Visiting Garda Lake in Italy

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Visiting Garda Lake in Italy

The Lake Garda is the perfect place for a holiday tailor-made for nature lovers, sports enthusiasts and for those wishing to discover beautiful places rich in history and culture.

The Lake Garda, with its mild climate and its ideal temperatures, like an embedded sea between the Alps and the Po plain, Palm trees surround the lake, oleanders, olive trees and vineyards and its banks touch three regions:

  • Lombardy
  • Trentino-Alto Adige
  • Veneto

All around the lake arise picturesque villages, beaches and small ports, establishments, parks and nature reserves. The shores of the lake, dotted with small villages, castles and monasteries, ancient villages, monuments and museums evoke the history and culture of the place.

History buffs will not want to miss the opportunity to visit the prehistoric sites of Valtenesi and Mount Baldo or the ruins of the Roman villas of Desenzano and Toscolano.

Without forgetting the medieval castles and fortresses of the Scala Family, such as those in Torri del Benaco or those in Sirmione, imposing and majestic. Sacred art is expressed in the rural churches of Maderno, Sirmione and Bardolino, or the neoclassical parishes of Bardolino and Cassone.

The shrines of the Virgin of Frassino, the Virgin of Montecastello and the Virgin of the Crown are famous pilgrimage destinations. Among the palaces and scenographic gardens, stands out the majestic Vittoriale, home of Gabriele which is located in Gardone Riviera, a village with many liberty-style buildings which also hosts the André Heller Botanical Garden which has over 2000 varieties of plants.

How to get there

Here are some useful indications on how to reach Lake Garda for your holidays!

You can get to Lake Garda in many ways, by your own means or by public transport, by plane, by train, by bus.

Getting to Lake Garda by Car

At Lake Garda, you can arrive safely in the car. The A22 motorway runs parallel to the east shore of the lake from north to south. Going out to Rovereto sud or Lake Garda north you can reach the various places of the lake. During the summer months, there is a lot of traffic on the weekends.

Those arriving from the west, however, travel on the A4 motorway and can exit at Brescia, Sirmione, and Desenzano and reach the south-west shore of the lake.

Do not miss the opportunity to visit Sirmione, a famous spa town with a magnificent historic centre housing the archaeological site of the Grotte di Catullo (Caves of Catullus) and the 13th century Scaliger Castle.

Getting to Lake Garda by Train

Arrive comfortably by train on Lake Garda - also bringing your bike. Even with the train, it can be fairly fast and too very comfortable means of transport to reach Lake Garda. You can reach the Riviera dei Limoni without any problem, no matter which direction you arrive from.

Coming from the north, you can go down to Rovereto. Convenient bus service to Lake Garda is available between the Rovereto and Verona Porta Nuova stations.

Getting to Lake Garda by Bus

An alternative to the car is also a comfortable coach trip to reach or move around Lake Garda.

Flying to Lake Garda

Flying is certainly the fastest way to get to Lake Garda. In the vicinity of Lake Garda, there are many airports, primarily airports Verona and Bergamo, which are both well connected to the Lake Garda area with connections by bus and train.