2The Northern Lakes
Want to mix road tripping with a little romance?
Where to stop: Villa Melzi in Bellagio on Lake Como for its dreamy, azalea-filled gardens; the 17th-century Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo for its sculptures and equally Instagram-worthy gardens; Castello Scaligero in Sirmione for its sweeping views over Lake Garda; Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore for its Baroque Palace and lovely fishing village.
Where to eat: Market Place in Como serves up great seasonal cuisine that’s simple yet sophisticated. Silvio, a Bellagio mainstay since 1919, is known for its terrific seafood, caught fresh from the lake daily.