Citalia's guide to Lake Garda

Lake Garda is considered to be the most beautiful Italian lake, and it's easy to see why. Every corner you turn you are awe-struck by stunning scenery, manicured gardens and picture-perfect, peaceful towns. With so much to explore, it can be hard to know where to start. That's why we have put together a guide to our favourite things about Lake Garda...

Things to do in Lake Garda


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Sightsee and unwind in Sirmione

The resort town of Sirmione has a lot on offer. The fairytale 13th-century castle dominates the scenery and marks the dramatic entrance to the historic centre. It is also considered to be one of Italy's best-preserved castles so is well worth a visit. Sirmione is also well-known for its thermal waters, attracting visitors since classical times, so it is the perfect place to unwind at one of the town's several spas.

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Go to the glamorous Riva Del Garda

For an abundance of Italian charm, visit Riva del Garda, where the historic old town will take you back in time. Riva del Garda sits between the mountains and the water, and is a fantastic combination of medieval old streets and glamorous gardens and promenades. Indulge in some downtime by enjoying a gelato at the lake's edge, or perusing the quaint boutique shops dotted around the streets.

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Marvel at the views of Malcesine

Located toward the mountainous northern end of Lake Garda, Malcesine offers breathtaking scenery. Attracting locals and tourists, the medieval town rises from the shore of the lake, and its cobbled streets lead to historic landmarks like the 13th-century Castello Scaligero. If you're feeling adventurous, take a ride on the cable car 7,000 feet up Monte Baldo, where you can look down through the clouds over the town and surrounding area.

What is there to eat in Lake Garda?


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One traditional dish of Lake Garda that you must try on your visit is bigoli con le sarde del Garda. This classic dish uses bigoli, a fresh egg pasta, and a simple sauce of sardines fried with a little garlic, dried chilli flakes and parsley. 
After the bigoli con le sarde, there is another dish that is traditional in the region, risotto con la tinca. Using the freshwater fish tench alongside Swiss chard and local courgettes, and of course the premium risotto rice that's grown around the lake, it is another succinct taste of Lake Garda.
Lake Garda is also one of Italy's best wine producing regions and the mountains and fertile soils around its shores are ideal for vine growing. 

Where should I stay in Lake Garda?


Hotel Continental Wellness & Spa
Hotel Continental Wellness & Spa is an excellent four star property on the shores of Lake Garda. Situated on the Sirmione peninsula it’s in the ideal location for exploring everything this great lake has to offer. 
Du Lac Et Du Parc Grand Resort
Wonderfully positioned in its own vast park, the Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort has successfully combined excellent service and facilities amidst a scenic setting to provide you with a relaxing Lake Garda holiday. Enjoy days by the  swimming pool or at the small pebble beach just a small walk away, before exploring the nearby Riva del Garda.

If you are ready to start planning your Italian getaway, you can easily book online today to enjoy fantastic offers on our resorts. We look forward to bringing you the real Italy.

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