The largest of the Italian lakes, Lake Garda has charmed
foreign visitors for centuries, with even the ancient Romans having left behind
their presence. Stretching from north to south, on the lake’s northern edge,
you’ll find dramatic towering mountains and cliffs, while to the south, you’ll
find rolling lowlands and pretty lakeside towns.
Our Lake Garda villas offer some truly exceptional views out
onto the lake and the stunning surrounding scenery, and though it’s hard to go
wrong when deciding where to visit, these five main lakeside towns promise to
offer you a memorable visit.
Located on the lake’s southern shore, Sirmione is an incredibly
pretty town especially popular in the summer months. While its medieval streets
burst with life and colour, its most striking feature has to be its moated
castle, the Rocca Scaligera. Once praised by Roman poet Catullus, the extensive
remains of a grand Roman villa, believed to be his, can be found at the tip of
the peninsula the town lies on.
Desenzano del Garda
Less touristy than many other towns on the shores of Lake
Garda, Desenzano del Garda offers visitors an insight into more regular everyday
Italian life, such as the evening passeggiata, where people young and old enjoy
an after-dinner evening stroll through the pretty streets. Easy to get to by
public transport, the town is home to plenty of good restaurants, shops and
bars, with the castle on the hill offering outdoor concerts in the summer.
Riva del Garda
Located at the northern end of Lake Garda, Riva is one of
the region’s prettiest towns, the waterfront decorated by colourful gardens and
the Rocca fortress, which also contains the town museum. The lakeside area is
packed with cafes, restaurants and gelateries perfect for enjoying a scenic
bite to eat. Just north of the town lie the remains of a Bronze Age settlement
at Lake Ledro and a 287-ft waterfall at Varone.
Found on the lake’s long western shore, Gardone Riviera is a
quiet but charming resort, with a pretty waterfront promenade. Two of the
lake’s most interesting attractions can be found here in the town: the
eccentric home of Italian writer Gabriele d’Annunzio and the tropical Andre
Heller Botanic Garden.
A maze of historic alleyways, Malcesine lies on the eastern
edge of the lake, with mountain slopes rising up from behind the cluster of
buildings. A castle with great towers to climb guard the waters, while you can
also take the challenging hike or a relaxing cable-car ride to the grassy
summit of the Monte Baldo ridge, which offers stupendous views from its cafes
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