The contrasts of Italy’s incredibly beautiful lake country are a vision you will long remember. Above, snowy Alpine spires dazzle the eye; below, warm valleys and tumbling mountain waters welcome and refresh. As you make your way, medieval villages, historic sites, and priceless artworks enrich your journey. From the picture-perfect hamlet of Orta San Giulio, follow the pilgrim’s path through ancient forests to the 20 baroque chapels of Sacro Monte. Take a peaceful boat ride across Lake Orta to San Giulio’s spectacular 12th-century basilica. Cross serpentine Lake Maggiore to tiny Isola Bella and 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo. Then, on to Bellagio, “pearl of Lake Como,” where Italian nobility once held court. Enjoy magnificent art at Villa Carlotta, elaborate terraced gardens at Villa Balbianello—and lively encounters with local denizens at fishing villages and trattorias. Toast the day’s discoveries on your hotel’s waterfront terrace, before bountiful meals of authentic regional cuisine.