Garda Lake is an uncontaminated natural area between the plain and the Alps. There is evidence of an ancient past, as well as architectural masterpieces, but it is also a place to experience the peaceful everyday life of its villages.
From the charming Sirmione to the Riva del Garda, every town, every village, every hamlet has a tradition to tell, and some excellence to be proud of.
The villages of Lake Garda are popular tourist destinations, but still maintain their particularities. They offer various leisure and attractions. Lake Garda offers holidays to suit all needs, from relaxation to art and culture, to glamorous atmospheres.
The perfect spot for a car-free short break, with nearby ferries to take you all over the lake.
A luxury hideaway immersed in the vineyards of the Valpolicella and Bardolino wine regions, just a short hop to the lake's shore and Verona.
The villages offer cultural attractions to visit. Forts, churches, monuments, museums, villas and sanctuaries are good alternatives to sunbathing on less sunny days.
In Veneto, check out the medieval churches of Brenzone: San Zeno in Castelletto, Sant´Antonio in Biaza, San Pietro a Campo and San Nicola in Assenza. On the Trentino side, there are the ruins of the castle of Drena, with its 25-metre fourteenth-century tower, or the fourteenth-century church of Sant'Apollinare, with its beautiful frescoes. In the Brescia area, there is the Scaliger-era castle of Sirmione.
The Strada della Forra is a real jewel set in the rock. On the day of its inauguration, in 1913, it was defined as "the eighth wonder of the world". It starts from the 65 meters of the lakefront to reach the 423 of the village of Pieve di Tremosine.
The route, about 6 kilometres long, is amazing. From all points of view: it seems to enter the heart of the mountain.
Once in Pieve di Tremosine, continue until you reach the Paradiso hotel, which houses "La Terrazza del Brivido" (the thrilling terrace). It's one of the most famous viewpoints because it's easy to get to and because of the feeling of emptiness you get when looking down.
A cruise on the San Nicolò vintage sailing ship for a day of history and tradition on the waters of Lake Garda. The sailboat leaves from Bardolino port to go to some of the most beautiful places on the lake, like Garda, Punta San Vigilio, and Isola del Garda, with their enchanting historic villas. You can take a dip in the lake and request a light lunch on board.
Lake Garda is lined with vines and olive trees, and there's a road called the "Road of Wines and Flavours of Garda" that winds through the area. You can customise your own itinerary, choosing from options like a day tour that visits cellars, oil mills, and greenhouses; or a multi-day tour that combines art, gastronomy, nature, and sport.
Walks, Nordic walking, trekking. Lake Garda has some great running routes for all levels. From walks around town to discover hidden treasures, to real trekking itineraries.
Lake Garda can also be a great place for literary tours. The Grotte di Catullo in Sirmione, the remains of a large villa belonging to the Latin poet, is a must-see for lovers of the genre. You can follow in the footsteps of great writers on the Trentino side too: for example, Goethe, who immortalised this scenario in the pages of "Italian Journey", or Kafka, who was inspired by Riva del Garda for his story The Hunter Gracchus
Autumn = leaves changing colour and woods! Where to go to photograph them? Lake Garda is a great destination, with gardens like the Heller Garden in Gardone, the Vittoriale Park, or the woods and clearings around the lake.
The Sigurtà Garden Park, with its varied vegetation, is great for photography lovers.
Lake Garda is great for virtually any type of sport, but especially for adventurous disciplines. This area is perfect for you if you're looking for some healthy adrenaline, whether you're into water sports (rafting, kite surfing, canyoning, diving), sky sports (paragliding, hang gliding, parachuting), or land sports (climbing, motocross).
Why give up such beauty when electric bikes are available? A spectacular ring covering the entire perimeter of the lake - about 140 km - and allowing you to enjoy exceptional landscapes, from lemon houses and unspoiled nature to renowned historic centres.
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