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Lake Garda Holidays

Holidays to Lake Garda offer visitors some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Situated in the north of the country, just west of Verona, Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It’s surrounded by dramatic peaks, elegant towns and scenic castles. Some of the most popular places around the lake include Peschiera del Garda, with its Venice like canals, the charming lakefront town of Lazise, Garda itself with its lakeside walkways, and elegant Bardolino, which is hemmed in by vineyards.

To the north you’ll find a more local, quieter and less crowded side to Lake Garda, with epic mountain views and picturesque viewpoints. Explore the lesser known villages around the area, such as Riva del Garda and Limone Sul Garda. Lake Garda is a chilled and relaxing holiday destination, ideal for those who love nature, architecture and culture, but there’s still plenty to keep you occupied, from castles and museums to hiking, dining and wine tasting.

Explore Lake Garda like no other

At Citalia, we have almost 90 years of expertise in Italy, and being the leading Italian holiday specialist we can help you to enjoy a trip to Lake Garda like no other.

Lake Garda may be one of Italy’s most popular summer destinations, but if you know where to go, like we do, you can find lots of space and places off the beaten track with a more local flavour. If you’re a fan of botany, or simply gardens, a visit to the Parco Giardino Sigurtà is a must. It’s filled with manicured lawns, sculpted gardens, sparkling ponds and peaceful walkways.

To get a taste of local life, visit one of the local markets held in the area. The town of Desenzano holds its weekly market on a Tuesday and is known for its fine Italian cotton shirts, while Bardolino hosts a market on Thursdays and sells everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts.

For a spot of relaxation and a bit of indulgence, make a visit to Sirmione Spa, in the town of the same name, where you can indulge in massages and hot springs.
Destinations in Lake Garda
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Bardolino
Bardolino holidays take you to the south east shore of Lake Garda, in the north of Italy.
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Desenzano Del Garda
The charming town of Desenzano lies on the southern banks of Lake Garda, gazing out towards the Alps. 
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Garda
Situated at the southern end of the lake, Garda is one of the main destinations along the coastline and enjoys a great location just 20 miles from Verona.
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Gardone Riviera
Gardone is an elegant resort on the west banks of Lake Garda. 
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Lazise
Lazise is one of Lake Garda’s hidden gems – a medieval walled town with heaps of charm in a winning location. 
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Limone
Perched on the north coast of Lake Garda, Limone sits against a mountainous backdrop in a secluded cove surrounded by olive groves. 
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Malcesine
A holiday in Malcesine takes you to the shores of Lake Garda, in northern Italy.
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Peschiera Del Garda
Situated just a 15-minute train ride from Verona at the southern end of Lake Garda, Peschiera del Garda is one of the lake’s most beautiful destinations.
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Riva Del Garda
Riva del Garda is the northernmost town on Lake Garda and oozes Italian charm, in a historic old town full of winding passageways and a glamorous lakefront promenade.
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Salo
Salo is a sought-after holiday resort on the south-west shores of Lake Garda, close to Gardone Riviera.
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Sirmione
Sirmione is one of the most popular resorts on Lake Garda, within a historic spa town, famous for its thermal waters.

Excursions and experiences in and around Lake Garda

Experience more of Italy by adding an excursion to your holiday. To pre-book one of our specially selected excursions, please call our Italy Experts on 01293 762410*.
Handpicked Hotels in Lake Garda
Discover the real Lake Garda while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels

Things to do in Lake Garda

If you’re a fan of castles, you’re in luck, as the lake shores boast so many magnificent castles that you probably won’t be able to visit all of them on one trip. Some of the most popular include the Castello di Sirmione fortress, one of Italy’s most well-preserved; the Medieval Castello Scaligero di Lazise with its charming gardens; and Castello Scaligero of Malcesine with its science and history museum.

Or perhaps you prefer graceful villas and palaces to imposing castles? Lake Garda has plenty of those too. Visit the Roman villa in Gargnano, the impressive Bettoni Palace fit for a king, or the lakeside Palazzo Terzi Martinengo museum in Salò.

For one of the most spectacular views of the lake, take the cable car up to the top of Monte Baldo, standing at 1760 metres high. It’s unique because it rotates, giving you a 360 degree view of Lake Garda’s landscapes.

Flight Information

The closest airport to Lake Garda is Verona (VRN). Direct flights to Verona are available from Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton and take approximately 2 hours.

When to go

Lake Garda is traditionally a summer getaway, with hotels usually welcoming guests between April and October. Temperatures hover around 25°C in July and August – and this is when Lake Garda is at its liveliest. However, the climate in Lake Garda is very mild in spring and autumn, with temperatures rarely ducking beneath 20°C. Fancy avoiding the busiest months? Consider visiting in May, June or September – you’ll avoid the crowds and still be treated to warm weather.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.

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Our recommendations

Insider tips from our well travelled team
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Linda Kulka

There is a lovely restaurant in Malcesine called Restaurant La Pace. As well as serving amazing food (the prawn carbonara in particular), they make their own limoncello, which is some of the best I have ever tried.

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