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The ideal climate, lush vegetation and majestic landscapes make this the most popular of the Italian lakes, with several delightful resorts along its shore to choose from.
Italy’s largest lake continues to be a favourite with visitors drawn by its distinctly Mediterranean feel with olive and lemon groves, palms and oleanders. The scenery here is incredibly varied with the south of the lake surrounded by gentle hills cultivated with vines and olive groves, the north by dramatic mountains dropping precipitously to the water’s edge.
Along the lakeside are many lovely towns and villages, all of which have attractive old squares and bustling streets with shops and cafés. There’s plenty to please culture lovers too with trips to nearby Verona and Venice and there are interesting tours around the lake by boat to visit the various towns.
Where to stay
The scenery in the north of the lake is breathtaking, with 2,200m high Monte Baldo dominating the
The southern area has olive groves and vineyards where several well-known wines are produced such
Places to see in Lakes Garda & Iseo
The famed city of Romeo and Juliet is just a short journey from the lake. Enjoy a guided tour of the historical centre and the Roman amphitheatre. Let us pre-book your tickets just call us on 01483 79 11 00
Travel through the heart of the majestic Dolomite mountains along the Fassa Valley to the Passo Pordoi where there is the chance to take the cable car up to nearly 3,000 metres to marvel at the surrounding scenery.
A day tour to the unique city of Venice famous for St Mark’s Basilica and the glorious palazzos that line the Grand Canal. Your coach will park on the mainland and you proceed by boat to St Mark’s Square where you will have a brief tour before enjoying some free time to explore at leisure.
Enjoy a trip through the vineyards of Lake Garda area, hear how the wine is made and enjoy tasting the wonderful products.
Food & Drink
The shores of Lake Garda fall into three regions; Veneto, Trentino and Lombardy, meaning a wide variety of influences on local cuisine. Try the fresh fish from the lake, such as rainbowtrout, perch or carp, simply grilled and accompanied by a fresh salad. Because of its mild climate, olive oil has been produced here since Roman times and surprisingly also lemons.
The many wines of the area include Valpolicella, Chiaretto and of course, Bardolino. The Bardolino wine route has many ‘cantine’ , or wine producers, where you can stop to try their products. Do also try the lesser known white wine, Lugana, from the Sirmione area, which is a wonderful accompaniment to the lake fish.
Festivals & Events
The Garda Jazz Festival takes place in June and July with various events around Riva, Torbole and surrounding area.
Musica Riva Festival is an annual competition for young musicians and singers at the end of July/beginning of August when there is a programme of openair concerts and performances in Riva del Garda.
Bardolino Grape & Wine Festival – Five days of festival dedicated to the grapes and wine of Bardolino at the beginning of October. Market stalls, wine tasting, food and music culminating in a fantastic fireworks display.