Sights on Lake Garda

Sights on Lake Garda

Sights on Lake Garda

Stories about the and places of interest for your vacation on Lake Garda.

Sights on Lake Garda

Sights on Lake Garda

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Lake Garda, vacation on the largest lake in Italy

Lake Garda, vacation on the largest lake in Italy

Lake Garda, vacation on the largest lake in ItalyA tour to discover the most atmospheric places that should not be missing in your itinerary on Lake Garda. Rich in a thousand years of history that began in the distant Middle Paleolithic and cradle of ancient peoples...

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Lake Garda Island, Isola Borghese Cavazza

Lake Garda Island, Isola Borghese Cavazza

Lake Garda Island, also known as Borghese Cavazza Island, is the largest of the five islands in the Lake Garda. Isola del Garda is located about 200 meters from Capo San Fermo, a promontory that separates the Gulf of Salò from the Baia del Smeraldo bay. The island has...

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Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy

Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy

Sirmione, one of the most beautiful towns of Lombardy is located on a narrow peninsula of the lower Lake Garda. The beautiful Sirmione is located on the southern shore of Lake Garda, in the province of Brescia, on the border with the province of Verona and Veneto. The...

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Lake Garda, vacation on the largest lake in Italy

Lake Garda, vacation on the largest lake in Italy

Lake Garda, vacation on the largest lake in Italy

A tour to discover the most atmospheric places that should not be missing in your itinerary on Lake Garda.

Rich in a thousand years of history that began in the distant Middle Paleolithic and cradle of ancient peoples such as the Romans and Lombards, Lake Garda, with its picturesque villages, beautiful villas and enchanting castles, is the perfect destination for those seeking a vacation among fairytale villages, small streets and unforgettable views.

Lake Garda (Italian: Lago di Garda), also called Benaco, is the largest lake in Italy with an area of 370 square kilometers. Due to its enormous size, it is divided between the Province of Trento in Trentino-Alto Adige, the Province of Brescia in Lombardy and the Province of Verona in Veneto.

It is visited by millions of tourists every year and is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Exceptional is the variety of landscapes that make this lake the perfect destination both in summer and winter with its high snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, small islands and clear beaches that offer a different but always impressive sight throughout the year.

Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Trentino, Italy

Panoramic view of the beautiful Lake Garda in autumn. Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Trentino South Tyrol, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

Hundreds of villages are able to make your stay on the lake unique and in the first place, on the Lombard shore, we find Sirmione, considered one of the jewels of Lake Garda. With its magical atmosphere, which in history has attracted writers and poets such as Catullus and Joyce, Sirmione is one of the most exciting destinations to be found on Lake Garda.

This small village owes its uniqueness mainly to the famous Scaliger Castle, located on the outskirts of the town, which can be reached only through the drawbridge of this impressive fortress founded on the water.
The castle of Sirmione, built around 1250 A.D. by Mastino I Della Scala, is one of the best preserved castles in Italy and can be visited today in its entirety.
Inside you can visit many rooms, see the two crenellated towers overlooking Lake Garda and climb the 146 steps that lead to the footbridges from which you can admire the surrounding landscape.
Like all medieval castles, the castle of Sirmione is surrounded by macabre legends that tell of ancient murders and restless spirits that roam its corridors on stormy nights.

Another famous attraction in Sirmione that will delight all lovers of history are the Caves of Catullus. Surrounded by olive trees and nestled in a wild nature near the lake, the “Grotte di Catullo” are the remains of an ancient Roman villa from the first century AD, which according to tradition was owned by the family of the famous Veronese poet Catullus.

The villa, which covers more than two hectares and was once built on three floors, is now open to the public. Inside you can visit the ancient ruins, a vast olive grove with more than 1,500 olive trees and a museum that collects archaeological findings from the areas of the lake from prehistoric to Roman times.

World famous for its wonderful thermal waters are also the Terme di Sirmione, whose discovery by Procopio dates back to 1889. Characterized by mineral water that is considered bacteriologically pure, these spas are the perfect destination for those seeking relaxation and wellness.

Castello Scaligero, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Sights in Italy

Rocca Scaligera Castle in Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

Also in Lombardy is Limone sul Garda, a small town known for its citrus groves on panoramic terraces that surround the entire town.

The most famous is the Limonaia Castel, where lemons, grapefruits, tangerines and citrons grow abundantly thanks to the microclimate of the lake.

Sports enthusiasts in Limone sul Garda should not miss the panoramic bike path, a route built high above the lake that will captivate you with its breathtaking views.

Near Limone sul Garda lies Tremosine, a group of small hamlets built on a plateau and known for their picturesque streets and spectacular terraces, such as the Strada della Forra, which was carved into the rock of the mountain, and the Terrazza del Brividowhich overlooks the lake.

Going up the eastern shore of the lake, you come to Salò, known for its historical importance during the events of World War II. A must-see is the Salò Cathedral, built in 1453 in late Gothic style and rich in priceless works of art by Paolo Veneziano and Moretto. The lake promenade, the longest on Lake Garda, also offers a postcard-perfect backdrop.

Just a few kilometers from Salò is Gardone Riviera with the Vittoriale degli Italiani. The burial place of Gabriele D’Annunzio, this huge villa was commissioned by the poet to the architect Giancarlo Maroni, who worked on the construction for almost 15 years and completed the work in 1938.

This “little citadel” houses the Prioria, a house-museum with richly decorated rooms and dozens of extravagant objects, a large park with fountains, statues and ponds, various museums, an amphitheater and an auditorium that can hold more than 200 people. Among the most evocative places to visit in the Vittoriale are the Nave Puglia, the mausoleum where the remains of the poet are kept, and the Museo D’Annunzio Segreto, where all the memorabilia of the Vate’s life are collected.

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Isola del Garda Borghese, Lake Garda, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

On the shore of Trentino, in a fjord surrounded by the Alps, Riva del Garda is the most picturesque and much visited town. The historic center is a must-see, climbing up the hill in narrow, characteristic streets that lead to Piazza 3 Novembre, the heart of the city. Within this square overlooking the lake is the Apponale Tower, which dates back to 1220 A.D. and can be entered with a ticket that allows you to climb the many steps to the top, from where you can admire the whole city from above.

Another destination near Riva del Garda is the medieval town of Arco, with its castle perched on the rock, considered one of the most beautiful in the Alps, and its botanical garden, commissioned by Archduke Albert of Habsburg and rich in rare plants.
Still in Trentino, between Lake Garda and Lake Tenno, lies Canale di Tenno, one of the oldest and best preserved medieval villages in Italy, with its unmissable views and steep streets full of history and traditions.

On the Venetian shore lies Malcesine, the pearl of Lake Garda. This small village with its colorful houses and medieval castle is the starting point of the cable car that takes you to Monte Baldo, the highest peak of Lake Garda, which offers the best view of the entire lake and from which many trails lead for hiking enthusiasts.
Still in the Veneto region, not far from Malcesine, is Cassone with the Aril River, which at 175 meters is the shortest river in the world.

To be visited at sunset and considered the most romantic place on the lake, Punta San Virgilio was the heart place of writers like Goethe and never ceases to amaze with its delicate landscape of cypresses and old lemon houses.
It also houses one of the oldest inns in Italy, which has hosted countless illustrious personalities over the centuries, and has one of the most famous beaches on the lake: the Baia delle Sirene.

If you are passionate about viticulture, Lazise and Bardolino are the perfect destinations for you. Villages famous for the production of fine wines such as Bardolino and Chiaretto, here you can visit vineyards, wine cellars and participate in various tastings.

The town is also home to the Wine Museum, which tells the story of wine production with ancient and modern exhibits and comprehensive explanatory panels. Lazise is also very popular with young and old because of its numerous amusement parks which are located in the surroundings of this beautiful Lake Garda resort.

 

Limone sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

Limone sul Garda, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

Malcesine, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy, golf tournaments on Lake Garda.

Malcesine, Lake Garda, Veneto, Italy. (photo © xbrchx / Shutterstock.com)

Part of the immense landscape of Lake Garda is also the Isola del Garda, the largest of the five islands of the lake. 200 meters from the coast and accessible only by boat, on this island you can visit Villa Ferrari, the hermitage of St. Francis of Assisi and dozens of Roman remains such as tombstones and temple ruins scattered throughout the area.

If you are near Torbole, you can’t miss a visit to the Marmitte dei Giganti: huge holes dug in the mountain by the melting of the glaciers more than 130,000 years ago, more than 5 meters wide and about 12 meters deep. Visiting this place really means witnessing the wonderful feats of nature.

Other very worth seeing places on Lake Garda are San Felice del Benaco on the western shore of Lake Garda, Peschiera del Garda on the southern shore of Lake Garda and also Desenzano sul Garda, as well as Torri del Benaco, Gargnano, Brenzone, Manerba del Garda, Moniga del Garda, Tignale and the town of Garda which gave its name to Lago di Garda.

Not only villages and castles, but also the traditional cuisine of Lake Garda is full of delicious dishes to try. Typical are, of course, the dishes based on fish from the lake, such as bigoli con le sarde, a typical dish of fresh egg pasta, sisàm, a sweet and sour mixture of dried buttonholes and white onions, and risotto with tench fried and beaten in butter.

The menu also includes meat dishes such as lesso con pearà (boiled meat with pearà), prepared with beef and pork and served with a breadcrumb sauce, polenta and mortadèla and canederli in meat broth, bread balls filled with eggs and meat.

Lake Garda, thanks to the varied nature of its territory, is also the perfect destination for all sports enthusiasts. From sailing to windsurfing, from climbing to trekking, from cycling to paragliding a round of golf on one of the numerous, beautiful Golf courses on Lake Garda – the Benaco is considered the Mecca of outdoor sports and here there are a thousand ways to go, walls to climb and waves to plow through.

Many and many more are the surprises that this wonderful land has to offer its visitors and if you are looking for a place for your next vacation, do not hesitate to discover Lake Garda, which I am sure will remain forever in your heart.

 

Riva del Garda

Salò

Malcesine

Sirmione

Limone sul Garda

Torbole

Arco

Isola del Garda

Lazise

Bardolino

Monte Baldo

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Lake Garda Island, Isola Borghese Cavazza

Lake Garda Island, Isola Borghese Cavazza

Lake Garda Island, also known as Borghese Cavazza Island, is the largest of the five islands in the Lake Garda.

Isola del Garda is located about 200 meters from Capo San Fermo, a promontory that separates the Gulf of Salò from the Baia del Smeraldo bay. The island has been inhabited since Roman times and was then known as Insula Cranie. It was for a long time a refuge for pirates who attacked the boats that sailed the routes of Lake Garda.

In the year 879 it was given to the friars of San Zeno from Verona given. The island hosted illustrious personalities, from St. Francis of Assisi to St. Anthony of Padua, Dante Alighieri and St. Bernardino of Siena. Over the years it became an important ecclesiastical center of meditation and housed a school of theology and philosophy until 1778.

After passing to the State, the property changed numerous owners over the years, around 1817 the Garda Island came into the possession of Count Luigi Lechi of Brescia and to later pass into the possession of Duke Gaetano de Ferrari of Genoa, who made important architectural changes. In 1927 the island was inherited by the family of the Counts Cavazza, who still live there and take care of the park and the preservation of the palace, which since 2002 is also open to the public.

Villa De Ferrari was built between 1894 and 1901 at the behest of the Duke of Genoa Raffaele De Ferrari on Isola di Garda, the largest island in the lake, on pre-existing buildings (the island was in fact inhabited since pre-Roman times). The villa was inspired by the residences in the Venetian lagoon and is the only present example of neo-Gothic architecture on the Lake Garda in this style.

The park, which is located next to the building, consists of small bridges, canals and artificial caves and ancient settlements. Lake Garda Island Borghese Cavazza officially belongs also to the Club Grandi Giardini Italiani.

Isola Borghese Cavazza, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

Lake Garda Island – Isola del Garda with Villa De Ferrari – Borghese Cavazza. Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

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Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy

Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy

Sirmione, one of the most beautiful towns of Lombardy is located on a narrow peninsula of the lower Lake Garda.

The beautiful Sirmione is located on the southern shore of Lake Garda, in the province of Brescia, on the border with the province of Verona and Veneto. The town is located just over 100 km from Milan and is easily accessible via the E70 freeway (A4).

The Romans and Greeks already knew Sirmione and in particular the Via Gallica passed precisely through the isthmus of the so-called Sirmio. The Roman poet Gaius Quintus Valerius Catullus dedicated a passionate poem to it and the Roman villa of Sirmione, which occupies one of the most beautiful shores of Lake Garda, is traditionally considered the property of the poet.

Discover the attractions of Sirmione!

What are the most beautiful sights to see in Sirmione? Below we have selected the main attractions that you can discover in one of the most beautiful places on Lake Garda.

The beaches of Sirmione

The so-called Jamaica Beach is one of the most famous beaches of Sirmione, where you almost feel like you are on the sea. Other beaches worth visiting are Spiaggia delle Muse, just below the castle and the exclusive Lido delle Bionde, Santa Maria di Lugana and Spiaggia Brema, while Spiaggia Galeazzi is a paradise for sports enthusiasts where you can rent windsurfs, pedal boats and canoes.

The caves of Catullus

The Grotto of Catullus is a Roman villa, the oldest part of which dates back to the first century AD. Before the excavation of this huge archaeological complex, the ruins of the villa, covered by dense vegetation, appeared in the form of caves, which according to an ancient tradition are attributed to the Roman poet Gaius Quintus Valerius Catullus.

The caves can be reached on foot from the historic center, walking along Via Caio Valerio Catullo. Visit the museum, the cryptoporticus, the swimming pool, the cistern and the olive grove before going to the Aula dei Giganti and the great Pilone, the two best preserved areas of the entire complex.

Jamaica Beach, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

The beach Jamaica Beach in Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy.

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Grotte di Catullo, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

Grotte di Catullo at the end of the peninsula of Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy.

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The Castello Scaligero

The Scaliger Castle is one of the best preserved fortified buildings in Italy. Built around the middle of the 13th century during the time of the Scaligeri, a dynasty that ruled for 125 years the City of Verona ruled, it is surrounded on all four sides by the waters of the lake. On the castle tower you can enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Garda.

The Grottoes of Catullus
The Grotto of Catullus is a Roman villa, the oldest part of which dates back to the first century AD. Before the excavation of this huge archaeological complex, the ruins of the villa, covered by dense vegetation, appeared in the form of caves, which according to an ancient tradition are attributed to Gaius Valerius Catullus. The caves can be reached on foot from the historic center of Sirmione, walking along Via Caio Valerio Catullo.

Visit the museum, the cryptoporticus, the swimming pool, the cistern and the olive grove before going to the Aula dei Giganti and the great Pilone, the two best preserved areas of the entire complex.

The Callas Palace

The beautiful lemon yellow villa that looks out between the dark green trees of Via Catullo in the heart of the peninsula was for years the summer residence of Maria Callas’ husband and here the singer stayed whenever she had the opportunity, away from the limelight and close to Verona, with the famous Arena.

Castello Scaligero, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

The Castello Scaligero at the entrance to the town of Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy.

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Palazzo Callas, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

The Palazzo Callas in Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy.

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The Isola Borghese Cavazza and the Isola San Biagio

The island of Lake Garda, Isola del Garda or Isola Borhese Cavazza on the other hand, is a beautiful private island. You can visit this island and admire the English and Italian gardens and three of the rooms inside the magnificent neo-Gothic Venetian style villa on the island.

The island of San Biagio or Isola dei Conigli, also called “Island of the Rabbits” because of the many rabbits that live there, is a small island with lush vegetation.

Isola Borghese Cavazza, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

The private island Isola Borghese Cavazza with the neo-Gothic villa can be visited. Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

Isola San Biagio, Isola dei Conigli, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy

Isola San Biagio also called Isola dei Conigli is located near Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

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