Best of the Italian Lakes
Courtesy of Ristorante Mistral
By Car: If you’re planning to lake-hop, consider renting a car at Milan Malpensa Airport. Or arrange to lease a vintage vehicle from Slow Drive (108 Via Marconi, Padenghe sul Garda; 39-338/978-5124; slowdrive.com; rentals from $325 a day). The lakes are within a three-hour drive of one another, from Orta in the west to Garda in the east.
By Boat: Alternatively, focus on one (or perhaps two) lakes and travel by boat. An efficient ferry service runs along the shores of the major lakes (navigazionelaghi.it), while Orta has motorboat taxis (motoscafipubbliciorta.it).
Valerie Waterhouse is a frequent contributor to Travel + Leisure.