Lake Garda, Italy
Lago di Garda
For art and history lovers, Lake Garda offers an attractive leap into the past: medieval villages clustered between walls and towers, and Veronese and Venetian castles recall memorable battles and great leaders. The elegant villas, favoured by royalty and the scene of important historic events, are evidence of wealth and power in times of peace. In Gargnano the stately “Palazzo Bettoni”, designed in the late 18th century, is one of the most beautiful villas of the lake. The “Vittoriale degli Italiani”, the monumental citadel Gabriele d’Annunzio furnished and lived in during the 1930s in Gardone Riviera, constitutes an extraordinary and insuperable group of buildings, streets, squares, theatres, gardens, parks and streams. Not to be missed a visit to the remains of the Villa Romana in Sirmione known as the “Grotte di Catullo“, the Latin poet who died in 54 B.C., which is the greatest example of a private building of aristocratic character in the whole of northern Italy.
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Lake Garda and the surrounding area give to the visitor many possibilities to enjoy and to live great emotions, thanks to the amusement parks that boasts.
You can choose between the famous Gardaland, the first amusement park of Italy, with its world rides and fairy tale, the new theme park dedicated to the world of cinema and special effects, the Movie Land Studios, and, for those who love the emotions of the past, the medieval show to Medieval Times with duels between knights and rich food for all visitors!
Food & Wine
Three regions overlook Lake Garda, each with their own individual character, landscape and culture, which also influences the local cuisine and food and wine specialities.
The most typical product is the extra virgin olive oil, renowned for its lightness and delicacy, which goes well with freshwater fish from the lake and traditional country dishes of meat and polenta.
The Alto Garda area is home to the unique lemon houses, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
The citrus fruits of Lake Garda, are an important ingredient in many local recipes, including Limoncino liqueur and lemon cream of the Riviera dei Limoni, a citron-flavored beverage, and sweets.
An ideal accompaniment to each dish is the excellent wine produced in the Garda vineyards: Nosiola, Merlot, Cabernetand Vino Santo in the northern areas; Classico Groppello della Valtenesi in the southern vineyards of Bardolino andLugana. Several itineraries wind through the renowned winemaking areas taking you on a journey to discover the flavours and fragrances of the land…
Climbing cliffs around lake garda
Lake Garda is known throughout Europe as the paradise of sports climbing. Its popularity is certainly due to the hundreds of climbs of all difficulty; from those for novices to those for the more experienced. Here everyone can find the most suitable walls for their ability.
Summer is without doubt the favourite season for climbers, but the mild climate of Lake Garda permits climbing throughout the year. The walls are perfectly prepared allowing you to climb in complete safety.
Another characteristic of these itineraries is their nearness to the lake and the stupendous panorama they offer during the ascent.
Biking around lake garda
There is no better place than Lake Garda for bike lovers. More than one thousand kilometres of waymarked trails for all abilities, from beginners who want to go on easy outings, to more experienced riders with a high level of commitment.
The breathtaking scenery and unparalleled natural beauty guarantee all enthusiasts an unforgettable time of complete and utter freedom.
Routes found on www.visitgarda.com
Windsurfing and Sailing
An ideal place for regattas accessible all year. It is always possible to go sailing on Lake Garda because of its constant winds: the Ora, which blows from south to north from late in the morning to late in the afternoon and the Pelér that blows from north to south from early in the morning to noon. This steady and punctual flow of air is the driving force behind sailing events of high standard organised on the lake.