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  • Self-drive Tour to the Italian Lakes by Car

    Bellagio

    Cannero Riviera

    Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

    Isola Bella Lake Maggiore

    Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

    Hotel Cannero

    Hotel l'Albereta

    Self-drive Tour to the Italian Lakes through France and Switzerland by Car

    15 nights and 16 days
    This self-drive tour takes you down through Switzerland into Northern Italy, beginning and ending with a stop in northeast France. Spend eleven nights touring the sublime Italian Lakes, enjoying the water and the Alpine backdrop, before driving back up into Switzerland and on into France. This really is the perfect touring holiday for anyone looking to explore these three countries in depth, with longer stays by Lakes Como, Maggiore, Garda and Iseo.

    Click here to download a pdf with information about some of our suggested Italian touring holidays.

    Begin by travelling to Calais via the Eurotunnel. From here, enter the Champagne region of France, and spend the night at Hostellerie la Briqueterie. Sample the best of French champagne in the sparkling wine’s capital, before moving on into Switzerland. Spend one night overlooking the sublime landscape of Lake Lucerne from the Hotel d’Angleterre et Residence in Lausanne. Your third stop is the Hotel Cannero amongst the Italian Lakes. You have three days to explore the gardens and manor houses of the Cannero Riviera, as well as the two 16th century castles that sit on their own private islands on Lake Maggiore. The next three nights are spent at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni on the Bellagio promontory that splits Lake Como into a fork. Take the time to walk through the small fishing villages, and climb the small mountain in the gardens of the Villa Serbelloni. Seek out the hidden ruins nestled amidst the hilly shoreline, and return each night to the grandest hotel of this tour. Your next stop is the Villa del Sogno on the banks of Lake Garda. The most famous of the lakes visited on this tour, its beauty is best encapsulated by images such as the Rocca Scaligera fortress stretching out into the water, and the lavish and ornate villa complex of Il Vittorale degli Italiani. Your final stop amongst the Italian lakes is at the Hotel L’Albereta in Erbusco. Perfectly situated to appreciate the Franciacorta wine regions and Lake Iseo alike, this hotel allows you to experience the diversity of Northern Italy. Dine on Monte Iseo, the largest lake island in Italy, or seek out the castle that sits at the mountain’s peak. The fourteenth day of this holiday brings you back into Switzerland, and to the quintessentially Swiss village of Schwyz. The Hotel Wysses Rossli sits at the very centre of this village in the valley between the rising Swiss mountains, next door to the beautiful and charming Town Hall. The final stop on this touring holiday is the Château d’Isenbourg in Rouffach, just across the border Franco-Swiss border in the Alsace region. Utilise this time to sample the diverse wines, or to explore the quirky and unusual towns, before returning to Calais for your Eurotunnel crossing.

    PRICES
    Prices start at about £2,930 per person

    What’s included in this touring holiday:
    • 1 night bed and breakfast in a Classic double room at the Hostellerie la Briqueterie in Epernay
    • 1 night bed and breakfast in a Superior room with lake view at the Hotel d’Angleterre et Residence in Lausanne
    • 3 nights in a Double room with garden view at the Hotel Cannero on the Cannero Riviera
    • 3 nights bed and breakfast in a Classic double room with park view at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio
    • 3 nights bed and breakfast in a Double room with side lake view at the Villa del Sogno on the Gardone Riviera
    • 2 nights bed and breakfast in a Classic double at the Hotel L’Albereta in Erbusco
    • 1 night bed and breakfast in a Double room at the Hotel Wysses Rossli in Schwyz
    • 1 night bed and breakfast in a Traditional double room at the Château d’Isenbourg in Rouffach
    • Eurotunnel standard return from Folkestone to Calais

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    Click here to find out more about how our touring holidays work or click here to download a pdf with information about some of our suggested Italian touring holidays.

    Self-drive Tour to the Italian Lakes by Car

    DAY ONE:
    Arrive in Calais via the Eurotunnel and drive south to Épernay, where you stay for one night

    The Eurotunnel journey brings you to Calais, from where you will drive south into the Champagne region, famous for its eponymous wine. Nestled between the Aisne and Marne valleys, Epernay and its nearby rival Reims are well situated to see the champagne vineyards thrive. Your hotel, La Briqueterie, is the perfect idyllic rural spot from which to venture out into this fantastic landscape and try the local produce. Explore one of the hundreds of underground chalky wine cellars in either Epernay or Reims that belong to internationally renowned champagne firms, such as Moët et Chandon, Mercier, and Lafitte. If time permits, visit a winery such as Champagne Tribaut. This family run business supplies such prestigious companies as Krug and Taittinger, and opens its cellars and vineyards for tours and tastings. Across the Marne valley, however, you will find a number of vineyards that produce wines from Pinot Noir grapes, or south, along the Côte des Blancs the wineries specialise in mineral-rich Chardonnay. For an alternative to tasting the best of the varied French wines, wander around the impressive Gothic Cathédral Notre-Dame in Reims, famous for its wine-grower carvings, or around the Palais de Tau.

    DAY TWO:
    Leave Épernay and drive across the Swiss border to Lausanne, where you stay for one night

    The drive south to Lausanne from Épernay takes you past Troyes, Dijon, and across the border around Jougne and Vallorbe. The Dent de Vaulion will be one of the first Swiss peaks that you pass on your way to Lake Geneva. The enchanting city of Lausanne will be your host for the next three nights, and your hotel, the Angleterre et Residence is situated a minute’s walk from the Ouchy promenade. Ouchy, a former fishing village, is a popular spot for Lausanne residents, as it boasts its own Chateau, port, the Haldiman Tower, and three parks. Château d’Ouchy alone is reason enough to visit, sitting as it does on the waterfront, with its fairytale façade of white with a red roof. In the evenings, golden lights illuminate the Chateau, adding to its splendour. Lausanne is also home to two other châteaux, the Chateau de Chillon, also on the water’s edge, and with the Alps behind it giving its peaked roofs and turrets a mystical aspect, and the Chateau St. Maire. Both are very popular with artists. The Cathedral of Lausanne is the heart of the old town, and dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Its spectacular architecture has made it one of the most beautiful Gothic art monuments in Europe. For a taste of the local Swiss wines, visit the Lavaux vineyards, open for tours by foot or by miniature train. Various cellars are open as you make your way around the estate, offering wines such as Chasselas. It would be impossible to leave Lausanne without navigating the great Lake Geneva, either by following the gentle walking tour around its shores, punctuated by wooden viewing canopies in the most beautiful spots, or by having dinner on one of the steamships that traverse the waters. During the daytime, many water sports are available for visitors, such as sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and pedalo rides. Back in the town centre, follow the charming medieval streets to the Place de la Plaud, and have lunch in a small outdoor café. Or, for a more unusual activity, visit the Olympic Museum and the Olympic Park on Ouchy Quay to see the exhibits which seamlessly combine nature, art, and sports. The park also offers breath-taking panoramic views across Lake Geneva and of the Alps. In the evenings, either dine in one of the many fine restaurants in Lausanne, or in L’Accademia at your hotel, which specialises in Italian cuisine.

    DAYS THREE TO FIVE:
    Cross from Switzerland into Italy and stay on the Cannero Riviera for three nights

    Take the road southeast and cross the border at Zwischbergen into Piemonte, Italy. Your journey next takes you south over the many channels of the Fiume Toce, and finally along the shore of Lake Maggiore, on the very border of the region. Hotel Cannero, where you will spend the next three nights is a building of understated elegance. Its unassuming pastel façade gives way to intimacy and undeniable comforts within. The waterfront position affords its guests the very best views across Lake Maggiore. The lake itself gets its fame primarily from its two castles, dating back to the 16th century, which sit on small islands close to the shore. These castles, though now giving the landscape a pervading sense of peace and beauty, have long histories carved out by bandits and brigandage. Lake cruises are available for those wishing to see the castles close-up. These cruises also offer invaluable opportunities for viewing the Cannero Riviera’s many luxurious gardens and manor houses from a fresh perspective. For those wishing to sample a little more of the area’s history, we would recommend the Ethnographic Museum of the Brush, which specialises in the farming traditions of the area, and the rustic crafts. The nearby village of Oggiogno is home to a very old wine press. Back in the Cannero Riviera, view the colourful murals of the Piazzetta degli Affreschi, which offer a vital, yet alternative, glimpse into the heritage of the town’s streets. For a relaxing afternoon’s stroll, either take in the views along the lakefront promenade, or follow one of the many trails that lead past the famous citrus trees and into the chestnut woods or vineyards. Pass the shrines that line the pathways and the stone mortars that used to grind anything from nuts, to olives, and cereals. In the spring, the Cannero Riviera comes alive with the Camellia Show, dedicated to a flower whose name has become synonymous with the area. March brings with it the Exhibition of Citrus Fruit, though the produce can be tasted all year round, particularly in the form of the Mursciulitt, a citrus biscuit. And with July comes the Lights on the Lake celebration.

    DAYS SIX TO EIGHT:
    Head southeast around Lake Maggiore, past Lake Lugano, to Lake Como, and stay for three nights in Bellagio

    Your journey through the Italian Alps continues with a stop on Lake Como in Bellagio. The town itself is built on a promontory that forks the southern half of the lake, and the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni sits in prime position for admiring this natural phenomenon. Its exceptionally grand and cavernous public rooms prepare visitors for the luxury of the hotel’s service, be it in the elegant high-ceilinged restaurant, or in the comfort of your own room. Spend your mornings taking in the views from the waterfront promenade, before exploring one of the many villas that line the lake’s shore. The Villa Melzi, for example, boasts extensive beautiful gardens and an orangery, while the Villa Serbelloni (a different building to your hotel) is characterised by its quaint blue-roofed pavilion and the shady water gardens. The gardens of this second villa enclose the main hill of the promontory, and thus offer views that cannot be accessed anywhere else in the town. A grotto rests just under the hill’s summit, and ornamental water features, a variety of flora, and the ruins of an old defensive fortress line the pathway to the top. Tickets must be bought before visitors can enter. The Romanesque Basilica di San Giacomo features several delicately painted frescoes, and beautifully crafted statues, as well as a bell tower and apse. A medieval tower in Bellagio is one of the only remaining parts of the town’s original defences, and the central fountain was commissioned to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. From the tip of Bellagio’s promontory a ten minute walk will bring you to the peaceful fishing hamlet of Pescallo. From here, walk on to see the agricultural ruins, the empty Villa Giulia, and the Vialone. The waterside San Giovanni is just a short walk away, and is home to a grotto dedicated to the Madonna of Lourdes, and a quirky museum dedicated to navigational instruments. Boat trips are available from Bellagio across to Varenna, which offers a tiny secluded beach, a small café, and gardens, and to Lenno, the home of the finest villa on the lake.

    DAYS NINE TO ELEVEN:
    Drive further east to the Gardone Riviera, where you will stay for three nights

    The next stop on this touring holiday brings you to Lake Garda and the Gardone Riviera. Surrounded by its own luscious collection of olive, cypress, palm, and pine trees, the Villa del Sogno is a majestic building with equally majestic views across the lake. Very close to the hotel sits the unmissable Il Vittorale degli Italiani, the residence of Gabriele d’Annunzio. Far more than just a villa complex, this estate is built more like a small town, with eccentric buildings, squares, avenues, fountains, exhibitions of vintage cars, an open-air Greco-Roman theatre, a war museum, and a lakeside restaurant. We recommend that you book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Also on the lakeside is the town of Salò, famous for its long promenade, and for being the seat of the Fascist government. Limone sul Garda is recognised for being one of the most northerly places in the world to successfully cultivate lemons. Isola del Garda is home to a stunning Neo-Gothic villa and vast Italiante gardens, while Peschiera del Garda is surrounded by canals, and has an impressive pentagonal 15th century fortress. However, if you are to visit just one of these lakeside towns, make sure it is Sirmione, the ‘Pearl of Garda’. The 13th century Rocca Scaligera fortress is built out into the water, and so the turquoise waters of Lake Garda lap around its austere walls. The Grotte di Catullo on the waterfront was reputedly owned by Catullus, but now stands as a formidable ruin of arches and courtyards facing out to the sea. To the east lie Verona, Venice, Padua and Vicenza, the favourite cities of Palladio. For an in-depth insight into his Mannerist style, and a tour of his finest works, visit Vicenza in particular. In Verona, tour the sites that are proclaimed to be the setting for various scenes in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The crypt of the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore is said to be the setting of Romeo and Juliet’s wedding, while the statue in the courtyard of the Casa di Giulietta will bring you good luck in love. After each of your days of exploration, return to the Villa del Sogno for a relaxed dinner overlooking the calm waters of the lake.

    DAYS TWELVE TO THIRTEEN:
    Drive back west and spend two nights in Erbusco

    The road from Bellagio to Erbusco takes you past Bergamo, a larger town rich in history. You may wish to stop off here for a few hours to explore the streets of palaces and towers that used to belong to old nobility, and to see the basilica, the baptistery, the vast convents, and the aqueducts. The many castles of the area once served a defensive purpose and separated the Republic of Venice from the Duchy of Milan. The Hotel L’Albereta is situated just slightly inland from the shore of Lake Iseo, in Erbusco, and is the perfect point from which to begin exploring the Franciacorta wine region and the delights of the lake itself. Franciacorta wine is known for being a highly refined sparkling wine, produced in the same way as the champagne in Epernay. To taste the wines of the area, head out to one of the many historic buildings that punctuate the landscape. The Terra Moretti in Erbusco is particularly popular, though if you use Brescia as a starting point, many more wine routes can be explored. While on the shore of Lake Iseo, catch a boat trip across to Monte Isola, the largest lake island in the whole of Italy, and dominated by the eponymous mountain. The small, privately owned Isola di Loreto cannot be visited by tourists, but the majesty of the castle can still be appreciated from the water. The landscape of Monte Isola and the sloped lake side are perfect for those looking for cycling, climbing, and caving opportunities, as well as more gentle strolls. Monasteries, churches, and roman ruins line the shore. Water sports such as sailing, diving, and kite surfing are available through one of the local businesses, or you may choose to relax on one of the many small beaches. In the evenings, return to your verdant hotel, and relax beside the pool.

    DAY FOURTEEN:
    Cross back into Switzerland and spend one night in Schwyz

    The drive from Erbusco to Schwyz takes you northwest past Lake Como, and across the border in Chiasso. From here, you pass the Swiss side of Lake Maggiore and drive along the winding roads that navigate the snow-capped Alps. The village of Schwyz is just a short drive from the banks of Lake Lucerne, set in a valley between the verdant Swiss mountains. Schywz’s central square has been voted one of the most beautiful in the whole of Switzerland, in part because of its unique Town Hall painted with a mural depicting the Battle of Morgarten. The intrigue continues as you enter, with the cantonal council chambers, conference hall, and the wooden-panelled ceiling of the courtroom. The building certainly oozes the Swiss culture and design that we have come to associate with the country. If time permits, travel out of the village to Einsiedeln to see the magnificent abbey, still used by monks today, and the octagonal Chapel of Grace, with its black marble centre-piece. The bridge that links Hurden with Rapperswil over Lake Zurich will allow you to experience the sublime scale and formidable nature of the Swiss landscape, taking you out, by foot, into the middle of the lake to bask in the vastness of the 360 degree panoramic views. Your hotel, the Hotel Wysses Rossli, is a very rustic and traditionally Swiss building, ornamented by a similar wood-panelled style as the Town Hall that sits just next door. Make the most of the homely comforts before beginning your journey back into France.

    DAY FIFTEEN:
    Return to France for a final night in Rouffach

    Cross the border back into France at Basel. Alsace is known for the diversity of grapes that grow in its vineyards, from Gewürtztraminer, Muscat, and Pinot Blanc, to Sylvaner white wines, and Pinot Noir red and rosé. Just a stone’s throw from your hotel, the Château d’Isenbourg, the vineyards at the foot of the Vosges Mountains have been cultivated since Roman times, and were originally protected by the monasteries of the area. In nearby Soults-Haut-Rhin is the Cave Vinicole de Vieil-Armaud, sitting amidst 150 hectares of stunning vineyards that serve over 130 wine-growers. In the basement, there is a very informative wine museum. Riquewihr is the home to such renowned firms as Dopff et Irion and Hugel et Fils, and in Wintzenheim each individual label at the Josmeyer estate is designed by an individual artist. Before driving back up to Calais, wander around the beautifully atmospheric medieval Kientzheim, take a brisk hike across the Vosges Mountains, explore the imposing 12th century Chateau de Haut, or walk the Route de Cinq Château from Husseren-lés-Chateau to the Keep of Pflixbourg and its marvellous views of the Fecht Valley and the plain of Alsace. ‘Little Venice’, or Colmar, is just slightly north of Rouffach, and is perfect for an enchanting canal boat ride. The Château d’Isenbourg is situated in an enviable hilltop position, with unrivalled views across the countryside. Perfectly decorated for a romantic evening in the restaurant or beside the pool, it is a wonderful idyllic retreat with which to complete this tour.

    DAY SIXTEEN:
    Drive back up to Calais for your return Eurotunnel crossing

    Leave your hotel early on your final morning to ensure you have time to explore the parts of Alsace that you have not yet had time to see. Afterwards, begin the drive north to Calais, where you will return to the UK via the Eurotunnel.

    Driving times for this touring holiday:
    Calais to Epernay: 2 hours 45 minutes
    Epernay to Lausanne: 4 hours 45 minutes
    Lausanne to the Cannero Riviera: 3 hours 45 minutes
    The Cannero Riviera to Bellagio: 2 hours 30 minutes
    Bellagio to the Gardone Riviera: 2 hours 25 minutes
    The Gardone Riviera to Erbusco: 55 minutes
    Erbusco to Schwyz: 3 hours 35 minutes
    Schwyz to Rouffach: 2 hours 20 minutes
    Rouffach to Calais: 6 hours 15 minutes

    Click the 'Hotel Information' tab to find out more about the hotels featured in this touring itinerary or click here to download a pdf with information about some of our suggested Italian touring holidays.

    To the Italian Lakes by Car

    Hotel Information

    Below is the eclectic selection of luxury hotels featured on this vast touring holiday. Alternative hotels are available in some destinations – please contact us for full details.

    Hostellerie la Briqueterie
    Epernay
    Nestled in the heart of the Champagne region, Hostellerie La Briqueterie is a gastronomic hotel with the ambience of understated luxury and charm typical to all Relais & Chateaux properties. Once the former brickworks of Chevirer, architect of Chaumières de France, La Briqueterie’s name and design appears as a homage to the area’s history, bringing the essence of the ‘country cottage’ to the 21st Century. The 36 rooms and 4 suites are designed individually with modern bursts of colour set against furniture in timeless French style. The wooden beams in the communal areas add unmistakable charm. The bar serves as a lounge where guests enjoy champagne by the fireside and relax in the Winter-Garden, a conservatory with an indoor fountain and exotic plants. There are spectacular views of the Champagne countryside all around and large windows bathing rooms in light. The restaurant is a sensory joy where guests enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine paired with the perfect wine. The spa at La Briqueterie leaves guests with a heightened sense of wellness, with treatments, a hammam steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool. The 3 hectares of manicured grounds and fountains are a harbour of peace, with stone benches to read on and fragrant flower-lined trails to explore. Days of entertainment and culture are promised with nearby visits to the Champagne houses’ cellars, trips to Epernay and the city of Reims.
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    Hotel Angleterre et Residence
    Lausanne
    The four star Angleterre et Residence is a timeless property on the banks of Lake Geneva in Lausanne. It sits opposite the green portside, which is lined by grand and quaint buildings alike, some of which are strongly reminiscent of Swiss chateaux. Each of the four hotel buildings has its own distinct style, be it picturesque and traditional, with grey shutters and dormer windows, or strikingly contemporary, with sheer glass walls and minimalist stone. The Florissant building is built in a cosy English-cottage style, and the Angleterre and Lutetia buildings, which face out across the water, have retained the style of their 18th century beginnings. The L’Accademia is reputedly the best Italian restaurant in Lausanne, crafting delicious, rich flavours from fresh ingredients, which are then served in a chic, modern setting. The rooms and suites are pleasantly modern, light, and airy, but some have period features, such as exposed beams and sloping ceilings. In every instance, the accommodation is effortlessly elegant. Expressions Holidays recommends staying at the Angleterre et Residence for a few nights as part of a multi-centre touring holiday, but those staying a little longer may wish to make the most of the tennis courts, two beautiful pools, and spa facilities at the partner hotel, the Beau-Rivage Palace, situated just down the street.
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    Hotel Cannero
    Cannero Riviera
    Cannero, with its winding cobbled streets, enchanting lake views and backdrop of wooded mountains, is undoubtedly one of the most unspoilt and tranquil spots on Lake Maggiore. The Hotel Cannero Lakeside Resort is fortuitously situated at one end of the promenade that separates it from the lake, next to a charming miniature harbour. Signora Gallinotto and her family, who run the Hotel Cannero, are excellent hosts and the atmosphere is relaxed and congenial. A pretty courtyard and an ancient well serve as vestiges of the 17th century monastery that once stood on this site, but most of the original building has been restructured to make the most of its lakeside position. Public rooms have large picture windows and bedrooms are light and airy, many with beamed ceilings and balconies overlooking the serene lake, while rooms to the rear of the Hotel Cannero enjoy a view of the quiet pool area. There is also a rooftop terrace where one can sunbathe. Marvellous regional and international meals are served in the restaurant, I Castelli, and from its delightful terraces one can see the two tiny islands after which it is named. Before dining, you can visit the ancient monastery’s wine cellar to choose your preferred wine. Adjacent to the hotel is the Casa del Barone. Here you will find a bar and lounge as well as an English library. Characteristic old world charm and attentive service ensure that guests of the Hotel Cannero Lakeside Resort feel relaxed and well looked after.
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    Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
    Bellagio
    The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is famous for three things - its favourable position on the banks of Lake Como in the picturesque town of Bellagio, just at the point where all three fingers of Lake Como join; its lush gardens of palms and luxuriant shrubs: and, its extremely well preserved architecture and interior decoration. Today a five-star hotel, the Villa Serbelloni consists of the elegant original villa and two wings where the majority of the bedrooms are located. The ornate interior is actually entirely in-keeping with the character of the hotel; the feel of a very relaxed holiday hotel is emphasized by the comfortable armchairs in the lounge, the cosy American bar, the live music for dancing in the lounge every night, and the bedrooms, where the accent is firmly on traditional comfort rather than modern style. The views of the lake are quite magical, and can be enjoyed from the gardens and terrace, the lounge, and those of the rooms which are fortunate enough to be at the front of the hotel. The gardens and private beach at the Villa Serbelloni give the impression that the hotel is actually in much larger grounds and further out of town than it is; in fact it’s just a couple of minutes’ walk to the pretty squares and waterfront of Bellagio. The hotel has two restaurants: the elegant, Michelin-starred Mistral Restaurant and La Goletta, serving traditional Italian cuisine. Service is either inside or, in the summer months, on the veranda (gentlemen are required to wear a jacket for dinner). Other facilities of the Villa Serbelloni include an outdoor and two indoor swimming pools, a private beach, water-sports and tennis, with a golf course nearby. Deluxe rooms have a lake view. We recommend this hotel as a real holiday hotel, perhaps for stays of seven or ten nights, so that you can really appreciate the beauty of the Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio and the surrounding area of Lake Como, with its numerous walks, villas and gardens to visit.
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    Villa del Sogno
    Gardone Riviera
    The Hotel Villa del Sogno is another hotel which we found captivating from the moment we arrived, and which our clients have always enjoyed since. Perched above the lake in its own parkland of classic Italian vegetation of cypress, olive trees, palms and pines, and reached by a long winding drive, the Villa del Sogno offers accommodation of good quality in extremely attractive surroundings. The hotel consists of two buildings. Some of the bedrooms are in the original villa, built in the style of the region with a terracotta roof, abundant wooden panelling and a ceramic tiled fireplace; a newer extension has been built into the hillside beneath the villa where there are several more modern rooms with balcony. The rooms of the Hotel Villa del Sogno are all furnished comfortably; the public rooms are spacious, of which there is a cosy bar and lounge, terrace where drinks, breakfast and lunch are served in fine weather, and the elegant à la Carte restaurant. The swimming pool and the tennis court are set in the grounds a short distance away from the villa. Fasano can be reached on foot from the Villa del Sogno but as the road winds upwards for several hundred metres, it is not a walk that we would recommend for everyone.
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    Hotel L’Albereta
    Erbusco
    An enchanting discovery within the gently rolling landscape of Franciacorta, the five-star Hotel L’Albereta is the setting for bucolic pleasures and pure indulgence. Clad with creeping shrubbery that eclipses the hotel’s façade, L’Albereta’s terracotta roofing and Juliet balconies hint at the history and charm that is intrinsic to the property. Wander the ambient grounds, where manicured lawns exude an air of authentic Italy: fertile, rustic and inviting. Beyond, the countryside extends along a level plane in a glacier-formed valley that is distantly bordered by dynamic peaks that shadow Lake Iseo. There are two restaurants to choose from at the hotel, both of which are popular and require advance reservations. Vista Lago Bistro is open from 7.30am until the early hours of the morning and offers wholesome home-made bistro meals. Restaurant Leone Felice is open for dinner on Thursday and Saturday nights, when Chef Fabio Abbattista prepares contemporary and traditional flavour combinations using produce sources from the hotel’s vegetable garden. Each of the 38 rooms at Hotel L’Albereta achieves effortless elegance and boutique distinction, having been crafted with the utmost care. Open fireplaces forge intimacy, while quality furnishings and fabrics promote excellent sleep. With accommodating staff and the outstanding Henri Chenot Spa facility, L’Albereta provides an accomplished service. A balance between physical harmony and utter indulgence is key; relaxing spa treatments, regional wines and divine cuisine are all ripe to be devoured.
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    Chateau d’Isenbourg
    Rouffach
    The magnificent Chateau d’Isenbourg is a luxurious four-star hotel. Despite its 41 rooms and imposing vaulted cellars where large banquets and lunches are given, the Chateau d’Isenbourg is run with care and charm to create a friendly atmosphere in top quality surroundings. There are comfortable lounges with an open fire place, a cosy bar with an excellent range of vintage cognacs and Armagnacs, and both a panoramic and a cellar restaurant. The bedrooms vary in size from standard rooms to large suites; however, all rooms are furnished to the same very high standards, decorated individually to enhance the original decorations (such as a painted ceiling) and located in the château. In a new wing, built entirely in-keeping with the original chateau, there is a large indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi with panoramic windows affording views of the vineyards, fitness room, sauna and Turkish bath. In the grounds of the Chateau d’Isenbourg is also an outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. In the summer months, lunches and aperitifs are served on the lawn at the front of the chateau. At various times in the winter months, the Chateau d’Isenbourg hotel holds its own musical and themed soirees, perhaps a jazz evening or a Diner Russe aux Chandelles.
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