Garda is Italy’s largest lake and probably its best known. It has been the holiday destination of the rich and famous for years. Everyone from Clooney to Churchill to Goethe have stayed here. And it is somewhere everyone should visit at least once in their life.
Cool in the summer and mild in the winter, Garda is a great destination for those who enjoy their summer holidays without the extreme temperatures. The lake has formed a microclimate around itself, best described as sub-Meditteranean. The area also has an evocative mild lemon scent that wafts from local groves.
But enough of the weather, it is the sights that really matter. Lake Garda doesn't disappoint with its clear and stunningly blue H2O. Open water swimmers will love the ability to dive in almost anywhere. Others can just enjoy a casual boat trip or official tour to take in the magnificence of the entire lake. The region is one large beauty spot with plenty of places to camp and picnic for those who can't afford one of the expensive villas.
What sets Lake Garda further apart is the array of things to see and do away from the shore. Choose between Botanical Gardens, The Rocca Fortress, or a tour of the Grotta Tanella cave to see superb stalagmites.
Each of the villages around the lake are well worth a visit and offer their own unique character. Large cities are also easily accessible including Brescia, Milan or Verona. Connoisseurs of the grape should definitely visit Bardolino, especially around the time of its late summer wine festival where you can taste this famous vintage at source.