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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.
With direct access to the beach, this Riva del Garda hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto San Nicolo, La Rocca, and Tower of Apponale. Fiera di Riva del Garda and Congress Centre are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Colombare, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Provenza Cantine, Scaliger Castle, and Grotto of Catullus. Church of Santa Maria della Neve and Santa Maria Maggiore are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Lazise, this residence is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Castle of Lazise and within 3 mi (5 km) of Canevaworld - Aqua Paradise and Movieland. Church of San Nicolo and Valetti Winery are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Moniga del Garda, this caravan park/campground is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Costaripa Winery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gardagolf Country Club and Zuliani Winery. Polpenazze Castle and Padenghe Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Limone sul Garda, this hotel is steps from Museum of Tourism and Limone Sul Garda Harbour. El Castel Lemon House is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.
Situated on a lake, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Museo del Castello Scaligero and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Paolo Bonomelli Boutique Olive Farm. Baia delle Sirene Park and Golf Club Ca degli Ulivi are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Limone sul Garda, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of El Castel Lemon House, Museum of Tourism, and Limone Sul Garda Harbour. Tower of Apponale and La Rocca are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Torri del Benaco, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Museo del Castello Scaligero and within 3 mi (5 km) of Paolo Bonomelli Boutique Olive Farm and Baia delle Sirene Park. Golf Club Ca degli Ulivi and Jungle Adventure Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).