Lake Garda is the largest and probably the most popular of the Italian lakes, situated halfway between Milan and Venice. With its 50km length and 20km width, it covers three regions. Home to a collection of traditional towns that have retained its character and culture and at a stone's throw from Italy’s most iconic cities, is Lake Garda a perfect destination for everyone.
Lake Garda is a region of contrasts.
The narrower north end – the Altogarda - boasts mountainous landscapes, hillside villages, and harbor towns line the shores. It is the perfect playground for outdoor types. There are many opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. Go for a walk through the hillside of Malcesine and don’t miss a ride on the funicular from Malcesine to the top of Monte Baldo for breathtaking views of the lake.
Watersports are somewhat of a favorite here; the northern part of the lake has great surfing spots. But even if you’re not on the water, you can spend hours sitting on the lakefront, e.g. in Torbole, with ice cream or Spritz.
As the lake widens, it changes character, with almost a Mediterranean setting of open-air cafés and picturesque harbors. Known for its mild climate, an array of olive trees and lemon groves flourish here. The rolling hills to the east produce a collection of world-renowned wines, Bardolino and Valpolicella. The pebble beaches of Desenzano slide into the clear waters and are the ideal spot for a day of soaking up the Italian sun. Stroll around the charming harbor of Peschiera or head to Sirmione to discover its 13th-century castle.
Lake Garda has plentiful opportunities to wander, admire, and learn.