Lake Garda

Travel Guide
Sirmione featuring a coastal town and general coastal views

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.

Where to stay in Lake Garda

Hotel Eden
Hotel Eden
4 out of 5
Piazza Carducci 19, Sirmione, BS, 25019
The price is €135 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Sirmione. Enjoy free WiFi, a private beach and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (386 reviews)
"Great location, and very friendly staff. Beautiful lakefront view."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2022

Hotel Eden
Belvedere Village
Belvedere Village
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Paolo II, Frazione Cavalcaselle, Castelnuovo del Garda, VR, 37014
Stay at this 4-star golf residence in Castelnuovo del Garda. Enjoy free parking, breakfast and a free kids' club. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4/5 Very Good! (268 reviews)
Great Family Place
"It's a great place for families, breakfast buffet was good, family apartment was great. Only problem was that internet did not work in the apartments; had to go to lobby or restaurant area to get connected. Was nicely located to visit Garda Lake and amusement parks."

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Belvedere Village
Albergo Ristorante Gardesana
Albergo Ristorante Gardesana
3 out of 5
Piazza Calderini, 5, Torri del Benaco, VR, 37010
The price is €142 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Torri del Benaco. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (123 reviews)
"This is a wonderful hotel north of Garda in a beautiful setting. The quality of the hotel is on par with Hilton and Marriott. There are plenty of activities in the area - shopping, lake cruises, hiking, etc. It's our new favorite hotel on Lake Garda."

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2021

Albergo Ristorante Gardesana
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residenza Olivo
Residenza Olivo
111 Via Don C. Gnocchi, Garda, Verona, 37016
The price is €312 per night from 28 May to 29 May
Stay at this apartment in Garda. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Rocca del Garda and Golf Club Ca degli Ulivi are located ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (11 reviews)
"Lækker lejlighed tæt ved byen. Lidt støj fra trafikeret vej. Men generelt et lækkert sted. Kommer der gerne igen"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Residenza Olivo
Belvedere Village
Belvedere Village
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Paolo II, Frazione Cavalcaselle, Castelnuovo del Garda, VR, 37014
Stay at this 4-star golf residence in Castelnuovo del Garda. Enjoy free parking, breakfast and a free kids' club. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4/5 Very Good! (268 reviews)
Great Family Place
"It's a great place for families, breakfast buffet was good, family apartment was great. Only problem was that internet did not work in the apartments; had to go to lobby or restaurant area to get connected. Was nicely located to visit Garda Lake and amusement parks."

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Belvedere Village
Campeggio del Garda
Campeggio del Garda
4 out of 5
Lungo Lago Garibaldi, 15, Peschiera del Garda, Verona, 37019
Stay at this 4-star beach campsite in Peschiera del Garda. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (338 reviews)
"The Caravan was good and clean. A kettle would have been nice and there were a lot of ants in the caravan but expected to some extent with location. Overall great location."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2022

Campeggio del Garda
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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