Insider tips around Lake Garda
With a total area of around 370 square kilometres, Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is also called Bènaco by locals. Lake Garda, idyllically lined with mountains, is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, especially because of its mild climate, the beautiful landscape and the rich plant life with olive trees, palm trees and lemon and orange trees. The deep blue and clear water of the lake attracts visitors year after year for extensive bathing and water sports. Lake Garda is a dream destination all year round and offers plenty of space for adventure but also relaxation. Especially recommended is a visit due to the beautiful weather from March to October.
On a discovery tour at Lake Garda
There is a lot to discover around Lake Garda. In addition to the picturesque villages along the lake, such as Malcesine or Limone sul Garda, and numerous cultural attractions, the lake is also a paradise for sportsmen and invites to extensive hiking, cycling or even water sports.
Strada del Ponale
The Panoramic trail Strada del Ponale is a popular excursion destination, especially for active visitors. Whether on foot or by bike, the old Ponale path offers a breath-taking view of the lake. The path impressively connects Lake Garda with the Ledro Valley and leads for 9.5 kilometres from Riva del Garda to the idyllic Lake Ledro. With a difference in altitude of 665 metres, hikers discover the picturesque surroundings on the approximately 3-hour tour. Especially in spring and autumn the Strada del Ponale is ideal but it should be avoided on hot summer days.
Il Santuario di Monte Castello
The Sanctuary of the Madonna of Monte Castello is located on the western shore of Lake Garda in the municipality of Tignale. It was built there in the 17th century from the remains of a castle and has been renovated several times since then. Thanks to its unique location on a 700-metre rocky outcrop, the church offers visitors a fantastic view of Lake Garda. The church is best reached on foot along a steep road on the outskirts of Gardola.
Strada della Forra
The impressive location of Lake Garda in the middle of the mountains offers great views and exciting roads. Especially the small villages of Tremosine with altitudes of 400 to 600 meters can only be reached by very narrow, winding roads that lead through canyons and tunnels. This is the reason why the Strada della Forra - translated street of the canyon - has its name. This masterpiece of Italian road construction was built in 1913 and is only suitable for drivers who are particularly free from giddiness due to the narrow roads that leave little room for oncoming traffic.
Eremo di San Valentino
Above the charming little town of Gargnano is the 400-year-old plague chapel of San Valentino on the western shore of Lake Garda at an altitude of 770 metres. After its construction around 1630, the whitewashed plague chapel served the inhabitants of Gargnano as a refuge during the plague waves. Today it offers visitors a fantastic view of the lake. Due to its location, the best way to reach the church is on foot, leaving the car in the village of Sasso. From there a steep and rocky path leads to the church for about 45 minutes.
In the picturesque village of Gargnano on the western shore of Lake Garda, the Romantik Boutique Hotel Villa Sostaga welcomes its guests in an idyllic hilly position with a unique panoramic view of the surrounding area. The historical 19th century villa offers guests a relaxing stay in individually furnished rooms and allows a fantastic view that accompanies guests from breakfast on the terrace, relaxing hours by the pool to a glass of wine in the evening all day long.
Lake of Valvestino
A few kilometres from Gargnano is the small reservoir Lago di Valvestino, which impresses thanks to its position surrounded by high rock faces. Besides bathing and water sports enthusiasts, the lake is also a very popular hiking destination due to its many high mountains. Already the way from Gargnano by car is a real adventure. But the serpentines of the narrow mountain roads promise a fantastic view and make you want to spend a day in nature.
Vittoriale degli italiani
In addition to the home of the writer Gabriele D'Annunzio, the museum complex also houses a war museum, the ship museum and a nine-hectare garden. The eccentric writer, who can be assigned to decadentism and symbolism, was a kind of idealistic mentor to the fascist leader Benito Mussolini and was financially supported by him. Today the monument is intended to commemorate the victory of fascism in Italy and shows the decidedly eccentric taste of D'Annunzio, especially in the house where he lived.
Isola del Garda
Isola del Garda is the largest island of the lake and is located not far from the bay of San Felice de Benaco. Today the island is privately owned by the Cavazza family, so it is necessary to book guided tours in advance. The impressive villa in neo-Gothic-Venetian style delights visitors, as do the magnificent gardens and terraces that extend all the way to the lake shore. Here, visitors experience unspoiled nature and discover palm, lemon and pomegranate trees as well as roses and cypresses.