The Italian Lakes offer a wide range of family accommodation, from hotels, apartment complexes and villas to chalets and campsites. At Garda, one great base is Peschiera del Garda on the lake’s southern tip, offering lots of family-friendly places to stay. Or at Bardolino, the Parc Hotel Germano Apartments receive great feedback for their flexible hotel and self-catering accommodation and facilities.
Otherwise, there are many campsites dotted along the southern coast; the following are our favourites. You could also base yourself in lovely Bergamo, which is handy for the different lakes as well as for hiking in the mountains.
If you're looking for a fun family short break in Italy, combine Gardaland themepark with a stay at one of its own hotels (see below). For a green holiday in the Italian Lakes, see our feature Eco-friendly Places to Stay in Mainland Europe.