The Rough Guide to the Italian Lakes
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The Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes is the most authoritative guide to this exquisitely beautiful region. Clear maps and detailed coverage of every attraction, from dramatic Lake Garda and dreamy Lake Como to scenic journeys and unforgettable hideaways on charming Lake Maggiore and lesser-known lakes such as Orta, Iseo and Lugano
Discover the majestic beauty of Verona, as well as the best shopping in Milan and the finest art in Bergamo and Mantua (Mantova). Itineraries suggest tailored trips, while knowledgeable accounts bring the area's Baroque gardens and Renaissance palaces to life. Rely on up-to-date recommendations of the best restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and hotels for every budget and to suit every taste. Follow epic walks and cycle ways, explore lakeside villas, visit medieval villages. Relax, draw breath and lose yourself in the spectacular Italian Lakes, with sharp, intelligent writing from experienced authors.
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Argegno up to panoramic PIGRA on the slopes above (daily every 30min 8.30am–noon & 2.30–6.30pm; slightly shorter hours in winter; €2.90; aapigra.it). The route dips down into the Val Camogge, climbs to the village of Corniga, then continues past Cambrianico down to Colonno on the lake, from where a Roman path leads to Sala Comacina and Ossuccio. Isola Comacina Island: Mid-March to Oct daily 10am–5pm (July & Aug until 6pm) • Antiquarium Museum: Mid-March to Oct Tues–Wed & Fri–Sun 10am–3pm •
sculpting the work but casting it from a living model. Downstairs, the church is now a gallery for large Renaissance and Baroque altarpieces, including a beautiful Mannerist Archangels by Francesco Caroto and four lusciously coloured semicircular panels by Louis Dorigny. You emerge into the cloister, and follow directions down to the Tomba di Giulietta, nothing more than an old sarcophagus, long touted as Juliet’s (despite the fact she was a fictional creation), which was installed in this
figures such as Virgil, Cicero, Nero and Marcus Aurelius. Beyond are four small chambers, the Camera del Fuoco, dell’Aria, dell’Acqua and della Terra (Fire, Air, Water, Earth; rooms 24–27), collectively known as the Galleria del Passerino, painted with scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and formerly filled with displays of natural oddities: crystals, coral, resins, ostrich eggs and even the mummified corpse of Passerino Bonacolsi, pre-Gonzagan lord of Mantua. Rooms 28–36: back through the
offer good weekend discounts. €120 Corte San Girolamo Via San Girolamo 1, Gambarara 0376 391 018, agriturismo-sangirolamo.it. Occupying a renovated watermill 3km north of town on the cycle route from Mantua to Lake Garda, this serene agriturismo has en-suite doubles plus a four-person apartment. Bicycles available. €90 Rechigi Via Calvi 30 0376 320 781, rechigi.com. Four-star hotel in the historic centre. The lobby is a little off-putting – all gleaming marble and sleek sofas, with contemporary
four times a week and takes 24–26 hours; the journeys to Brescia and Verona take a similar length of time but departures are a little less frequent. Eurolines also has a regular service from Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Belfast to London, from where you can get a connection to Italy. Driving from the UK and Ireland There’s no one fixed route to Italy if you’re travelling with your own vehicle. The best cross-Channel route will depend on your starting point, but any travel agent can provide