Lake Garda Weather - Best time to visit Lake Garda

Weather in Lake Garda

Holidays in Lake Garda invite you to relax in picturesque surroundings beside the largest lake in Italy. A favourite family destination, Lake Garda holidays allow you to enjoy spending time together in a stunning setting.

Lake Garda weather by month

Lake Garda typically experiences a mild and temperate climate with weather varying through the seasons. Here’s our month-by-month guide to the average weather and climate in Lake Garda.

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Frequently asked questions

Best time to visit Lake Garda?

The best time to visit depends on what you want to get out of your holiday in Lake Garda. The best time is generally late spring (May) or early autumn (September to October) if you’re looking to see the sights. The temperatures are mild and usually pleasant, making it the ideal time for sightseeing, outdoor activities and enjoying the beauty of the lake. 

What is the weather in Lake Garda in May?

In May, Lake Garda experiences mild and pleasant weather, with average temperatures ranging from 12-23°C during the day. May typically sees less rainfall and the gardens are in full bloom.

Best time for sightseeing in Lake Garda?

The best time for sightseeing in Lake Garda is during late spring (May) and the early autumn (September to October) when the weather is mild. It’s the perfect time for exploring the charming lakeside towns, villas and gardens without the crowds.

Best time for beaches in Lake Garda?

The best time for enjoying the beaches around Lake Garda is during the summer months (June to August), when the weather is warmer and sunny. However, it may be more crowded then. Late spring and early autumn are equally as good with pleasant weather and less crowds.

Is Lake Garda hot all year round?

Lake Garda doesn’t experience extreme temperatures throughout the year. Summers can be warm, but temperatures are generally mild in spring and autumn. Winters are cooler, but temperatures seldom drop below freezing.

Is Lake Garda’s weather good for walking tours?

Yes, Lake Garda’s weather is ideal for enjoying a walking tour, especially during the spring and autumn months when temperatures are more comfortable. Winters are cooler, but are still suitable for shorter walks. 

Does it rain in Lake Garda?

Rain is common at Lake Garda, especially in the spring and autumn months. However, it’s not usually excessive, but there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy instead. 

Things to do in Lake Garda if it’s raining?

If it's raining in Lake Garda, there are still plenty of indoor attractions to enjoy, such as museums, castles, historic villas and churches. You can also enjoy a leisurely meal at a local trattoria, or enjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyard. 

Best time for quieter holidays in Lake Garda?

For quieter holidays in Lake Garda, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of late spring (May) or early autumn (September to October) when there will be less crowds.

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Feel like a Citalian

Take a look at our hotels in Lake Garda below and start planning your holiday to Italy today, andiamo!

Hotel Savoy Palace, Gardone Riviera
  • Charming hotel in the centre of Gardone, close to the lakefront
  • Elegantly furnished and boasts stunning lake views from the terrace
Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort, Riva del Garda
  • Situated just a 15 minute walk from the centre of Riva del Garda
  • Set amongst its own magnificent park with tropical plants and ornamental lakes
Hotel Caesius Thermae and Spa Resort, Bardolino
  • Convenient lakeside location
  • Ideal base for exploring Lake Garda
  • Take a short stroll to the charming town of Bardolino
  • Relax in the modern spa and wellness centre
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