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A Holiday on Lake Garda

Lake Garda enchants visitors at a single glance with its intense and vibrant colours: the grey-green of olive tree leaves, the crystal clear azure blue of the sky, the blazing yellow of lemons, the blue of water and the pink-red shades of sunsets poised on the horizon.

Choosing this corner of Italy to spend your holiday in means to uncover the hidden beauty of small ancient hamlets on the lakeshores. It is to be found in the history of Sirmione with Catullo’s caves (Catullus’s caves), in the magnificence of a castle overlooking the lake or in a poet’s villa, which has now become a museum.

It also lies in the magic experience of reaching Punta San Vigilio on foot, sitting at the tables along the small harbour for an aperitif and watching fishermen coming back to shore or leaving for night fishing. It consists of a boat trip with the blowing of the wind and the emotion of navigation, or of visiting all hamlets and little towns you see in the distance.

Cities

This hidden beauty also means the possibility of visiting two cities rich in history, art and culture: Verona and Venice. Verona enchants with its Arena, the Roman Theatre, the Castelvecchio castle, the legend of Romeo and Juliet, the stone bridge Ponte Pietra, the Cathedral, the church of San Zeno and its promenades along the Adige River.

Amazingly poising between air and water, Venice never fails to fascinate with the St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Canal Grande and the Giudecca, the Murano and Burano islands (well known for glass blowing, laces and colourful houses) and the elegant “gondole” slowly drifting along the canals.

Seasons and the Lake

If you experience Lake Garda in springtime and summertime, you can move among cycle paths and shores (both crowded and most secluded), taste lake fish for lunch or dinner, enjoy parties and music events on many squares, multi-coloured markets and fireworks reflecting on the water.

Shrouded in the first romantic mist, in the autumn the lake’s life is characterized by slow rhythms, colourful leaves, moments of silence while walking in quite empty hamlets as well as by the vintage in Valpolicella with its cellars pervaded by the scent of the wine.

In the winter, you will learn to love the most unusual side of the lake: enjoy moments of solitude, fisher boats resting in the harbour, the first Christmas lights and markets that liven up hamlets and small towns – and sometimes you will happen to be amazed by the snow-covered lake’s landscape, too.

Nature

Living Lake Garda means walking with stunning views during a mountain hike, when you reach the top and admire the most beautiful side these lands can show. It also means listening to what paths, flowers and plants of Mount Baldo disclose to those who walk along its ways. Here mountains, hills, vineyards and the lake coexist.

This is the peculiarity of a territory, which blends three regions that are geographically close but extremely different from each other. A territory that generously discloses its stories, its culture and its wine-and-food traditions to you.

Here you will get to know Lake Garda as a joyful place to come back to.

Living the Lake: what to do, what to see, where to go (in every season)

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