The idyllic towns that surround the Lake are rich in Italian history and diverse in what they offer! This romantic destination has something for everyone.

You can easily visit the different towns around the Lake by ‘Ferryboats’ arriving and departing from the port, or alternatively by bus. Several Italy tour operators also offer organised private/group trips in this region.

Cities such as Verona, Venice and Milan can be visited by train. They may also be reached by car or bus; however this may take a lot longer!


1. Peschiera del Garda

Peschiera Lake Garda

Personally, one of my favourite places to visit in Italy is Peschiera del Garda.

Having stayed in this picturesque town several times, the beautiful streets and authentic Italian atmosphere never fails to amaze me.  Wandering through the quaint town filled with restaurants and shops, it seems the perfect place to grab a ‘gelato’  and lookout onto the vibrant blue Lake.

If planning to stay in Peschiera, I would highly recommend the Enjoy Garda hotel. This is located a short walk away from both the train station and the port. This central location is also advantageous for those looking to visit the ‘Gardaland’ theme park. 

If you’re looking for something exciting to do, Gardaland theme park is definitely worth a visit! With attractions suitable for all ages this animated resort can add some excitement to your trip. The park can be easily reached as regular free buses run to and from the Peschiera train station.

When visiting Lake Garda you may also wish to visit the ‘Lakeside markets’. Different towns host markets on different days of the week. These outside vendors sell a range of products from food, to accessories to kitchen apparatus!

It is worth finding out which day the market visits each town when you arrive in Lake Garda, as you are sure to find something to take home!


2. Sirmione


If history is your thing, Sirmione may be the place for you!

Made popular by writers and artists – such as Catullo- who have admired the beauty of this town in their works, Sirmione is perhaps one of the most popular places to visit in Lake Garda.

As well as being rich in history, this is another town in which water sports are readily on offer – again showing that Lake Garda has something for everyone!

Desenzano del Garda is perhaps the best location around the Lake for nightlife – with numerous restaurants and bars. Centring around the Malvezzi Square, the town is also rich in history, and the when visiting the Castle you can get amazing views over the Lake!


3. Other Towns

Bardolino, Lazise and Desenzano del Garda

Other towns around the Lake which you may wish to visit are: Bardolino, Lazise, Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda.

Bardolino is probably most famous for its wine – something you will see lots of when you visit! The town is home to many festivals that celebrate the famous wine, usually in the later months of the year.

Lazise is particularly well-known for its association with agriculture, and within the countryside many campsites have been set-up. Also, this is a particularly good destination if you wish to take part in sports on the Lake, or go on excursions by foot or bicycle! 


By Catriona Kidd