A good split of 4 nights on Lake Garda at the comfortable and friendly Hotel Sorriso, just a few yards from the lake promenade and 3 nights at the Lungalago Hotel on Lake Como, a busier more cosmopolitan town resort. The part of Lake Garda where we stayed appeared more serene and gentle with pretty lakeside paths, family campsites, swimming areas and easy access by local buses and ferries to other parts. Hospitable pizzerias, bars and of course, gelato, gelato and more gelato. Enjoyable walks to Malcesine and cultural visit to Verona. Lecco, on Lake Como is seemed far removed from the major honey pots of Bellagio and Como so trains or buses are required to reach these areas which can be problematic when strikes prevail. The town itself was busy as schools had finished for the summer, lots of cafes and designer shops to tempt.
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I wouldn't say inspirational but fun.......making pizza at The Sorriso. Pizza Hut - watch out!
What did you think of your group leader?
Laura - a true professional, caring, considerate, a lovely demeanour and fun to be with.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Whilst the programme is leisurely there are a couple of walks up to small chapels and castles high above the lakes but take your time the views are worth it. As Laura reminds us: P for patience - the Italians don't hurry! Prepare to put on weight.
Is there anything else you would like to add?