Lake Garda

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Explore Lake Garda’shistoric towns, hike through its picturesque parks or simply relax at itslakeside beaches and hot springs in this beautiful region surrounding Italy’slargest lake.

Lake Garda is one of Italy’sbest loved holiday destinations, known for its incredible natural beauty andrich culture. The lake’s northern shores attract water sport fanatics lookingto windsurf or those looking to traverse its rugged terrain. The south drawsvisitors looking for a relaxing break with its laid-back resorts, beautifulbeaches, traditional vineyards and picturesque villages.

Thanks to the lake’s size and the local windpatterns, temperatures are milder and sunnier compared to the rest of theregion. The landscape is peppered with citrus orchards, vineyards and olivegroves, all of which give the lake a unmistakable Mediterraneanfeeling.

Visit the lake’s northernmost town, Rivadel Garda, and enjoy some of the best windsurfing conditions in allof Europe. Take a stroll along the lake, people-watch and meet locals andfellow tourists alike, and watch expert windsurfers do their thing.

Soak in the natural hot springs in Sirmione. Thesenatural attractions have made this town a popular holiday destination forcenturies, being something of a holiday sport since Roman times. Make sure yousavour a creamy gelato while wandering along cobblestone streets where – afterall, eating good food is a massive part of a trip to Italy.

Don’t miss Grotte di Catullo, one of NorthernItaly’s best-preserved Roman buildings. Spread across terraced hillsides andsurrounded by cypress and olive trees, its crumbling stone arches and walls aretruly something to behold. Stop and enjoy the breathtaking views across thelake or take a look inside the museum, and study it great collection of Romanartefacts.

Need more culture? Then delve into the eccentricworld of 19th-century writer, Gabriele d'Annunzio at Il Vittoriale degliItaliani. Even though he’s deemed one of Italy’s greatest writers, d’Annunzioleft his legacy has been tainted by his support for Mussolini and, to a lesserextent, wild lifestyle. Still, his flamboyant residence, which is decoratedwith leopard skins and black velvet drapes, is something to behold.

Explore the evergreen forests and orchid meadows ofParco Archeologico Rocca di Manerba by bike or foot. T his reserve is home tosome of the lake’s best beaches, a popular spot for swimming, and is a UNESCOprotected site.

Located midway between Milan and Venice, LakeGarda can easily be reached by train. Visit outside of thepopular summer season, when there are many festivals and events, if you want toavoid the crowds. But if you’re not too fussed about fellow travellers, be sureto check out the Il Festival del Garda, with its music competitions, beautypageants, and the boat races.

Top hotels in Lake Garda

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi
Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi
4 out of 5
Piazza Castello 19, Sirmione, BS
€91
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Santa Maria Maggiore and Scaliger Castle. Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (696 reviews)

"All good staff were friendly and the place was spotless"…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi
Parc Hotel
Parc Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Paradiso di Sopra, Castelnuovo del Garda, Verona
€44
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

This family-friendly Castelnuovo del Garda hotel is located in a rural location, 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Gardaland, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Villa Dei Cedri and ...

4/5Very Good! (344 reviews)

"Rooms had been updated, it is located next to a golf course and has three swimming pools."…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2019

Parc Hotel
Parc Hotel Gritti
Parc Hotel Gritti
4 out of 5
Via Gabriele D'Annunzio, Bardolino, VR

Located in the heart of Bardolino, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Church of San Nicolo and San Severo, Guerrieri Rizzardi Winery and Cantina F.lli ...

3.8/5Good! (391 reviews)
A great place and right location with great servic

"Only the wifi was really really bad rest everything was perfect"…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019

Parc Hotel Gritti

Popular things to do in Lake Garda

Scaliger Castle
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Scaliger Castle

Walk on the walls, venture down passageways and climb up a tower of this ancient fortress on Lake Garda in northern Italy.

Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda
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Roman Villa of Desenzano del Garda

Visit this Roman building known for its well-preserved mosaics and explore its museum of intriguing artifacts.

Grotto of Catullus
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Grotto of Catullus

Jutting out from the idyllic Sirmione Peninsular, this expansive villa offers a glimpse of how the elite lived during Roman times.

Top activities in Lake Garda

Sirmione and Lake Garda tour from Verona
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Sirmione and Lake Garda tour from Verona

100% of travellers recommend
€69
Per adult
Sirmione: 1.5-Hour Isola Del Garda Private Boat Tour
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Sirmione: 1.5-Hour Isola Del Garda Private Boat Tour

80% of travellers recommend
€42
Per adult
Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Lake Garda
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Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Lake Garda

€145
Per adult
Lake Garda Cruise - Isola del Garda and visit Salò
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Lake Garda Cruise - Isola del Garda and visit Salò

100% of travellers recommend
€35
Per adult
Garda lake guided wine day tour
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Garda lake guided wine day tour

€139
Per adult
Garda Thermal Park Entry Ticket
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Garda Thermal Park Entry Ticket

€27
Per adult