Lake Garda Italy

Lake Garda

Lake Garda is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations. Tyroleans and Bavarians regard it as a home away from home only a few hours' drive to the south, while the advent of cheaper flights to the many nearby airports has increased the attraction for those hailing from the north of Europe.

The villages and holiday resorts around Lake Garda have a different character, depending on where visitors decide to stay.

In the south with the towns of Peschiera del Garda, Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda, the lake is at its widest, with a mainly flat landscape behind the lake with some interesting history and lovely wine-producing areas. The motorway between Milan and Verona is very accessible and Peschiera del Garda and Desenzano del Garda are the only Lake Garda resorts which can be reached by Italian rail services.

On the eastern side, Bardolino and Garda are two of the most popular places to stay on the lake. Bardolino is famous for its wine festival in late summer and the area behind the two towns is full of olive groves and vineyards.

Bardolino Wine Festival
Crowds at the Bardolino Wine Festival

Further north the lake starts to narrow and the settlements become more hilly as the mountains approach the lakeshore. The historic towns of Torri del Benaco and Malcesine, with its cable cars up to Monte Baldo, are two of the popular destinations on the eastern side of Lake Garda.

The north of Lake Garda is the playground of the fit and active, with windsurfers and kitesurfers thronging Torbole to take advantage of the daily breezes, while just to the north rock climbers scale the famous routes of Arco.

Riva del Garda, a little bit further around the northern end, is a larger town which is a little more sedate and offers a historic centre and museum.

Limone sul Garda is a favourite destination for day trips from the northern end of the lake, with its lemon groves and winding alleyways

This website - Lake Garda Italy - is the "mother ship" for a look at some of the information relevant to the whole of the lake.

Those who enjoy the more active style of break might want to see what is on offer in the way of sports in the area, while those who enjoy the pleasures in life can sample the local cuisine and wines:
MainlinkSports around Lake Garda
MainlinkWhat to eat and drink around Lake Garda

Many visitors from the north of Europe and from other continents prefer to take vacation packages to Lake Garda. Others, especially those living on mainland Europe, prefer to make their own way to Lake Garda via motorway or through one of the nearby airports such as Verona, Bergamo or Milan. Either way our travel-related pages have you covered:
MainlinkHolidays to Lake Garda
MainlinkHow to get to Lake Garda

And for bite-sized chunks of information to impress the family (or the teacher waiting for the essay in Geography!) we've put together some quick facts and figures:
MainlinkFacts about Lake Garda

Lastly, one of the main resorts on the lake is Garda Town itself, which also lives on this main site, while Torri del Benaco is a favourite resort just up the coast from Garda Town. More comprehensive information about the towns of Garda and Torri can be found through these sections of the site:
MainlinkGarda Town, Italy
MainlinkTorri del Benaco, Italy

If you want to discover more about other towns around the lake, they are listed above or under the Lake Garda Resorts link in the site navigation.

A view of Lake Garda
View over Lake Garda

We hope you find this website useful and look forward to hearing your comments about the site and the lake. We especially welcome any views about the area from those who have stayed there.
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