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Enchanting, romantic resort with many charming towns
Lake Garda is the eastern most and largest of the lakes stretching from the plains towards the Dolomites. Lake Garda's romantic shores have inspired poets and painters since the Roman era. The palatial hotels, exotically palm tree lined esplanades and slender cypress and lemon groves have long given this enchanting place a Mediterranean holiday feel.
Best time to visit Lake Garda
• The best time to head to the lakes is from April to October when days are brighter and sunny
• During the summer months the number of visitors rises, especially during August when most Italians go on their holidays; the lakes' water is generally warmer in July, August and September making these the prime swimming months
• There is often rainfall during the summer and nights are cooler than you might expect following hot days
• From November to March, lakeside beaches and outdoor swimming pools are not always open and the temperature can fall quite low; temperatures fall to single figures between December and February.
Lake Garda holiday highlights
Casual and laid back, the beautiful village of Gardone, which once welcomed Winston Churchill as a return visitor, is the ideal spot for a relaxing lakeside holiday. Lazy summer afternoons can be spent wandering along the charming promenade, marvelling at breathtaking scenery, visiting the vibrant Heller Botanic Gardens or exploring the village’s small historic centre.
The small town of Malcesine, located on the lake’s eastern shore, is pretty, atmospheric and charming, with a maze of medieval alleys. Guests can climb the great towers of the castle and take the cable-car to the summit of the Monte Baldo ridge, where the air is fresh and the views are far-reaching.
The perfect destination for lovers of Italian wine, the pretty town of Bardolino sits between Garda’s southeastern lakefront and the region’s famous vineyards. Every autumn the town hosts a grape and wine festival, held to celebrate the year’s harvest, which features delectable cuisine served from a myriad of food stalls, and classical and modern music concerts.
Sirmione, situated at the tip of a narrow peninsula at the southern end of the lake, is a picturesque town renowned for its thermal springs, Roman ruins, medieval narrow winding lanes and the fairytale 13th-Century castle of Rocca Scaligera.
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