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Blue waters and mountain vistas
Holidays in Lake Garda transport you to a world of dramatic mountains and crystal clear waters. The largest of the Italian lakes, Lake Garda is home to a variety of rustic harbour towns, from the architectural wonders of Riva del Garda to the breathtaking scenery of Sirmione. The area also has some of the most iconic cities in Italy right on its doorstep, with Milan, Verona and Venice being just a day trip away. It boasts something for everyone, making it an ideal location for families, couples and solo adventurers alike.
The northern tip of Lake Garda features wind ruffled waters, thanks to its breezier climate, making it the perfect location to indulge in water sports. Riva Del Garda is here in the north, where you’ll find plenty of opportunities to try your hand at windsurfing. Alternatively, head to the Southern shore to find a beautiful Mediterranean climate, with pebble beaches drenched in sun and picturesque vineyards renowned for producing world class wine.
Luxury holidays in Lake Garda promise to inspire with grand architecture, glorious cuisine and picturesque landscapes. Sit by the waterfront with a cooling Italian gelato, or opt to experience the many wine tasting opportunities and gourmet food boutiques, where Chardonnays, Sauvignons and Merlots are waiting to be savoured. Explore many of the enchanting towns which line Lake Garda’s shores, where medieval castles and lakeside promenades are to be discovered. For those wanting to enjoy pretty piazzas and interesting history, head to nearby Verona for the day, one of Italy’s most romantic cities.
You’ll find many luxury hotels at Lake Garda. Enjoy the beautiful 19th-century Hotel Villa del Sogno or The Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort, situated near the centre of Riva del Garda and boasting its own magnificent park. Alternatively, for a truly relaxing visit to Lake Garda, opt to stay at the Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort, which is set within beautifully landscaped gardens and is home to a luxurious wellness and beauty centre.
Flights to the Italian Lakes take around 2 hours from the UK.
Transfer time from Verona airport to Lake Garda is approximately 1 hour.
The Italian Lakes are at their best between April and October. June, July and August see temperatures soar to the high 20s (perfect for swimming and sunbathing), while the slightly cooler temperatures in April, May, September and October are ideal for those who want to spend a bit more time walking, cycling or sightseeing.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.