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Lake Garda

Poets and politicians, romantics and artists, so many creative souls are drawn to the breath-taking Lake Garda and its clear to see why. The lake’s cultural diversity and majestic natural beauty lures in a cosmopolitan crowd all year round. With a dramatic mountain backdrop contrasting with the glistening waters of the peaceful lake and surrounding chocolate-box towns and villages steeped in history, beauty just got real.

A favourite holiday destination thanks to its stunning scenery and calming setting, Italy’s largest lake lies about halfway between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan. With the coastline stretching across 19 miles, covering three regions, there is plenty to see and do.

Each town remains true to its heritage and exudes culture while celebrating a rural, relaxed way of life. A visit here is ideal for those seeking an authentic Italian getaway and craving a slower paced regime.

With hotels set in traditional homes and palaces adorned in medieval architecture, oozing with charm and enclosed by olive trees, expect a picture-perfect escape. The holiday resorts reside in north Italy and offers a selection of five-star sanctuary’s that boast magical, calming settings, a wealth of facilities, tranquil spas and mesmerising views.

There are many places to see in Lake Garda as well as things to do with a rich variation of sights and landmarks. Offering historical interest, architecture, excellent food and wine, shopping, and a wealth of outdoor activities for adults and children, there is something for everyone while its idyllic settings make it a popular choice for special occasions.

For those seeking adventures and excursions Lake Garda is a perfect place for vino tasting, cycling, horse riding, mediation, boat trips, windsurfing, hill trekking, rock climbing and much more.

Whether you choose to take to the wind-ruffled waters in the North of the lake or lap up the scenic vineyards in the South, unforgettable holiday dreams will be made here.
The pretty pebble beaches of Desenzano and Garda town offer a great setting for soaking up the sun while the attractive port of Peschier, fortress walls of Torri del Benaco and Scaligeri Castles stand proudly playing tribute to the Veronese Venetian rulers. Visiting Italy’s elegant Lake Garda makes for an idyllic escape bursting with history, charm and chocolate-box towns surrounded by greenery and mountain backdrops, that are just waiting to be explored.

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The Lake Garda area of Northern Italy has excellent road and rails links and is conveniently located near major cities and towns such as Verona, Milan, Brescia and Bergamo, making it an ideal base for exploring.
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC +1
  • Must See: Grottoes of Catullus in Sirmione
  • Best Foodie Hangout: La Rucola 2.0 in Sirmione
  • In A Word: Picturesque

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 2°c   Feb: 4°c   Mar: 8°c  
Apr: 12°c   May: 17°c   Jun: 21°c  
Jul: 24°c   Aug: 23°c   Sep: 19°c  
Oct: 13°c   Nov: 7°c   Dec: 3°c  

Location

Lake Garda in a nutshell

  • Peschiera del Garda hosts the fun-filled Gardaland Themepark and boasts a variety of exciting rollercoasters and epic rides, excellent for a fun family day out. Also, you can rise up high above the ground and see panoramic views of the area in the Flying Island saucer. Nearby is the renowned 'Aqua-Paradise', boasting a magical tropical island, an erupting volcano and water galore, so its time you got wet ‘n’ wild.
     
  • Taking a family boat-trip in Lake Garda is a must... why not also participate in a little watersports and try your hand at windsurfing or water-skiing
     
  • What better way to explore your surroundings than trekking or climbing in the hills north of Riva del Garda? For the ultimate site-seeing extravaganza take a cable ride from Malcesine up to the top of Monte Baldo.
     
  •  Italian eatery, Restel de Fer, is set in the pretty Riva Del Garda and boasts an array of traditional, tasty cuisine. In the style of a rustic inn, the enchanting family-run eatery makes you feel like you’re visiting a friend’s house. With a relaxed, informal atmosphere, welcoming service, worn leather armchairs and copper cooking pots, this one offers a unique culinary affair. With a menu focusing on seasonal, local delicacies, it ticks all the boxes for freshness and authenticity.
     
  •  Boasting a Michelin star, Sirmione's celebrated eatery, La Rucola 2.0 is a refined affair. You can expect an emphasis on sea and lake fish with a contemporary spin and unrivalled presentation. When dining here we recommend going for the catch of the day accompanied by risotto or home-made pasta.
     
Soak up the Culture
 
  • The lakeside towns host vivacious weekly markets where you can expect a bustling atmosphere, friendly locals and a wealth of goods and organic food. Culture vultures, a trip to one of these is a must.
     
  • Desenzano del Garda is the largest town on the lake and a mecca for fashionistas, shoppers and lovers of vintage wine. The vibrant town is full of people and boasts a lively marina oozing with charm. When visiting this town, walking up the castle and checking out the magnificent views is a must. For a dose of history there is also an agricultural museum.
     
  • Sirmione’s Grottoes of Catullus is a ruined 1st century AD Roman villa of teetering stone arches and tumbledown walls. Its lingering hillsides offer striking surrounding vistas which are definitely Instagram worthy.
     
  •  If you have time, the Palazzina Storica museum in Peschiera is steeped in history and will make you feel as though time has stopped. Also, the charming Wine Museum in Bardolino showcases the process and story of winemaking, including a 15th-century press.


     
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