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What to see and do on Lake Garda: the most beautiful destinations

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With an area of 370 square kilometres and a maximum depth of 350 metres, Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake.

Fascinating resorts on the shores of the lake, cities of art, amusement parks, easily accessible beaches, and crystal-clear waters make Lake Garda a destination suitable for any type of traveller!

So let’s discover Lake Garda, with the most characteristic destinations to visit during a weekend or a longer holiday.

Where is Lake Garda

Lake Garda straddles three Italian regions, namely Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige, and has an elongated shape that narrows at its northern end (province of Trento).

Lake Garda Level

The average water level of Lake Garda does not undergo great seasonal variations.

Maximum fluctuations, in fact, are in the order of 1/1.5 metres.

The smallness of these variations is due to the considerable size of the reservoir compared to that of the hydrographic basin that feeds it.

Water temperature, on the other hand, is subject to considerable variations throughout the year. It goes from 6°C in December to 27°C in August (source: Wikipedia).

Lake Garda map

Below, you can find a map with the main points of interest located on and around Lake Garda.

What to see on Lake Garda

Sirmione

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Located in the southern part of Lake Garda, Sirmione is certainly one of the most fascinating places to visit in its vicinity.

Among the things to see, we find the Scaliger Castle, which can be entered through a suggestive drawbridge.

The castle is in a perfect state of preservation and can be visited inside.

Sirmione’s other major attraction is the Grotte di Catullo, the remains of a Roman villa built in the 1st century AD.

The two hectares of the complex now house 1500 olive trees, from which a fine oil is produced, and a museum housing archaeological finds. Go to full article.

Peschiera del Garda

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The perfectly preserved defensive walls have earned Peschiera del Garda entry as a Unesco site.

There are five bastions that encircle the historic centre of Peschiera in a pentagon, and on some of them you can access the walkway from which there are splendid views of the town and Lake Garda.

Also worth seeing are the Church of San Martino, the Roman excavations and a walk along the Mazzini lakeside promenade. Go to full article.

Lake Tenno

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On the Trentino side of Lake Garda, the medieval village of Tenno is worth a visit.

As a backdrop, Lake Tenno, where there are trails for nature walks and bathing beaches with water shades from green to blue.

Also not to be missed is the small village of Canale di Tenno, from which one can set out to discover the lake, via a path that takes about twenty minutes.

Canale is part of the circuit of Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages and has been awarded the Touring Club’s Orange Flag.

During the Christmas festivities, Canale di Tenno comes alive with the Christmas Markets, which are really very suggestive.

Limone sul Garda

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Limone sul Garda is located on the western shore of Lake Garda and is one of the most visited resorts thanks to its precious olive oil and lemon houses.

In fact, Limone has always been known for the cultivation of citrus fruits in the so-called ‘limonaie‘ or protected terraces where magnificent citrus groves are located.

The most famous one, now owned by the municipality, is the Limonaia del Castel, dating back to 1700, which is open to the public and can be visited.

Also not to be missed are the church of San Pietro in Oliveto, one of the oldest Romanesque churches in the area, the ancient Piazza del Mercato with the Torre Viscontea, the city cathedral, and the Azzone Visconti Bridge with its arches.

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What to see on Lake Garda: Malcesine

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Malcesine is a beautiful town of medieval origin on the Veneto shore.

In summer, Malcesine is mainly frequented for its bathing beaches.

In winter, however, skiers can access the Monte Baldo ski area thanks to two ski lifts.

Worth seeing in Malcesine are the Scaliger Castle, whose visit inside leads to the Natural History Museum and ends at the Tower, from which you can admire a beautiful panorama, and the Palazzo dei Capitani, seat of the Town Hall and the municipal library.

What to see at Lake Garda

Verona

What to see at Lake Garda

Among the unmissable destinations for visitors to Lake Garda is Verona, from which it is a half-hour drive.

Attractions to see include Juliet’s House, the Arena, the Ponte Scaligero, the Duomo, and the entire marvellous historical centre, a concentration of artistic, historical, and cultural testimonies. Go to the complete article.

What to do on Lake Garda

Gardaland

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Gardaland is the largest amusement park in Italy, with more than 35 themed attractions that are added to every year.

The park caters for both young people and families with children of all ages, and is located in Castelnuovo del Garda, in the province of Verona. Go to the full article.

Safari in the Natura Viva Park

What to see at Lake Garda

The Natura Viva Park is a marvel! It is a zoo with more than 1,500 animals of 200 different species from all continents.

The park is an animal protection, research and conservation centre, and includes the safari part, to be done by car, and the wildlife part, to be done on foot, as well as an area completely dedicated to dinosaurs. Go to the full article.

Sigurtà Garden Park

What to see at Lake Garda

Another stop not to be missed is the Parco Giardino Sigurtà, a wonderful 60-hectare nature park located in Valeggio sul Mincio.

At the park there are wonderful blooms month after month, but the most spectacular is certainly that of the tulips , which in 2022 earned it the title of Best Tulip Festival in the world. Go to the full article.

 

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