The largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda was once a luxury travel destination for the Romans. It now welcomes discerning travellers from all around the world who wish to enjoy its stunning scenery, explore its historical sights, and enjoy the many activities on offer. The lake is so large that it enjoys its own mild and sunny micro-climate.
The narrow north end of the lake is flanked by imposing mountains lining the shores, making it ideal for hikers, mountain bikers and para gliders, whilst the south features gentler, rolling hills perfect for horse riding, cycling, and gentle strolls. On the lake itself, visitors can enjoy kite surfing, wind surfing, and sailing.
There is a plethora of charming lakeside towns; Bardolino is the destination for wine lovers; Sirmione is a spa town known for its thermal baths and the medieval lakeside castle, Rocca Scaligera; and Gardone Riviera - the “garden city” - features the historic home and museum Vittoriale degli Italiani, which boasts an outdoor theatre with a rich program of performances during the summer months.
Imposing mountain scenery at the north end of the lake
Spectacular views from the top of the Monte Baldo ridge cable car
Medieval castles including Rocca Scaligera
Charming towns and cities including Verona, Bardolino and Gardone Riviera
Go hiking, mountain biking, or climbing in the surrounding mountains
Take in some outdoor theatre at Vittoriale degli Italiani
Follow the Bardolino wine route to sample local tipples