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Marguerite and her daughter spend school holidays in their flat on Lake Garda
Image courtesy of Marguerite Templeton

Yorkshire-based Marguerite Templeton owns a one-bedroom apartment on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda. She and her daughter Suzanne spend most of the school holidays there in the summer and at Easter and Christmas. Friends of the family make use of it at other times of the year.

What drew Marguerite to Lombardy? “I worked in Milan for a few years in my twenties,” she explains. “I had never been to Italy before then and of course it was all terribly exciting. At the weekends I used to head out of the city and explore greener spaces, which was when I discovered – and fell completely in love with – Italy’s lakes. Six years ago, I was in a position to buy a small property abroad. I knew that there was lots for kids to do around Lake Garda, and I thought it would be lovely for Suzanne to grow up with one foot in a different country, so it was the obvious first choice for me.

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About Italia!

Our first stop this month is Milan, where Christmas is celebrated in style with a wealth of events to get you in the holiday frame of mind. The festive mood continues up in Como and down south in Sorrento. We also take a look at nativity tableaux (presepi) in and around Naples, where this celebratory tradition is alive and well. If you’re also looking for features without a side order of yuletide cheer, you’ll love our action-packed story from the ski slopes of Courmayeur, and our fascinating voyage of discovery around the peaceful byways of Molise.