There is a very good reason why Lake Garda (or Lago di Garda) has become, arguably, Italy’s most popular destination.
Northern Italy boasts some of the country’s most treasured holiday gems. Expert local guide from the travel department, Renate Tielman, shares her top Lake Garda attractions and explains why you should book your next Italian getaway here for 2022.
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1. Discover the spectacular landscapes of Lake Garda
âSurrounded by beautiful mountains, Lake Garda is one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe,Says Renate. âIt is an ideal vacation spot for many people.
Lake Garda straddles three provinces; Verona to the southeast, Brescia to the southwest and Trento to the north. The largest lake in Italy, it is just over 50 km long, 20 km wide and would take you around 3 hours to circle its circumference (160 km). Until the end of WWI, the northern part of the lake belonged to Austria and the landscape is arguably more Austrian than Italian. Renate will guide vacationers on a boat trip on Lake Garda, the excursion is an incredible opportunity to observe the beautiful historic towns along the scenic shores of the lake.
2. Explore the towns of Lake Garda
Most of the towns on Lake Garda are so picturesque that it is difficult to choose a place to stay! Located at the northern end of Lake Garda you can explore Limone. Against the backdrop of jagged cliffs, you can stroll its cobbled streets, browse its wonderful boutiques, or relax with a coffee in one of their waterfront cafes while taking in the breathtaking views of the lake.
Riva del Garda is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling blue water, this town is known for its medieval towers, Renaissance churches and narrow cobbled streets. The Bastion, a Venetian fortress, was built on the steep slopes of nearby Mount Rocchetta and offers splendid views over the town and the northern part of the lake.
The town of Malcesine is famous for its medieval Scaligero Castle and we highly recommend taking a trip by cable car, which will take you to 1,800 meters above sea level and you will be rewarded with phenomenal views.
3. Discover the food and drink of Lake Garda
Lake Garda is bordered by three magnificent regions, each with its own unique character and influence on the gastronomy of the region. The region is renowned for its olive oil, with olives grown locally, producing a light and delicate oil that pairs well with the region’s freshwater fish. The Alto Garda region is well known for its distinctive lemon trees and the citrus fruits grown in this region are also integrated into the gastronomic offer and can be seen in the Limoncino liqueur produced in the region.
Renate says that many tourists still like to taste the local products of Lake Garda. âLocal wines are always very popular. The same goes for our pizzas and seafood dishes (which include trout and sardines). But above all, tourists love our ice cream. It is world famous!
4. Relax and enjoy free time at Lake Garda
Another advantage of the Travel Department’s Lake Garda vacation is that there is plenty of time to explore at your own pace. The Lake Garda region offers a wide variety of activities for holidaymakers – the narrow northern corridor is a paradise for water sports and the surrounding Dolomites are a perfect getaway for hikers and nature lovers as well as for those who just want to relax in a beautiful setting. However, Renate has a recommendation on how to use the spare time. âAlthough you can explore Lake Garda by boat, I would recommend swimming in the amazing crystal clear waters or even just soaking your feet. It is an experience you will not forget!
5. Take a day trip from Lake Garda
Lake Garda is the ideal starting point for exploring some iconic Italian sites. On a day trip to Verona, vacationers can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the city’s Roman Amphitheater, the third largest in Italy. It is one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the world. Today it is used for beautiful opera performances. It is also possible to visit Juliet’s Balcony, which is said to be the setting for the world’s most famous love story. You can also stroll through the beautiful Roman squares and shop for souvenirs in your free time.
On the day trip to Venice, there will be a guided city tour, which will include famous sites such as St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. âIt’s always great fun to guide people through Venice,â says Renate, âafter all, it’s one of the most famous cities in the world. Venice is unique and beautiful. You cannot compare it with any other city.
Click here or call 01 6371 1698 to discover Lake Garda with Travel Department, if you are planning to take a trip to Italy this year to discover this wonderful part of the country.
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