Lake Garda Italy

Interesting Facts About Lake Garda

Here are a few facts about the largest lake in Italy for visitors new to the area:

  • Where is Lake Garda?
    Lake Garda is located in northern Italy and is split between three Italian regions: Veneto, Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige.
  • How long is Lake Garda?
    Lake Garda is just over 50 kilometers in length from the northern end to the southern shore.
  • How far is it from one side of Lake Garda to another?
    Lake Garda is just under 20 kilometers in width from the eastern to the western shore.
  • What is the altitude of Lake Garda?
    Lake Garda is located at 65 meters above sea level.
  • How long is the shoreline of Lake Garda?
    The length of the lake's shore is around 160 kilometers.
  • How deep is Lake Garda?
    The maximum depth of the lake is about 350 meters (around 1150 feet).
  • How big is Lake Garda?
    The area of the lake is approximately 370 square kilometers (143 square miles), making it the largest lake in Italy.
  • What is the next largest Italian lake?
    Lake Maggiore is the second biggest lake in Italy, with a total surface area of 213 square kilometers. Lake Como is the third largest Italian lake with an area of 146 square kilometers.

A view of the northern end of Lago di Garda
Italy's largest lake - Lago di Garda

And two of the strangest frequently-asked questions:

  • Is Lake Garda full of salt water?
    Lake Garda is about 160km from the sea, so it is very definitely a freshwater lake.
  • Are there sharks in Lake Garda?
    There are no freshwater sharks in Europe. The largest fish in Lake Garda are probably pike.