Verona, The Dolomites and Lake Garda

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City, Lake, Mountains

Activities/Interests

Cultural

£ 2950 per person

Culture in the city, scenery in the mountains and waterside relaxation - the perfect Italian trio

Holiday at Glance

A charming break that combines Unesco World Heritage sights and landscapes with unique gastronomy, wine and wellness

Activities range from the opera in Verona, a walking tour of Palladian villas in Vicenza, walking and skiing in the Dolomite mountains, and swimming, paragliding and boating on Lake Garda

Duration

14 nights

From

from £ 2950 per person

Including

Travel planning

Daily breakfast

Fully comprehensive car hire

3 nights on a BB basis sharing a Deluxe double room with city view at the Relais Fra' Lorenzo in Verona

4 nights on a half-board basis sharing a Superior double room with balcony and view of the Sella Mountains at the Hotel Kolfuschgerhof in Cofolsco, Alta Badia

7 nights on a BB basis sharing a Junior Suite with balcony and lake view at the Hotel Castello in Malcesine, Lake Garda

We can help with

Out-of-town excursions to Vicenza and Padova

Private guided tours and museum reservations

Tickets for the Opera in Verona (June to August)

Cellar visits in the Valpolicella

Golf Club reservation

Bicycle hire

Boat hire in Lake Garda

Start with a city break in Verona

As you stroll the elegant piazzas and medieval side streets of Verona, you’ll soon understand why Shakespeare set his most romantic play in the city. Situated in a valley along the banks of the River Adige, this Romeo-and-Juliet city packs in as much history as nearby Venice, but without the crowds - so much more civilised. Sights abound, from the red-and-white striped cathedral to the 14th-century house with its own ‘Juliet’ balcony.

 

Verona is a real draw for culture-lovers all year. In summer, come for the world-famous opera festival, held in the magnificently preserved Roman Arena. And in winter, the Carnival sees a huge procession and party atmosphere overtake the city centre.

 

In spring, drink up at Italy’s most important wine fair - Vinitaly. Or sample the wine year-round on cellar tours in the nearby Valpolicella wine region, or with meals at the city’s award-winning restaurants.

 

In between sights, pick up handcrafted notebooks, kitchenware and leather goods in the charming shopping streets. But make sure to leave time for the 20-minute train ride to Vicenza, a Palladian town with the most elegant architecture.

 

The best place to stay is Relais Fra Lorenzo hotel, on a hill within walking distance of the town. From its delightful gardens, you can enjoy you breakfast or drinks as you gaze at the city’s rooftops below.

Road trip your way through the Dolomites

Spanning 550 square miles, the Dolomites range in northeast Italy is one of the most dramatic parts of the Alps. Thanks to its epic beauty, it has been granted Unesco World Heritage status, and it’s a hugely popular region all year-round – for skiing and snowsports in winter, and hiking, cycling, golf and adrenaline sports the rest of the year.

 

Yet its size ensures it never feels too busy, and it’s easy to find a place that feels a world away from another person. A highlight is the Puez-Odle Nature Park, with excellent facilities, trails and wildlife.

 

Like every region of Italy, it has its own unique culture, too, blending Italian with Austrian – the region borders Austria, and the dual heritage is reflected in the clothing, cuisine and nature-loving attitude of the people here.

 

With such a vast region, choosing where to base yourself isn’t easy, but you can’t go wrong with the Alta Badia. People have been visiting this area since the 18th century for its sunny, panoramic setting.

 

And the best resort is Corvara, where you’ll find the luxury ski-and-spa hotel Kolfuschgerhof, known as much for its gastronomy as for its excellent wellness centre and panoramic mountain views.

 

Hotel Kolfuschgerhof provides the ideal base to explore the area, with its prime spot right by two mountain lifts, and with excellent hiking trails, ski runs and road connections right out the front door.

Head back down for some waterside relaxation by Lake Garda

In a lush region of northern Italy sits the vast expanse of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. Just over an hour from Verona and three hours to Corvara in the Dolomites, it’s a delightful place for a relaxing Italian lake holiday. Ferries will whisk you across the water to explore different towns, or you can take the bus or drive all the way around on a scenic route that climbs up into the mountains with views right down over the water.

 

Of the lake’s many lovely towns, Malcesine in the northeast is the prettiest, with cobbled streets, a 13th-century castle and a cablecar that takes you up Mount Baldo for sweeping lake views.

 

Stay at the Hotel Castello at the base of the castle, where you can admire the lake, mountain and castle views, then step out from the terrace right onto the hotel’s private beach. Take a plunge into the refreshing clear waters of Lake Garda, or head out for speed boat, kayaking and canoe tours of the lake, waterskiing, parasailing, kitesurfing and more.

 

Lake Garda is one of the largest sports areas in Europe, with land-based fun, too, from golfing to climbing and the uniquely Italian sport of Via Ferrata, where you scramble across slopes along iron railings and steps that have been embedded into stone.

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