hard to beat for classic hotels and traditional lakeside villas with stunning views across the water. The area has been influenced by so many cultures and it really shines through in the range of affordable accommodation.
Historic Como Town is a stone's throw away for culture vultures who want to visit a museum or two. Or for those who like to venture further afield, a stay at Lake Como puts you in the perfect position to explore famous Italian cities like Milan for a change of scene - think chic boutiques, spas and La Scala Opera House.
A true taste of local culture
For bustling markets, traditional botanical gardens and access to a series of summer festivals, head to Lake Maggiore. Imagine taking in some lively local music before chartering a boat to the Borromean Islands to see the splendour of the Baroque Palace of Isola Bella. Couples after a romantic break away can travel around Zermatt & the Matterhorn by horse drawn carriage before a stroll through pine-scented forests to the Gorner Gorge Waterfall.
Neilson is proud to be one of the market leaders in tailor-made lakes and mountains holidays with over 30 years experience in delivering activity holidays to the world's best resorts. Prices start from GBP 279.
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