Increased Holiday Sales to the Italian Lakes in Summer 2012
Voyager Travel Direct reported an increase in bookings to the Italian Lakes in the Summer of 2012, up a massive 470% on the previous year. General Manager, Verity Eyre explains; "We've seen a phenomenal increase in bookings to the Italian Lakes this summer, this was largely attributable to our improved relationships with key suppliers which enabled us to offer very competitive prices. In the current economic climate, customers are shopping around for the best deal but they don't want to compromise on quality and we have been able to meet this demand with our offers. Lake Garda in particular has been the top selling destination for us but Lake Como also sells really well when the price is right."
With beautiful valleys, rolling hills and deep forests, tranquil waters and historic, cobbled-street villages; a visit to The Italian Lakes has something for everyone. Scattered across Italy's Northern region, Lombardy, and slicing through the magnificent backdrop of the Alps, the region's natural waterways have long provided a rich and romantic hideaway for visitors worldwide, and are a spectacular alternative to a relaxing beach holiday.
The largest of the region's lakes, Lake Garda is surrounded by hills and mountains. Its shorelines are speckled with grand, historic hotels, luxuriant gardens and superb Michelin-star restaurants. The lake is popular for watersports including windsurfing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, and even snorkelling - and the clear and calm waters are ideal for those wanting to delve into underwater explorations.
Sirmione is often hailed as the 'prettiest town on Lake Garda', perched on a narrow peninsula, the ancient town is steeped in history with its striking 12th Century Scaliger Castle and inviting thermal baths.
The olive groves and vineyards on the west shore of Lake Garda, Valtenisi, provide a perfect destination for cycling.
Just a short drive from the bustling city of Milan, Lake Como is the third largest of the Lakes, and the deepest, lying in the foothills of the Alps. The breathtaking scenery of the mountains rolling down to the water's edge and rolling surrounding forests have made the region popular with the stars, and the James Bond film Casino Royale was filmed here.
Como is home to one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, Bellagio. Often called the 'Pearl of the Lake', the town's quaint cobbled streets are lined with traditional Italian shops and stalls showcasing the country's finest wares. This is a town which has not completely succumbed to tourism yet and you can enjoy images of classic Italy against a backdrop of magnificent panoramic views across the lake.
One of Italy's most closely guarded secrets, Orta is the lake that is visited by surprisingly few tourists. West of the country's second largest lake, Maggiore, Orta is both enchanting and exclusive, enveloped in never ending hills and lush forests - a romantic hideaway of outstanding natural beauty.
Wander along the pilgrim route of Sacro Monte di San Francesco, an ancient trail of spectacular views and 21 chapels built between the 16th and 18th Centuries, or hop on a short boat ride to the tiny Isola di San Guilio, a tiny island only 275m long and 140m wide. Explore its beautiful Benedictine monastery and dine in the island's only restaurant.