ever wondered how magnificent it would be to view
and be on Italy's largest lake? Close your eyes and
just imagine the sounds of beautiful birds, the
smell of crisp, fresh air; the grandeur of mountains
and foothills embracing you, and the laughter and
conversations of joyful people around you: Now open
your eyes and start booking your trip to Lake Garda!
Poets and politicians, divas and dictators, they were all attracted by the picturesque Lake Garda (Lago di Garda), also known among the locals as Lago di Benaco (the beneficial lake). In fact, 7% of tourists visiting Italy choose to spend at least a day on Lake Garda’s banks, enjoying its Mediterranean climate, and admiring the amazing landscapes of this North Italian region: vineyards, orange, lemon, olive trees and charming villages.
Torri del Benaco
One of the smallest towns in the area, the picturesque and medieval Torri del Benaco is home to a pretty harbor filled with colorful fishing boats, but also to the imposing Scaliger Castle (Castello Scaligero) and to a lakeshore promenade lined with restaurants. Do not miss the Church Santi Pietro e Paolo completed in 1769.Even in summer, Torri del Benaco is relatively quiet and an idyllic place for a relaxing holiday.
NagoTorbole is made up of two separate and radically different, yet equally fascinating cities. While Torbole is located along the lake, and is extremely popular with windsurfers and sailors, Nago stands on the slopes of a mountain, offering a breathtaking view. Here you can explore a historical fort - Forte di Nago - and the cave Marmitte dei Giganti. Nearby, you will find Monte Baldo Park, also called the "Garden of Europe".
The mild climate makes Bardolino the ideal place for vineyards, so it is not surprising that its hilly landscape produces the famous Bardolino red wine. This charming town is also home to the Romanesque church of San Severo, with original frescoes, and to the church of San Zeno dating from the 9th century.
Limone sul Garda
A popular destination that has retained its village-like charm, Limone sul Garda stands at the foot of the steep mountain Dosso di Roveri. Famous for its citrus orchards, Limone sul Garda is home to La limonaia del Castel dating from the 18th century. Acquired by the city in 1995, it houses a museum and educational center. Inside San Pietro church you will find beautiful frescoes from the 13th and 14th century.
Located at the foot of the San Bartolomeo Mountain, Salo is the largest city on the western side of the lake. Do not miss the Palazzo della Magnifica Patria, built in 1524 and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1901, and the cathedral, which was built during the 15th century.
Lazise's territory includes the coastal area of the lake and a vast internal
area made up of hills that gently slope towards the lake, among olive
grooves and vineyards.
of Lazise hotels
are found both in the centre and in the surrounding countryside,
while numerous camping grounds have been set up along the promenade south of
the village. Lazise is the ideal location to practice lake sports, but also
to take leisurely walks, to make excursions by bicycle and on horseback
along panoramic paths with gentle slopes.
With the Monte Baldo in the background, Malcesine is beautiful and impressive. Most visitors come here for its stunning Scaliger Castle and the Palazzo dei Capitani, but many tourists come to also take the cable car to Monte Baldo (Funivia di Malcesine) offering amazing 360 degree view of Lake Garda and its surroundings .
Famous and touristy, Sirmione is located on a peninsula that extends over the lake. It houses the archaeological site "Grotte di Catullo" (the ruins of a large Roman villa), the Rocca Scaligera, an imposing castle and baths. Go for a walk in Maria Callas Park, stretching in front of the
villa where the Greek diva lived.