Writers have sung Lake Garda's praises over the centuries. “The lake lies dim and milky,” DH Lawrence wrote, “the light burns gold.” As you walk along the lake, it changes character, with Mediterranean-like settings of open-air cafes and quaint harbours, a contrasting landscape as pine trees tumble down to olive groves. Combine the above with Venice and you get the ultimate trip!
The first half of your holiday will be spent at the Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria in the beautiful city of Venice. For all-out grandeur just a few canal-hopping minutes from the historic heart of Venice, this four-star hotel overlooks the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta on Venice-Lido – the tiny barrier-island that’s most famous for hosting the oldest film festival in the world.
You’ll make like the Clooneys by heading to the dazzling shores of Lake Garda for a dose of peaceful delights. Tucked into the green Valtenesi hills, overlooking the placid waters of Lake Garda, the four-star Hotel Villa Luisa Resort & Spa is one of the best spots in Italy. But it’s not all about the location here; the surrounding vineyards and freshwater lakes, the hotel’s restaurant also dishes up Italian classics. When you’re not ambling across the Italian “campagna”, sipping a shot of espresso overlooking the lake or crossing the water in a canoe, the hotel’s wellness centre offers Dead Sea Salt treatments, a Turkish bath and treatment rooms.