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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Lake Lugano, Italy your home away from home

Lake Lugano is a glacial lake that is located in both Switzerland and Italy, and in this article we look at the accommodation options and visitor attractions on the Italian side of the water, which primarily lie in the province of Varese. The lake itself is situated between Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, in the famous ‘Seven Lakes’ area in the north of Italy – one of the most delightful spots in the country for outdoor activities.

Things to do in Lake Lugano, Italy

Attractive towns and villages and historical sites of interest can be found in abundance in this part of Italy, but for many visitors Lake Lugano holidays are all about outdoor pursuits. The lake itself is a prime destination for water skiing, swimming, jet skiing and other energetic water activities, though those seeking a more relaxing break may prefer to opt for a spot of fishing or simply enjoy a peaceful boat tour along the water.

Away from the water the landscape becomes lush and green – ideal for hiking, walking, trekking, mountain climbing and just about every other countryside pursuit imaginable. Lake Lugano rentals can also be used as a base for a golfing holiday, with a number of excellent courses to be enjoyed in almost every direction.

Places to visit on holiday in Lake Lugano, Italy

The majority of Lake Lugano is located in Switzerland, but there are still plenty of towns and villages that can be used as Italian bases for visiting the region. Porto Ceresio is a nice spot, 13km from Varese and the home of some excellent restaurants in which to sample the local cuisine. Porto Letizia is another option, lying in the north-east corner of the lake and also close to Lake Como, allowing you to visit two of Italy’s finest lakes during your stay.

There are not too many holiday destinations where you can comfortably visit two countries in one day, but Lake Lugano is one of them! The Lake continues its path north into Switzerland, and leads to some excellent skiing and winter sports options.

Weather in Lake Lugano, Italy

Lake Lugano lodging options are extremely popular during summer months, when temperatures reach up to and above 30C and there are several hours of sunshine almost every single day. Spring and autumn are also pleasant times for a visit, especially if you plan days of hiking and exploring, and winter is the time to visit if you want to head out into the skiing region.

Flights to Lake Lugano, Italy

Lake Lugano accommodation is within easy reach of Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), meaning getting to your rental accommodation is not a challenging task. Public transport links are good, but hiring a car will allow you to see far more of this unspoilt region, and will allow you to complete the 65km airport to accommodation transfer in less than an hour.

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                                                                                          San Mamete Sept 2016

                                                                                          4 of 5
                                                                                          This well appointed apartment is in an ideal location for a mature couple to have a relaxing holiday in a lovely part of Italy. Although San Mamete was the perfect location for us we were also not far from other interesting places to visit. All in all this was an excellent holiday.
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                          Simple flat in a beautiful location with a stunning terrace view

                                                                                          5 of 5
                                                                                          Loved the flat and the location. Getting there is a little difficult as the road to the village is incredibly narrow and meeting oncoming traffic can involve tight squeezes. However, well worth the effort when you get to the top of the climb. The flat is very basic but spotlessly clean, nicely decorated in bright colors, and fairly well equipped. Best of all is the small terrace where we spent many hours. Gorgeous views over Lake Lugano and the mountains, night and day. There's nothing in the village (not even a café) except a small, though well stocked, supermarket one minute away. There’s a restaurant in the next village (which we didn't visit) but getting there is a good half hour hike up a steep hill. Beyond that there's a campsite (a 10 minute drive) which does simple but good quality food on a pleasant terrace. This is incredible value! Our family of 4 ate a two course meal (Primi and Secondi) with beers and wine for 33 Euros!! The restaurants at the bottom of the hill have good quality food, views over the lake (and prices about 3-6 times greater). Only criticism I have is that the flat claims to be for 5 people. There's a single bed downstairs (not suitable for very small children as its too isolated) and upstairs a comfortable sofa bed and a nice (though small) double bedroom. Problem is that the door frame between the upstairs rooms has come away from the wall and as a consequence you can't close the door between the rooms. This significantly reduces the privacy for both rooms. That said I would really recommend the flat - great value.
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                          Quirky stone villa in idyllic setting

                                                                                          5 of 5
                                                                                          We had a wonderful 5 day stay - the villa is built out of stone into the cliff face on a quiet road right next to the lake. It was a flexible space and as the weather heated up we were able to use different parts of the terrace with the lake view always dominating. There is a small supermarket a few minutes walk up the main road that has everything you might need, and a lovely bakery nearby. Later in the afternoon after about 4pm the shops open in the small narrow streets of Porlezza with a good butchers, food and gift shops. It is a small quiet area but with a bit of perseverance we found bike hire (Zizzi Autos at Piano after 3pm) and boat hire (Gobbi boats at Cima) and swam in the lake. It was a little tricky without a car but the C12 bus is very cheap, around 4 euros to Lugano, For less than 2 euros you can get the bus to the beautiful wildlife reserve and lake Piano. There were mosquitos in the evening but the main building of the villa has special window and door screens. Highly recommend.
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Jun 2016