Lake Garda

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Sirmione showing general coastal views and a coastal town

Explore historic towns, hike through picturesque parks or unwind at beaches and hot springs in this beautiful region surrounding Italy’s largest lake.

Lake Garda is one of Italy’s most popular vacation destinations, known for its stunning natural scenery and rich culture. The lake’s northern area attracts outdoor enthusiasts eager to windsurf or explore its rugged terrain. The south draws visitors with its laid-back resorts, pleasant beaches, scenic vineyards and pretty villages.

As a result of the lake’s size and local wind patterns, temperatures here are milder and sunnier compared to the rest of the region. You’ll notice the landscape is dotted with citrus orchards, vineyards and olive groves, all of which give the lake a distinctive Mediterranean feeling.

Visit the lake’s northernmost town, Riva del Garda, to enjoy some of the best windsurfing conditions in Europe. Go for a stroll along the lake to people-watch and check out experienced windsurfers in action.

In Sirmione, soak in the natural hot springs, which have made this town a popular vacation destination since Roman times. Savor a creamy gelato while wandering along cobblestone streets, enjoying its old-world atmosphere.

Be sure to visit Grotte di Catullo, one of Northern Italy’s best-preserved Roman residences. The crumbling stone arches and walls are spread across terraced hillsides and surrounded by cypress and olive trees. Enjoy beautiful views across the lake or take a look inside the accompanying museum of Roman artifacts.

Step into the eccentric world of 19th-century writer Gabriele d'Annunzio at Il Vittoriale degli Italiani. Despite being acclaimed as one of Italy’s greatest writers, d’Annunzio left a controversial legacy for his Fascist political views and wild lifestyle. Check out his flamboyant residence, which is decorated with leopard skins and black velvet drapes.

Cycle or walk through the picturesque evergreen forests and orchid meadows of Parco Archeologico Rocca di Manerba. A UNESCO protected site, this reserve is home to some of the lake’s best beaches for soaking up the sun or swimming.

Lake Garda is located midway between Milan and Venice, and can be reached by train. To avoid crowds, visit outside of the popular summer season when there are many festivals and events. These include the Il Festival del Garda, with music competitions and beauty pageants, and the boat races between teams from around the lake.

Where to stay in Lake Garda

Hotel San Marco
Hotel San Marco
3 out of 5
Lungolago Mazzini, 15, Peschiera del Garda, VR
The price is ¥13,803 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in the heart of Peschiera del Garda, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Porta Brescia, Bracco Baldo Beach, and Clinica Pederzoli. Zenato Winery ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (412 reviews)
"I feel like this property had many aspects to review. It was close enough to the water but not what we expected. There wasn't a beach close to swim. There is a pool onsite that was only open until 7pm. Shops and restaurants were close to walk to. The hotel was very clean and the staff was outstanding. ..."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Hotel San Marco
Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi
Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi
4 out of 5
Piazza Castello 19, Sirmione, BS
Fully refundable
The price is ¥14,523 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is steps from Scaliger Castle, Church of Santa Maria della Neve, and Santa Maria Maggiore. Spiaggia del Preti and Center ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (732 reviews)
"Breakfast was brilliant with lots to choose from. I asked to upgrade my room on arrival and they didn’t seem to fussed. Considering I was prepared to pay the cost of my room again for a balcony and view, you’d have thought they’d be a bit more enthusiastic and willing. The bathroom was good and the ..."

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Hotel Sirmione e Promessi Sposi
Hotel Splendid Palace
Hotel Splendid Palace
4 out of 5
Via IV Novembre 70, Limone sul Garda, BS
Situated in Limone sul Garda, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parco Alto Garda Bresciano, Limonaia del Castèl, and Museum of Tourism. Limone Sul Garda ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (75 reviews)
To be repeated
"Great place for holidays. Hotel is based in perfect location, next to the center like 2 minutes but really quite because of that. Outstanding view from the hotel. A lot of food for breakfast. Clean and nice pool"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

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Hotel Splendid Palace
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Poiano Resort Apartments
Poiano Resort Apartments
Via Poiano, Garda, VR
The price is ¥9,110 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
This family-friendly Garda apartment building is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Rocca del Garda, Garden of Casa Biasi and Al Corno Beach. ...
3.9/5 Good! (135 reviews)
"Enjoyed our stay, loved the pool and the view. The hotel is in need of a refurbishment."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Poiano Resort Apartments
Camping Bella Italia
Camping Bella Italia
5 out of 5
Via Bell'Italia 2, Peschiera del Garda, VR
This family-friendly Peschiera del Garda campground is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bracco Baldo Beach, Porta Brescia, and Zenato Winery. Parco del ...
4/5 Very Good! (288 reviews)
"Really good for families, well organised. I can’t fault the stay. Entertaining for kids, evening live music in a bar. Swimming pool and located right by the lake."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2021

Camping Bella Italia
Sisan Family Resort
Sisan Family Resort
4 out of 5
Via Fontane 19, Bardolino, Provincia di Verona
Situated in Bardolino, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Olive Oil, Spiaggia Cisano, and Cantina F.lli Zeni Wine Museum. Valetti Winery and Guerrieri ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Super freundliches Personal, hervorragendes Essen, familienfreundliches Hotel, saubere Zimmer. Alles in allem ein perfekter Urlaub in einem einzigartigen Hotel."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

Sisan Family Resort
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