The Italian Lakes

Towns and Villages of The Italian Lakes

Gargnano

This popular lakeside resort found fame (or infamy) as Mussolini’s refuge, now it’s known for its variety of shops and restaurants set against an attractive mountain backdrop.

Limone

Located at the foot of the dramatic mountains to the North West of Lake Garda and set amongst acres of lemon and olive groves, this really is a very pretty village. Take a wander through its narrow cobbled streets and admire the old-fashioned cottages with their beautiful flowers.

Riva del Garda

Riva del Garda

This elegant resort has been welcoming visitors for over one hundred years and has many fine buildings and hotels, including the Rocca fortress. Enjoy a stroll through the public gardens or tuck into pizza and ice cream at the waterfront restaurants. The resort is also well known as one of Garda’s best watersports centres.

Salò

This lovely medieval town, positioned on one of Garda’s bays, is a great place to stock up on local produce and the starting point for boat trips across the lake.

Malcesine

This colourful little fishing village is ideal for an evening stroll through the winding streets or a cable car ride up Monte Baldo to catch the sunset. But if that sounds a little tame, then we suggest you get on your bike – and hit the well marked trails.

Garda Town

Garda Town

Once a fishing village, this is now a busy resort with pots of charm and plenty to explore before heading for the Punta San Vigilio and the beach to relax and soak up some sun.

Bergamo

A city in two parts, connected by a funicular. Jump on board and ride to the top where you’ll find great views and the best of the sights.

Peschiera del Garda

The main attraction of this peaceful town is its ancient fortress, but we’d advise that you put some time aside for the artworks within the sanctuary of the Madonna del Frassino, which are just beautiful.

Desenzano del Garda

Full of life and hustle and bustle, this lakeside town still retains its beauty and charm. A great place for wandering and people watching, especially in the delightful Old Quarter.

Sirmione

This is a much visited beauty spot and spa. Set on a picturesque narrow peninsular jutting out into the lake, it has a romantic castle surrounded by water and is a popular venue for weddings. Sigh...

Venice

The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is within easy reach of the Lakes, and a trip to the Grand Canal, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Square is an absolute must. Why not treat yourself to some exquisite Murano glassware or a romantic gondala ride. Feel free to sing that song. The gondaliers really love it – honestly!