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Lake Garda is one of Italy’s best loved holiday destinations, known for its incredible natural beauty and rich culture. The lake’s northern shores attract water sport fanatics looking to windsurf or those looking to traverse its rugged terrain. The south draws visitors looking for a relaxing break with its laid-back resorts, beautiful beaches, traditional vineyards and picturesque villages.
Thanks to the lake’s size and the local wind patterns, temperatures are milder and sunnier compared to the rest of the region. The landscape is peppered with citrus orchards, vineyards and olive groves, all of which give the lake a unmistakable Mediterranean feeling.
Visit the lake’s northernmost town, Riva del Garda, and enjoy some of the best windsurfing conditions in all of Europe. Take a stroll along the lake, people-watch and meet locals and fellow tourists alike, and watch expert windsurfers do their thing.
Soak in the natural hot springs in Sirmione. These natural attractions have made this town a popular holiday destination for centuries, being something of a holiday sport since Roman times. Make sure you savour a creamy gelato while wandering along cobblestone streets where – after all, eating good food is a massive part of a trip to Italy.
Don’t miss Grotte di Catullo, one of Northern Italy’s best-preserved Roman buildings. Spread across terraced hillsides and surrounded by cypress and olive trees, its crumbling stone arches and walls are truly something to behold. Stop and enjoy the breathtaking views across the lake or take a look inside the museum, and study it great collection of Roman artefacts.
Need more culture? Then delve into the eccentric world of 19th-century writer, Gabriele d'Annunzio at Il Vittoriale degli Italiani. Even though he’s deemed one of Italy’s greatest writers, d’Annunzio left his legacy has been tainted by his support for Mussolini and, to a lesser extent, wild lifestyle. Still, his flamboyant residence, which is decorated with leopard skins and black velvet drapes, is something to behold.
Explore the evergreen forests and orchid meadows of Parco Archeologico Rocca di Manerba by bike or foot. T his reserve is home to some of the lake’s best beaches, a popular spot for swimming, and is a UNESCO protected site.
Located midway between Milan and Venice, Lake Garda can easily be reached by train. Visit outside of the popular summer season, when there are many festivals and events, if you want to avoid the crowds. But if you’re not too fussed about fellow travellers, be sure to check out the Il Festival del Garda, with its music competitions, beauty pageants, and the boat races.
This family-friendly Bardolino hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of San Severo and Church of San Nicolo and San Severo. Cantina F.lli Zeni Wine Museum and Guerrieri Rizzardi Winery are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Desenzano del Garda hotel is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Provenza Cantine and Scaliger Castle. Le Ninfee del Garda Water Park and Port of Maratona are also within 3 miles (5 km).
This family-friendly Salo hotel is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Rimbalzello Adventure and Vittoriale degli Italiani. Giardino Botanico Fondazione Andre Heller and Italian Social Republic Documentation Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Cola, this spa hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Villa Dei Cedri and within 3 miles (5 km) of Movieland and Canevaworld - Aqua Paradise. Gardaland is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Movieland, Gardaland and Canevaworld - Aqua Paradise. Villa Dei Cedri is 6.8 mi (11 km) away.
Located in the heart of Riva del Garda, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fiera di Riva del Garda, La Rocca, and Tower of Apponale. Congress Centre and Porta San Michele are also within 5 minutes.
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Church of San Nicolo and San Severo and Church of San Severo. Guerrieri Rizzardi Winery and Sisan Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the heart of Riva del Garda, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Porto San Nicolo, La Rocca and Tower of Apponale. Fiera di Riva del Garda and Congress Centre are also within 15 minutes.