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Lake Garda Holiday Guide

Explore Lake Garda’s historic towns, hike through its picturesque parks or simply relax at its lakeside beaches and hot springs in this beautiful region surrounding Italy’s largest lake.

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.


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Hotel Flaminia €145
Hotel Flaminia

Hotel Flaminia

Piazza Flaminia 8, Sirmione
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 169 reviews
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    Situated in Sirmione, this hotel is steps away from Church of Santa Maria della Neve and Scaliger Castle. Grotto of Catullus is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.

    Hotel Continental Thermae & Spa €200
    Hotel Continental Thermae & Spa

    Hotel Continental Thermae & Spa

    Via Punta Staffalo, 7/9, Sirmione
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 321 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center, Scaliger Castle, and Grotto of Catullus. Church of Santa Maria della Neve and Church of San Pietro are also within 5 minutes.

      Villa Cortine Palace Hotel
      Villa Cortine Palace Hotel

      Villa Cortine Palace Hotel

      Viale C. Gennari, 2, Sirmione
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 57 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Sirmione, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 5-minute walk of Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center and Scaliger Castle. Grotto of Catullus is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away.

        Hotel Luna
        Hotel Luna

        Hotel Luna

        Via Vittorio Emanuele II, Sirmione
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 198 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center, Santa Maria Maggiore and Scaliger Castle. Grotto of Catullus and Sea Life Aquarium are also within 16 mi (25 km).

          Hotel del Porto
          Hotel del Porto

          Hotel del Porto

          Lungolago Barbarani 1, Torri del Benaco
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 71 reviews
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            Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Museo del Castello Scaligero and within 3 miles (5 km) of Paolo Bonomelli Boutique Olive Farm and Parco Alto Garda Bresciano. Baia delle Sirene Park is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

            Palazzo del Garda
            Palazzo del Garda

            Palazzo del Garda

            Via Desenzanino 7, Desenzano del Garda
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 29 reviews
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              This family-friendly Desenzano del Garda hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda and Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene. Desenzano Castle and Port of Maratona are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Hotel Saviola €109
              Hotel Saviola

              Hotel Saviola

              Via XXV Aprile, 40, Sirmione
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 71 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Sirmione, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of Santa Maria della Neve and Scaliger Castle. Grotto of Catullus is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

                Hotel Ristorante Gardesana €136
                Hotel Ristorante Gardesana

                Hotel Ristorante Gardesana

                Piazza Calderini, 5, Torri del Benaco
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 65 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Torri del Benaco, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Museo del Castello Scaligero and within 3 miles (5 km) of Paolo Bonomelli Boutique Olive Farm and Parco Alto Garda Bresciano. Baia delle Sirene Park is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

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