The northern region of Italy is famous for its lakes and beautiful towns. This area is also perfect for an active holiday involving hiking or Nordic walking -- in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The mountains connect one lake to another, guide hikers through paths that go from one city or village to another and even across the border and into Switzerland. The views are breathtaking and the sense of achievement when reaching a destination is a well-earned reward after a challenging day. A winter walking holiday in Italy could be just what you need. Relax while on a winter walking holiday in Italy Lake Lugano, on the border between Switzerland and Italy is the perfect base from which to explore the historic cities, towns and villages in the region. This is where you can find Parco San Marco. The hotel offers walkers a perfect base from which to start day excursions into both Italy and Switzerland. And at the end of the day, it's the perfect place to come back to. Situated on a hillside and offering a 3000 mÂ² private beach, 111 suites and apartments, indoor and outdoor pools and state of the art SPA facilities, the resort has something for everyone. The Parco San Marco Spa offers invigorating treatments that will have you ready to start the next day filled with energy. Departing from Lake Lugano, you can walk to several Italian towns, including Bellagio, Rogolone, Monte Grona and Val Sanagra. The trails range from easy to difficult and require hikers to stock up on food and water, but all are well-marked and therefore easy to navigate. Taking time to enjoy a winter walking holiday in Italy is not only a good challenge but also a great opportunity to relax and unwind.