The largest Italy, the beautiful Lake Garda has attracted visitors from near and far for thousands of years. People come here to enjoy the lush microclimate that the lake and the Alpine mountain ranges to the north creates. Stroll along the banks, explore villas, towers and castles and just enjoy the calm waters and the sun, which make the lake a place of true beauty.
Wealthy Romans used to entertain large villas along the banks of Lake Garda, and poets from the classical Catullus to more modern literary giants like Alfred Lord Tennyson and Ezra Pound have all fallen head over heels in love with the stunning landscape and the blue water. Today the area remains a popular destination for holidaymakers and celebrities alike seeking an idyllic Italian escape.
The narrow peninsula of Sirmione cuts into the aquamarine lake, and along the road that leads to the tip, you’ll pass a blend of old buildings, luxurious resorts and even an old ruin in the form of the remains of a Roman villa that overlooks the southern basin of the lake. Indulge your inner archaeologist or go for a wander through the cobbled streets where local shops and charming restaurants can be found in plentiful supply. If you’re seeking more aquatic-based adventures, then the area around Simione is perfect for a number of water sports – apart from the casual swim of course. Try flyboarding, windsurfing as well as more quiet boat tours, among other activities. Alternatively, you can also head to the nearby family-friendly water park Gardaland or relax in the thermal spas of Parco Termale del Garda and Terme di Sirmione.
Hiring a car will allow you to explore gems that lie along the lake. Head to the impressive San Martino Tower, where you can walk up the equally stunning spiral staircase, adorned with historical murals, to the very top. Take a drive through the olive groves and vineyards of Bardolino, passing by lots of pretty villages on the way. Visit the vineyard of Villa Calicantus to sample some of the local grapes, or even head for day-trips to romantic Venice or trendy Milan. A holiday along Lake Garda means that you’re never far from something delightful and fascinating.
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