Lake Garda is one of Italy’s most well known and popular attractions, famous for its 370 km2 surface, spreading across three different Italian regions. The lake is the biggest in Italy and is famous for a variety of different reasons, from being the birthplace of the common violin in 1540 to playing host to three historic battles in Italian history, dating back to 269 AD.
The lake covers a collection of 25 different picturesque villages and spreads over three Italian provinces, Verona, Trento and Brescia. This allows visitors a large array of different activities and sites to explore, all offering up an array of different historical value, including old castles and fortresses. Lake Garda also offers up a variety of different restaurants offering guests an array of cuisines and wines, ensuring it is not only your eyes that enjoy the beauty of Lake Garda but your taste buds as well! There are also a number of markets and shopping destinations for tourists to enjoy, allowing you to take a part of Lake Garda back home in your suitcase with you!
In order for you to make the most out of your time at Lake Garda, we have compiled a list of the top seven most sought after activities that tourists can enjoy, no matter what age. If you have any other further questions, get in touch with the team here at Corte Realdi and we will be happy to offer up some insight!
Although simple, the team would strongly suggest taking a trip along Lake Garda on a boat trip, allowing you to soak up some sun but most importantly the amazing scenery that surrounds you, often leading visitors speechless. The lake itself has been voted in the top 15 most picturesque places in the world numerous times and attracts a vast array of visitors for that reason alone.
Take a trip to Lake Garda’s biggest town
Be sure to take a trip down to the vibrant and bustling town of Desenzano del Garda, which is Lake Garda’s biggest town. Enjoy walks down the various promenades and check out some of the many boats and yachts docked at the marina, or sit on the lakefront and enjoy a coffee with a postcard view! The town itself also has an array of boutique shops and stalls for visitors to take advantage of, all sourced and made locally in the surrounding more rural villages. Desenzano del Garda is also known for its vibrant atmosphere, perfect for those looking to find a place for dinner with a marina view. Turn the clocks past 10 o'clock and it can be seen as a very popular location for young partygoers and nightclubbers, with a vast array of locals heading down to join on the celebrations.
A short trip up to the castle overlooking Lake Garda should defiantly be on the cards, as it offers up some of the best and most beautiful views of the lake and town, as well as an Irish bar. The town also has a railway station linked to both Venice and Milan, ensuring it is easily accessible to those visiting from further afield.
If you fancy exploring more than just the jaw-dropping scenery at Lake Garda, the team would recommend visiting the Gardaland theme park, recently named as the “Third best in Europe”. The theme park has a variety of rides, all at different speeds, highlighted by the famous “Blue Tornado”, an extremely adrenaline-fueled coaster with an array of drops and corkscrews. There are also an array of slower and more family targetted rides to enjoy, perfect for those with children, looking for a day of fun and exploration.
Riva del Garda
If you are after the best views possible while visiting Lake Garda, the team would recommend visiting Riva del Garda. The town is the second biggest and is sat at the far North end of the lake at its narrowest point. Its geological location lends itself to spectacular scenery, with towering mountains surrounding the lake, perfect for those looking to visit Lake Garda for a hiking holiday. The high mountains often cause the town to experience high winds coming off the Dolomite mountains, meaning the lake is perfect for windsurfers.
Peschiera del Garda
Head east up the coastline and you will find yourself in the popular town of Peschiera. The town itself is much smaller than Desenzano del Garda but arguably has richer historical meaning. As you enter the town you will notice that it surrounded by large fortress walls dating back to the 16th century.