Italy contains some of the finest waterfront in the world. The Italian lakes in Piedmont are as impressive as they are beautiful and the use of a hire car will open up this unique region to travellers allowing them to sample all the cultural and scenic delights on offer. The lakes are predominantly made up from glacial runoff making the water crystal clear and pure. Combine this with some fantastic cuisine and wine and this really is a destination that will be memorable and enjoyable.
Widely known as the pre-alps, traversing the diverse valleys and shimmering lakes in your hire car is spectacular. This area of Italy is truly magical while each lake is distinctive and has its own feel and disparate qualities. In the winter this part of Italy has snow capped peaks in the distance while the green pastures of the lowlands reach down to the lake edges. The meandering roads are a joy to drive in a hire car and follow every contour of the terrain; every time you come around a mountainside, a fabulous photo opportunity awaits.
Accessing the lakes of Italy is a simple affair, with major airports in Milan, Zurich and Bergamo all with full car hire services, picking up a car and heading off into this wonderland is simple. In terms of accommodation there is a choice of hotels, apartments and B and Bs, depending upon your budget luxury is never far away. While you head from the airport the natural beauty of the sycamore, chestnut and palm trees that line the lake shores is simply amazing.
In terms of eateries the shores are dotted with cafes for fine Italian coffee or aperitifs and restaurants serving local cuisine. The architectural wonder of the buildings is outstanding and the historical monuments, quaint churches and villages topped with red slate roofs offer a view of quintessential Italy. There is always something going on in the villages be it a local market serving fresh produce or a festival, as you park up your hire car you are sure to have a good time.
Your holiday to the lakes of Italy does not have to be just about relaxation and tranquillity. In winter the Alps are transformed as skiers descend from Europe to take to the slopes. The lakes themselves offer waterborne activities such as boating, waterskiing and windsurfing in a marvellous environment.
There are also a large number of alpine golf courses, so if you like a round, be sure to hire a car that is big enough to carry your clubs. Although you may well find it hard to pull yourself away from the relaxing piazzas, where sitting and watching the world go by seems like a national pass time.
Of the lakes in Italy, Garda (or Benaco) is the largest. Approximately 144 km in circumference touring its edge with the use of a hire car is essential. The southern edge of the lake is broad and encircled by imperious mountains while the northerly segment of the lake resembles a Norwegian fjord, but much warmer. The Mediterranean climate combined with rich blue waters makes a perfect setting for the villages and gardens that align the shore, whilst the castles atop the mountainsides make the area picture perfect.
Overall a trip to the lakes of Italy is ultimately worthwhile; the truly outstanding natural beauty is only matched by the hospitality of the locals. A warm climate makes these freshwater lakes an ideal holiday spot with swimming and water sports a major constituent of activity. With the fine wines and sophisticated dining locations that sit along the shores, the lakes are perfect for people who enjoy the finer things in life. For a memorable and enjoyable trip, a visit to the Italian lakes is highly advisable.