Lake Garda Hotels & Holidays
About Lake Garda
The largest of the Italian Lakes, Lake Garda stretches between the Alps and the Dolomites, embracing a diverse scenery, ranging from low-lying countryside on its southern borders and rising to the north with perpendicular cliffs draped in pine forests. Sheltered in a natural suntrap, the area around Lake Garda enjoys a warm climate in which olive groves and lemon orchards flourish.
Bardolino is one of the best-known Lake Garda resorts, mainly due to the wine made from the grapes grown in the surrounding hillsides. The resort offers excellent accommodation, while the attractive and lively traffic-free centre is home to numerous bars, restaurants and smart shops.
From the southern banks of Lake Garda lies the charming town of Desenzano, gazing out over to the Alps. A network of piazze, al fresco cafés and boutiques contrast beautifully with its three large beaches.
Once a fishing village, Garda has become a colourful holiday resort, much favoured by Italian holidaymakers and opera fans due to its proximity to Verona, as well as being greatly appreciated by wine connoisseurs who make frequent trips to neighbouring vineyards in Bardolino.
From its lush gardens a path snakes through densely wooded arbours of the Acquapazza valley. Gardone Riviera's lakeside promenade is lined with intellectual cafés and artistic trattorias offering the gracious charms of a bygone era.
Set on the western shore of Lake Garda, Gargnano has been favoured by the rich and famous for many years and today this can be seen in the fine villas, palaces and beautiful gardens which still remain. The old town of Gargnano on the lake shore is dominated by a main square and a pretty small port.
Limone, as its name suggests, alludes to the first lemon orchards planted in Europe. It is a magical place with old fishermens houses, narrow winding streets and lemon groves dominating the shores.
Malcesine, one of the most charming towns on Garda's eastern shore, nestled by olive groves and sage coloured hills. A funicular climbs up Monte Baldo where scenic walks can be enjoyed in summer on its famous ski slopes.
Riva, sheltered by Monte Rochetta and exuding a gentle and unhurried atmosphere, characterised by a medieval old town with one foot in a picturesque fishing harbour and the other raised to the 14th century castle.
Salò is a much sought after resort amongst informed cognoscenti offering an exciting choice of bars, cafés and inventive restaurants, specialising in regional dishes.
Set on a narrow promontory on the southern shore of Lake Garda, Sirmione is prized for its strategic location and gentle enchantments since ancient Roman times. At the entrance to the little town, which time seems to have passed by, rise the impressive fortifications of Rocca Scaligera.
Torbole enjoys a privileged location between the north-west slopes of Monte Baldo and the mouth of the Sarca river. The area is favoured by windsurf enthusiasts and walkers who meet for cheerful refreshment at its quaint harbourside.
A lovely, unspoiled village Tremosine is sheltered from mass tourism by harmonious landscapes, cascading waterfalls, thick oak woods and ancient olive and chestnut groves.
Multi Centre Holidays
Experience the best of both worlds and combine your Lake Garda holiday with another Italian destination. Citalia offer a fantastic range of multi centre holidays, perfect for taking in all that Italy has to offer.
- 14th Century castle of Rocca
- Funicular from Malcesine
- Parks and Gardens of Gardone
- Restaurants, bars and cafés of Salo
- Fortifications of Rocca Scaligera
Please note: Excursions operate seasonally.
Dolomite Mountains: An enchanting trip to the Dolomites. The coach will drive you up to an altitude of 2240m. There you can admire the gorgeous views, unique rock formations and deep valleys. During the day you'll drive through the valleys of Adige, Fassa and Gardena, covered with unique flowers and plants.
Full Day from £46pp
Venice: A tour to the unique city of Venice, famous for Piazza San Marco with its Basilica and the merchant palaces, which line the Grand Canal. Your coach will park on the mainland and you will proceed by private boat to St Mark's Square. Your guide will give a brief tour and then you'll be able to enjoy plenty of free time to take in the sights at your own pace.
Full Day from £61pp
Verona: Sightseeing tour by coach through one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, the city of Romeo and Juliet. A walk through the historic centre along the most significant monuments such as the Arena, Juliet's balcony, the Scaliger tombs, Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Brà.
Full Day from £43pp
Bolzano & Renon: After visiting the elegant city of Bolzano you will travel by cable car to the Renon Plateau, where you can enjoy a view over the rare earth pyramids. A nostalgic tram will drive you through enchanting woods and wide mountain pastures so that you can admire this plateau with its gorgeous summer villages.
Full Day from £48pp
Florence: You will travel through the fertile Po Plain and the Apennines to reach Florence, one of the most celebrated cities in the world, famous for its art, history and fascinating position.
Full Day from £67pp
Lake Tour: A tour by coach along the romantic Gardesana, one of the most impressive roads in Europe, with its exuberant vegetation. A visit to several picturesque villages to see monuments dating from the Roman, Scaliger, Venetian and Austrian rulers. A part of the lake will be crossed by ferry boat.
Full Day from £42pp (Lake Tour Special includes an extra boat trip from £51pp)
Milan (excludes Densenzano and Sirmione): A delightful discovery of artistic beauties in one of the most important cities in North Italy. The modern and cosmopolitan city is a fascinating combination of tradition and innovation.
Full Day from £46pp
Venice By Night: This excursion will take you to the lagoon city of Venice. Your coach will park on the mainland and you will proceed by private boat to St Mark's Square. Your guide will give a brief tour and then you'll be able to enjoy free time for a romantic walk through the illuminated city.
Full Day from £65pp
Wine Tour: Your chance to visit a winery close to your location, to sample and learn about these exquisite wines of the region.
Half Day from £37pp
Mantova & Parco Sigurta: A visit to the town, ruled by the Gonzaga family and beloved by great artists. Mantova is rich in art treasures, surrounded and protected on three sides by lakes formed by the river Mincio. In the afternoon you will pay a visit to the Parco Giardino Sigurtà, a green oasis offering 123 acres of luxuriant vegetation, one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.
Full Day from £47pp