"A muse for romantic poets and hideaway for Hollywood heartthrobs, the Italian Lakes are the classic, centuries-old retreat for smart Europeans," says Condé Nast Traveller. Spend a week on the shore of Lake Como for £449 per person with this deal from Voyager Travel Direct.
Saving £300 on the usual price, the offer includes:
Depart from London Gatwick on 1 or 8 June. Upgrade to a Lake View Balcony Room for an extra £50 per person, or a Lake View Terrace Room for an extra £80.
Hotel Bazzoni sits beside Lake Como in the centre of Tremezzo, Northern Italy. Furnished in a traditional Italian style, it has an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a landscaped garden with sunbeds and free towels, a lounge and bar, a restaurant, a terrace overlooking the lake and live music twice a week after dinner. Opposite the hotel you'll find a bus and a ferry stop.
The 2000-year-old walled city of Como, on the south shore of the lake, can be reached in 35 minutes by car. Renowned for its fine silk production, it has cobbled pedestrian streets, pretty parks and bustling cafes. Lake Como is 30 miles long from north to south, and is Europe's deepest lake at around 1350 feet. You can travel the length of the lake by ferry, hopping off to visit the villages, villas, and gardens or stay on board to enjoy the views.
The Guardian notes that "Lake Como is so beautiful, so peaceful and so crammed full of great restaurants" -- so it will come as no surprise that its famous residents include George Clooney, Richard Branson and Donatella Versace.
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