Savour your summer with a September getaway to northern Italy. You can choose between three of the country’s biggest and most beautiful lakes – vibrant Garda, elegant Como and majestic Maggiore – and get a perfect blend of warmth, calm and fun.
The Italian lakes are known for their Mediterranean climate and September is the sweet spot. Temperatures average a balmy 26 degrees on Lake Garda and 22 degrees on Como and Maggiore – just right if you’re spending all day outside, strolling through towns and hills, cycling along lakeside promenades or taking boat trips across the water. And if you fancy a dip, the summer heat warms the lakes to a mellow 23 degrees.
June to August is peak season in the Italian lakes – so by September, the tourist tide has ebbed and you can soak up some proper peace and quiet. Popular spots will be far less busy, so you can explore the colourful streets of Sirmione or the exquisite gardens of Villa Balbianello at your own pace – or skip the calm and go wild at the Gardaland theme park without worrying about school holiday crowds. You might even be able to nab an excellent low season deal on your holiday.
If you prefer things lively, look out for the line-up of festivals that stretch into September. On Lake Garda, Torri del Benaco celebrates the end of summer with parades, dancing and music at the Carnevale Settembrino (September Carnival). And for sports fans, the Centomiglia del Garda boat race has been the highlight of the international sailing calendar since 1951.
Centomiglia del Garda
Further north, the Lake Como Festival brings three months of music from June to September – with towns around the lake hosting concerts to celebrate everything from jazz and blues to classic rock and cabaret. And at the end of the month, the Italian Air Force puts on a thrilling aerobatic display for the Varenna Air Show.
Over on Lake Maggiore, the Settimane Musicali di Stresa is one of the leading classical music festivals in Europe. Performances take place in different venues throughout the summer – including the breathtaking Borromeo Palace on Isola Bella, one of the lake’s three islands.
End your summer on a high with a Lakes & Mountains escape this September.
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