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