Lake Time: it’s time to have a break by the lake! Time to leave the hustle and bustle of the city life and allow yourself to a relaxing weekend. And right here, while staring at the lake’s blue waters, time seems to follow OUR rhythm, not the one of our working timetables anymore.

9 Italian lakes and 10 green hotels by the lake: pick your favorite one and leave everything to enjoy a couple of days far from the chaotic city.

By Lake Garda (Verona)

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Malcesine, photo by Edwin van Buuringen via flickr

Overlooking Lake Garda and at a walking distance from the historical center of Malcesine, the Ariston Eco Hotel awaits you for a relaxing weekend for body and mind. Fully renovated according to bio-architecture‘s principles, the hotel will let you admire the spectacular view and taste rich breakfasts made with 0 km and fair trade products. Perfect for those of you lake and mountains lovers!

Lake sports, walking routes and bike trails, relaxing natural thermal baths… there are so many things to do during a weekend surrounded by nature!

By the Lake of Ceresole Reale (Torino)

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Lago di Ceresole Reale, via wikimedia

At the Chalet del Lago is always the right moment to enjoy a full immersion in the nature: whether it is summer or winter, you’ll be left speechless in front of the enchanting lake’s view from your room. This structure also suggests many itineraries (also suited for cross-country skiing), from which you can spot chamois, eagles and and groundhogs! A real gem in the very heart of the Gran Paradiso.

To make your weekend by the Lake of Ceresole even greener: get around only on foot, use e-bikes, or try the bus available in the summertime for free, thanks to the “A Piedi tra le Nuvole” project (walking in the clouds), promoted by the Gran Paradiso National Park.

By Lake Piediluco (Terni)

Lago di Piediluco, Lake Time
Lake Piediluco, via wikimedia

On the border between the Umbria and Lazio regiuns, there’s a villa made out of stone by the Lake Piediluco. Surrounded by a park on over 12 acres, the I Cavalieri del Lago Bed and Breakfast offer its guests many outdoor activities for a unique lake-time: from cycling tourism, to canoeing and rafting, to speleology and guided tours. In fact, you can easily reach from here not only the Marmore Waterfalls, but also many Franciscan Abbeys.

Not to be missed: to make your weekend by the Lake Piediluco truly unforgettable, visit the gorgeous Marmore Waterfalls.

By Lake Caldonazzo (Trento)

Lago di Caldonazzo, Trentino

The Casa sul Lago B&B, a few meters away from Lake Caldonazzo, is an eco-friendly pearl of Trentino. Here every breakfast is carefully prepared with 0 km local products. There’s always something to do by the lake: walks on the lakeside, cycling routes, restaurants and cafeterias and pic-nic spots to enjoy the brightest days of summer.

How can you spend your lake-time in an even more eco-friendly way? Take your bike and follow the magical Valsugana cycling route, linking Caldonazzo to Lake Levico and to Bassano del Grappa (Veneto). Among farmed lands, picturesque glimpses on the mountains, you can cycle and stop along the road to visit hamlets, towns and museums (one of them is entirely dedicated to scarecrows!). The railroad runs along the cycling route, so that if you’re too tired you can take the train for the way back.

By Lake Iseo (Brescia)

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A breathtaking view and a modern country house. This is how the Padò B&B welcomes its guests at 650 meters in altitude, to spend a whole weekend dedicated to water sports, excursions and culinary tours. Enjoy your perfect lake-time by Lake Iseo, your pets are welcome as well!

What you shouldn’t miss: a visit to the old hamlet Lovere, narrowly nested among the mountains and the waters of Lake Iseo, one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy!

By Lake Bolsena (Viterbo)

Lago di Bolsena
Lake Bolsena, photo by Helena via flickr

The Agriturismo Pulicaro, in the Alta Tuscia of Lazio, will amaze you in every possible way. In fact, here you’ll sleep in independent accommodations and enjoy the green landscape surrounding the property, which is also a farm where oil, honey, fruits and vegetables, eggs and much more is produced. You’ll also find many discounts and agreements to spend your lake-time by the Lake Bolsena.

Do not miss: a visit to the ancient Civita di Bagnoregio hamlet, the ghost city that will definitely make your weekend by the lake a magical one!

By Lake Garda (Brescia)

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Treat yourself with the well-deserved relax in the Casa Francesca B&B, with a stunning view straight on the lake and just 300 meters away from the Vittoriale, which used to be Gabriele D’annunzio’s abode. Casa Francesca is a tribute to the old house of Borgo Antico di Morgnaga, but totally renovated and eco-friendly!

Among cycling paths, culinary tours and walking tracks, the chances to live an eco-sustainable weekend are a lot! In this article dedicated to the green Lake Garda you find some tips, from Andrèe Heller’s botanical garden to Salò’s lemons, and the Valle delle Cartiere in Toscolano Maderno.

By Lake Trasimeno

Lago Trasimeno
Phto by Giulia Passerini, via flickr

The Agriturismo Cantico della Natura is a fascinating old farm building, dating back to the 15th century and renovated after the Second World War. Interiors are luxurious and well-designed, making every room unique and different from the others. Bio-architecture, a biological vegetable garden and the other sustainability criteria make it a well-finished resort, but also environmentally friendly.

Following the ring cycling route along Lake Trasimeno, you can cycle among medieval hamlets, historical castles and unspoiled nature. What are you waiting for? Pack all of your things and discover Lake Trasimeno!

By Lake Barcis (Pordenone)

Barcis, lake time
Foto di Giulia, via flickr

In Da Fosa Apartment you’ll find the ideal place to discover Lake Barcis, a small Pearl among the Dolomites of Friuli. But there are also many activities to try, such as kayaking and nordic walking around the lake, or hiking to the highest peaks… to make your lake-time even more adventurous. The structure is surrounded by vegetation and there’s also a vegetable garden plus a library where to discover every local tradition of Barcis.

By Lake Bled (Slovenia)

Bled, lake time

By the fascinating Lake BledAstoria Hotel offers its guests a fully renovated structure, according to the principles of bio-architecture. In addition to the many activities and services, you can rent bikes and start your adventure cycling around Lake Bled on two wheels!

It’s always the right time for lake-time! Choose your favorite destination to find the right peace in front of the mirror-like waters… and let your adventure begin!

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Author: Emma Trevisan

I’m Emma, 21 years-old with a great passion for volleyball, cooking and travelling. Discovering local traditions and catching the details is what excites me the most in every journey. Always looking for the next destination and something new to learn.
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