Lake Garda

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Lake Garda

With jagged cliffs carved by the last Ice Age, Lake Garda boasts one of Europe’s most dramatic landscapes, and yet it is often overlooked in favor of the celebrity-adored Lake Como, which lies two hours west. What Lake Garda lacks in movie-star glitz, it more than makes up for with a slower pace of life that emphasizes relaxation, authentic Italian living and an atmosphere that transports visitors to an era when literary legends (Catullus, Lord Byron, Ezra Pound) frequented its calming shores.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…at the one-of-a-kind, intimate Villa Feltrinelli
  • Experience…the lake’s best watersports, including excellent scuba diving
  • Splurge…on a private boat for the day to explore the massive lake
  • Eat…local cuisine at Trattoria San Martino, a romantic hideaway of a restaurant
  • Drink…wine from the nearby region of Valtensi
  • Savor…a sweet treat at Ciocolat Gelateria
  • Visit…the charming city of Verona, the famed setting of Romeo and Juliet
  • SeeIsola di Garda, the largest island on Lake Garda
  • Shop…along the charming streets of Salò
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations and itineraries

Lay of the Land

Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake at 30 miles long and located halfway between Venice and Milan, is also one of its most picturesque. With craggy precipices rising out of the waters and lush plants and flowers edging the shores, the freshwater lake draws visitors seeking dramatic landscapes, quaint waterfront villages, daredevil watersports and lake swimming, which is not recommended at neighboring Lake Como.

Lake Garda’s three main shores each have a unique charm. The West Bank is home to scenic towns such as the historic Salò, beautiful Sirmione, mountainous Gargnano (home to the waterfront Villa Feltrinelli) and the lavish grandeur of the Gardone Riviera. The East Bank, with its olive groves and enormous mountain ridge, is home to one of Garda’s prettiest towns, Malcesine, with cove-like beaches, winding narrow streets and a cable car that accesses one of the highest points surrounding the lake. The North Bank abuts the Alps and the region’s strong winds make it ideal for windsurfing and sailing.

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