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15 Best places to visit on Lake Garda

Have you decided to give yourself some days off? And as a destination, have you chosen Lake Garda? Good, best choice! In this article I have listed 15 best places to visit on Lake Garda.

You will surely have realized that the lake is very big. To be precise, with a surface of 370 km2, it is the biggest one of Italy. In fact, writing this list of 15 places to visit on lake Garda was a challenge. Its shores belong to three different regions: Lombardia, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige. They are inhabited since the Bronze Age and they bring traces of the different dominions throughout history. In fact, the lake was called Benàco, from bennacus, a Celtic term which reminds the geographic configuration of the lake: “with many promontories” or “horned”. Later, from the VIII century, it took the name of Garda, as the evolution of the Germanic word “warda”, “place of guard”.

In the XIII century the presence of Della Scala family on the territory is even now visible. Thanks to the different castles built on the shores of the strategic points of the lake. With no doubts is the domination of the Serenissima Republic of Venice to have left a lasting trace.

It is curious to know that the lake has 25 tributaries, among them the Aril, the shortest river of the world, long just 175 metres. The only emissary is the River Mincio. Due to its vastness, it presents different landscapes according to the various zones and many things to do and to see. 

WHAT TO VISIT ON LAKE GARDA AND HOW

Let’s dive into the discovery of the 15 places to visit on lake Garda. Among its shores countless interesting cities and villages with majestic castles stand out. Panoramic points with the view on the lake do not miss. They can be reached through walking or cycling routes. The beaches of Lake Garda are ideal for a relaxing break and a bath, but also for a beautiful promenade and different water sports. How to forget the parks on the Veronese shore, an area for the entertainment of everyone, adults and children. Lake Garda is also full of splendid SPA&Resorts, for those who are dreaming about a luxury staying.

However, how is it possible to reach all of them? It is usually said that the best option to choose to easily discover the most hidden places is the car. Anyway, not for me!

Renting a scooter, or a vespa, is so underrated. Could you imagine driving anywhere without worrying about the parking places? The scooter is simply the best. You will never have to think about that. The perfect activity for couples on lake Garda.

So, an embarrassment of richness, but do not worry! In this guide, you will find 15 places to visit on Lake Garda, a selection of places that you cannot absolutely miss.

1. VITTORIALE DEGLI ITALIANI
2. PUNTA SAN VIGILIO
3. RIVA DEL GARDA
4. MONTE BALDO
5. SIRMIONE
6. LIMONE DEL GARDA
7. ISOLA DEL GARDA
8. GARDALAND
9. CANEVA WORLD
10. ROCCA DI GARDA
11. BORGHETTO – SIGURTÀ
12. MARMITTE DEI GIGANTI – TORBOLE
13. TIBETAN BRIDGE OF TORRI – SAN ZENO
14. ROCCA DI MANERBA
15. LIMONAIA DI PRA DELA FAM OF PORTO TIGNALE

15 places to visit on Lake Garda
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1. VITTORIALE DEGLI ITALIANI

In the list of the 15 best places to visit you couldn’t miss the Vittoriale degli Italiani, on the west shore, in Gardone Riviera. The west coast is one of the prettiest part of Lake Garda, also thanks to places like this museum. The structure was erected at the behest of Gabriele D’Annunzio from 1921. Different buildings, an open-air theatre and wonderful gardens compose it.

It was transformed in a house-museum of the famous poet of the Foundation of the Vittoriale. It is committed to tell his life, his endeavour, his works and his irrepressible love for the life.

Only visiting the big monumental building, it is possible to understand how complex and fascinating the personality of Gabriele D’Annunzio was. Think that during the visit of the house you will cross the Mascheraio Room. It was reserved exclusively for the unpleasant hosts who D’Annunzio kept waiting for hours before receiving them.

In the building, born after the genius of this big man together with his friend architect Maroni, different war relics are exposed. Among these, the most original are the personalized two-seater airplane and the antisubmarine motorboat.

The Vittoriale degli Italiani deserves to be mentioned in the list of the unusual things to do on lake Garda! Where else could you see a giant boat in the middle of a garden?

Among the activities for couples on lake Garda, a stroll thorugh these exuberant gardens is one of my favourite. Inside them the majestic open-air theatre is located, which was projected on the example of the Roman theatre of Pompei. Nowadays, the theatre hosts concerts and shows of international artists during summer months. Also Johnny Depp played there!


Garda
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2. PUNTA SAN VIGILIO

The second of the 15 best places to visit on Lake Garda is the peninsula Punta San Vigilio. One of the most romantic places of all the lake, Punta San Vigilio is a little unmissable jewel. The peninsula is an oasis of calm with a magic atmosphere, whose beauty is famous all over the world. Not by chance, it hosted big celebrities looking for stillness and tranquillity. Among these, we can list Napoleone, Alessandro II the Zar, Winston Churchill, the director Laurence Olivier and the King Charles of England.

Also, the poet Goethe, stricken during his journey in Italy, talked about its beauty. He wrote, “How much I would like that my friends were for a moment near me and could enjoy the view in front of me”. 

You could reach easily Punta San Vigilio by foot from Garda following the lakeshore or by car taking Gardesana street. The peninsula is the private property of the Guarienti family of Brenzone, but it is anyway possible to access.

Proceeding through the cobblestones and crossing a small entrance arch, you will find in front of the small harbour. The access is set off from a gravestone with an inscription, which invites to leave every anxiety before entering. Once there a wonderful view on Salò gulf and Manerba fortress will open in front of your eyes.

To enjoy the wonderful show, you could stop for a short break at the tavern, a small and cozy bar and restaurant. It is located just up against the porticciolo. On the peninsula, it is also possible to pass an elegant and romantic night at the hotel attached to the villa. If you want to surprise your beloved, this activity for couples on lake Garda can be the trump card!

Another pearl of Punta San Vigilio is the not so far from the Mermaids Bay, a little beach immersed among the olives with crystal war. Surely one of the hidden gems to visit on Lake Garda.

The best moment to visit Punta San Vigilio? Definitely at sunset, for a walk through this Romanic scenery or an aperitif with a view on the spectacular landscape.


Riva del Garda
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3. RIVA DEL GARDA

Riva del Garda is the second biggest city of Lake Garda and lies North, set along the Trent shore and the Dolomites. Unmissable a visit at the small historic centre with the numerous picturesque streets, which leads to 3rd November Square. Here, at the oriental angle, the Apponale Tower stands out with on top the small angel wind vane “Anzolim”, symbol of the city. With its 34 metres high, it offers a breath-taking view on the lake. But only if you get in the 170 steps, which lead to the top!

For the lovers of history (but not only) the places not to be missed are two. The first the Bastione, the stoned fortress which stands above the city. It can be reached through a 15/20 minutes walking from the historic centre or the new panoramic lift. Secondly, the Mag, Museo Alto Garda, situated in an ancient medieval castle known as the “Rocca”. The museum tells with archaeological and painted finds the life around the lake in the past. The rooms of the castle often host temporary exhibitions. 

Are you passionate of trekking and walks? For a stroll in the nature, the Varone Waterfalls park will amaze you with caves and spectacular waterfalls.

Another possible walk starting from Riva is the one to the Tenno Canal, a small medieval village included among the most beautiful Villages in Italy. Nearby the homonymous famous lake with its turquoise colour of the water is located. The village is also the point of departure of different trekking excursions. For example, the one to San Pietro’s refuge or the Gardatrek.

To reach Riva del Garda without facing the traffic on the street the best option is to take a ferryboat. Each town around Lake Garda has its tickets office at the main harbour, called “Navigarda – Navigazione Lago di Garda”. You have just to go there twenty minutes before the departure time and buy your tickets!

The waters of Riva del Garda are the ideal place for sailing excursions or snorkelling sessions. Whereas the near Torbole, thanks to its daily winds, allows to practice kitesurf and windsurf.

For the people who love discovering the territories of the lake by bike, we suggest the Ponale street, which connects Riva del Garda to Ledro Valley. A wonderful panoramic route, walkable also by foot, will gift you suggestive glimpses and breath-taking landscapes.

I hope my list of the 15 places to visit on lake Garda has been interesting so far. Continue reading the article to discover my next suggestions!


15 places to visit on Lake Garda
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4. MONTE BALDO

My list of the 15 places to visit on Lake Garda continues with the most famous mount of this area, Monte Baldo.

We have already met the Monte Baldo in the article “10 Unusual things to do on Lake Garda“. The Monte Baldo is the western most elevation of the Venetian Pre-Alps. It lies in fact for three quarters in the Veronese territory and for the rest in the Trentine territory. A solid mountainous unique and proud, as its name, which extends for more than 30km narrowed between the Adige Valley and Lake Garda. Thanks to the lack of presence of man in the area, the territory was pure. This favoured the development of different species of plants and flowers.

The mountain, other than having a high naturalistic interest, offers the opportunity to carry out countless outdoor activities. From hiking to mountain bike, to riding, without forgetting the free flight. For this reason, it is unmissable among the 15 things to visit at Lake Garda.

In fact, from the top of the mountain it is possible to descend by paraglider and enjoy the wonderful view. The same view that numerous birds of prey of this area are lucky to see every day.

If you are not so adventurous and sporty, but you anyway want to admire the most beautiful panorama of Lake Garda, do not worry. From Malcesine the 360° Monte Baldo cable car leaves, which with a panoramic climb back up will allow you to reach the summit. We suggest you go there in a clear day to totally appreciate the view on the entire lake, which extends beyond the Morenic hills up to the Padana Plain. If you are looking for some things to do on lake Garda for families, your children will surely appreciate this adventure!

Returning from Monte Baldo take you a bit of time for a visit at the beautiful Malcesine. The small village of medieval origin extends with alleys and little squares at the foot of the imposing Scaligero Castle. Moreover, from Malcesine many trails and itineraries for excursions by foot on the Mount of all the difficulties begin, from easy promenades until more demanding trekking.

To better discover all the beauties of Mount Baldo, do a visit to the museum of natural history of the castle of Malcesine. You will find attentive descriptions and reproductions of flora and fauna of the area.

Looking for a way to visit Monte Baldo on your own, climbing the less crowded paths and discovering the hidden side of the famous mountain?

With the itinerary created by Motoragazzi you can do it on board a typical red Vespa!

The itinerary starts from Peschiera and goes through smaller and less busy roads that cross the wonderful Adige Valley. During the tour you can visit the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona, the church in the rock suspended between heaven and earth. You will climb Mount Baldo up to the height of 1500 meters where you can admire a breathtaking view of Lake Garda and have lunch with authentic Trentino dishes at a special price. You can also add to the tour a visit and tasting at a local winery.

Book your tour and discover the most beautiful places on Monte Baldo!


15 places to visit on Lake Garda
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5. SIRMIONE

Sirmione is a narrowed strip of land which divides the Brescian side of the lake from the Venetian one. This peninsula offers breath taking panoramas and a rich historical and artistical heritage. It is one of the best towns of Lake Garda, but also the most touristic one… It is impossibile to have never ever seen a picture of its marvellous Rocca, or the spectacular Jamaica Beach. By the way, I think we can all agree that the last one is also the most beautiful beach of Lake Garda!

As you may have noticed, Sirmione hides so many treasures. The first thing which will catch your attention at the entrance of Sirmione is the Scaligero Castle. With its crenelated towers, the keep and the powerful walls it will seem you that it floats on the water in a surreal way. It is surrounded from the lake. It is possible to visit it and access to the communication trenches from where you can enjoy this magnifique landscape. Even if the best way to admire it in all its majesty is by the lake, doing a boat tour of the peninsula.

Once you overcame the castle, the vivant town centre opens in front of you. We suggest a promenade among the narrowed stone streets to capture romantic shutter clicks. Here you will find different small shops of handmade products and typical restaurants. Be ready to discover suggestive glimpses and unforgettable panoramas.

The peninsula is known at international level for the curative properties of its thermal waters. Give yourself a bit of relax and an afternoon of relaxation at the thermal centre Aquaria which offers different paths and treatments for every need.

At the tip of the peninsula there is the archeologic park of Catullo’s caves. The archeologic structure contains the optimally conserved rests of a Roman domus of the I century b.C. An unmissable visit, also because it is considered one of the most relevant examples of Roman villa in Northern Italy. 

Actually, Sirmione is one of the best places on Lake Garda where to stay without a car. You will find many connections with other towns, by bus and by ferry. Driving in Sirmione, especially during summer season, it is quite a challeging adventure.


15 places to visit on Lake Garda
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6. LIMONE DEL GARDA

With its evocative name Limone del Garda is for many the city of lemons. It is a very appreciated well-known locality which arises on the Brescian shore of Lake Garda. Contrary to what many people think, you have to know that the name of the village derives from the term limen, that is border. As a matter of fact, Limone is located at the end of the Lombardian territory, before the beginning of the Trentine one.

The best way to reach Limone del Garda? With no doubts with a boat by lake. The village had been isolated for many years and was reachable only through the water. The citrus cultivation was very widespread in the place, agevolated by the mild climate of the territory. Once in the city it was possible to admire different lemon tree houses.

Currently opened to the public remains the Limonaia del Castel, where we suggest you a visit. Walking through the coloured and perfumed citrus you could discover all the secrets of this ancient tradition. This explains why walking among the streets of this wonderful village,  you will find in many shops souvenirs with lemons in different forms.

Another more curious place where to find them represented are the ceramic plaques with the civic number attached to the walls of the houses. Enjoy yourself searching them walking among the narrowed streets and the suggestive square of the ancient village.

Unmissable stage is the one at San Rocco church, a place loved both by the locals and the tourists. This panoramic point, which overlooks the lake, can be reached from the town climbing a delicious stair always adorned with plants and flowers typical of the place.

Among the last attractions realized in Limone the suspended “ciclabile” cycle way on the lake stands out. It became absolutely one of the must-do stretches. It is a woody gangway of some kilometres jutted out the lake and can be accessible both by foot or by bike. The landscape is with no doubt spectacular and it opens on the Veronese shore where you could distinguish clearly Malcesine and Monte Baldo.

If you want to conclude the visit with the thrill, the homonymous terrace in Tremosine suits you down to the ground. Nearby Limone, this panoramic point set in the rock of a plateau lies. It is easily reachable and from here you could enjoy a unique and thrilling view of the lake. Another activity for couples on lake Garda that won’t dasappoint your expectations.


Isola del Garda

7. ISOLA DEL GARDA

The wonderful Isola del Garda, the biggest between the five islands of the lake, is located on the Lombardian shore. It lies in front of San Felice del Benaco. A place where nature, art and beauty reign and bound to be inserted in our list of the 15 best places to visit on Lake Garda.

The island is famous for its enchanted charm and for the succession of historical events attached to it. The island is the property of the noble family Cavazza and hosts their residence surrounded by luxuriant gardens and a small naturalistic park. For this reason, it is possible to reach and see the island just with the guided tours which are organized. On the island, the family is always well-disposed and glad to welcome the visitors to tell them the story of this enchanted place.

It was inhabited since the Roman Epoch and passed from being a dock for the pirates to a place for monks’ prayers. Many important people throughout history have been hosted here. Saint Francesco of Assisi founded here the Franciscan community and Saint Antonio from Padua retired here praying. During his stay, Dante Alighieri remained so stricken that he mentioned the island in one poem of the Divine Comedy. Isola del Garda was then claimed by Napoleon Bonaparte and Mussolini, which made it the dwelling of his grandson. Only after the Second World War the island came back to the Cavazza family.

Approaching this breath-taking island by boat, it will surely be clear to you why so many wanted to “have” this island for their own!

Crossing among the crystalline waters of the lake observing the wonderful landscape. Arriving to the small port you will find in front of the imposing villa with a neogothic style, rich in surprising architectural particulars. The guide will lead you among the rooms of the residence where you could appreciate the fine and elegant furniture. You could also admire the beautiful XVII century canvas of Carlo Carloni.

During the guided tour you will also have time to stop sipping an aperitif in the terrace, an experience with a unique view. Two bloomy gardens surround the residence. The rest of the island is covered by a luxuriant forest with small rocky caves and sculptures, were a magic and fairy atmosphere reign.


Gardaland
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8. GARDALAND

Even thought it is not a village Gardaland surely is one of the 15 best places to visit on Lake Garda. In fact, people from all over Italy and Europe visit this park at least once!

Gardaland is one of the biggest amusement parks in Italy, visited in 2019 from almost 3 million people. It is located in locality Ronchi, in the municipality of Castelnuovo del Garda, almost overlooking the lake. A park where adults and children can spend one or more days dedicated to the entertainment. It is curious the fact that the park is crossed by the Dugale stream, a natural tributary of the lake. The perfect choice among the things to do on lake Garda for families! Think that in 2005 Forbes magazine put it at the 5th place among the amusement parks at a global level!

What is at this point the only thing that both adults and children love and misses in Gardaland? The animals. That is why, just 4 years after the addition of the hotel, to complete the idea “Resort of the entertainment” the Sealife Aquarium arrives. And also here the record couldn’t miss: it is the first Italian aquarium entirely thematized.

And we arrive today, with the last big news: the first Legoland Water Park in Europe! The play with the worldliest famous little bricks becomes the central theme of this new area of the park (15 thousand square meter extra). With interactive water sports, coloured slides and lots of entertainment, you will never go away. As you can see, the things to do on lake Garda for families are countless.


Caneva

9. CANEVA WORLD

The world of amusements Caneva is located in the Municipality of Lazise, on the eastern coast of Lake Garda, nearby Gardaland park. Caneva world is composed by an amusement park about cinema, Movieland, a water park, Caneva Aquapark as well as three themed restaurants.

It is in the 80 and 90 years, when the first slides were installed, that Caneva began to be a real water park.

In 1996 it was transformed in a thematised park taking inspiration from the USA parks. So, Caneva Acqua Paradise was born. The theme chosen, “Caraibic island” was realized inserting big green places, palms and wood. They make the atmosphere exotic substituting the metal structures.

The following year the restaurant-show “Medieval Times” was opened unique in its genre. As a matter of fact, during a characteristic medieval dinner  the commensals can attend a fascinating show. The actors with realistic costumes and armours perform valorous chevaliers, princesses and swordsman in a tournament with horses. An ideal place to spend an out-of-the-ordinary night!

Since 2002 the realisation of Movieland, the park dedicated to the cinema, started.

At the beginning it was opened with just an attraction. Whereas now it counts more than 20 ones, unique in the world and many of them of pure adrenaline. The most iconic, visible from outside of the park, is Diabolik, the first big Rollercoaster Invertigo in Italy.

Movieland proposes a suggestive and realistic Hollywood-style setting to make every visitor feel actor and protagonist of incredible adventures for a day. Moreover, inside the park 10 shows occur, with magnificent sceneries, artists and exceptional costumes. 


Rocca di Garda
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10. ROCCA DI GARDA

Another place not to miss among the 15 places to visit on Lake Garda is the Rocca di Garda. The mountainous relief overlooking the waters of the lake often protagonist of the photos of the lakeshore panorama.  It stands out South of the city of Garda, at the border with the municipality of Bardolino.

The Rocca was the location of the ancient Longobard fortress, from which the name of the city of Garda derives (from the Germanic Warda, fortress). After its golden period the fortress was destroyed and now just some relics of the walls remain. These last are visible along the trail which from the Saint George’s Retreat leads to the summit of the Rocca.

A walk which we strongly suggest you do, which allows to reach the top and enjoy a spectacular view on the lake. The path, accessible both by foot and by bike for the more trained, winds among woods and olive trees. It leads you in two hours to the summit. Even though it has some stretches slightly steep during the climbing, it offers some unique glimpses on the lake. Then the view, once on the top, pays back the effort.

Also the small town of Garda, which gives the name to the entire Lake, is worth a visit. Ancient medieval village, it collects in the historic centre, made of streets, small jewels not to be missed. Among these, the Pieve of Garda, one of the most ancient in the area, conserves the beautiful cloister with the arcade of the XV century. You find it accessing from a small door on the right side of the Saint Maria Maggiore church.


15 things to visit on Lake Garda
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11. BORGHETTO – SIGURTA’

One of the most enchanted villages in Italy is for sure Borghetto sul Mincio. In fact, I had no doubts about adding it to my list of “15 places to visit on Lake Garda”. It is a hamlet of the near Valeggio, in the valley of the Morenic Hills. This small village, built on the shores of River Mincio, can enchant the visitor since the beginning, thanks to its ancient medieval fortifications. History and landscape are what made this place so interesting to deserve the insertion in the Club of the most Beautiful Villages of Italy.

Many places to visit in this tiny village!

In this place, you can feel the harmony between the past and the surrounding nature. In its centre you find a characteristic bell tower and some beautiful water mills. The town might be small, but its position made it even worthy to build an imposing construction. Known as the Visconteo Bridge with the extraordinary fortified dam next to it. This last one was built in 1393 at the behest of Gian Galeazzo Visconti to guarantee the impenetrability of the oriental borders of the dukedom. The “Long Bridge” instead, with its 650 metres of high crenelated curtains, connects with the famous Scaligero Castle. It messed up the local topography, closed off forever the river to the navigation and modified the flow.

A destination, the one of Borghetto, much popular, especially for the lovers of the bike. The town can be reached coming from Peschiera or Mantova, especially coasting the river, enjoying the peace and the greenery surrounding. A funny thing to do on lake Garda for families!

An interesting curiosity is the name of Borghetto, which derives from its toponym and means “fortified settlement”.  As a testimony, we can mention the first settlement of local historical relevance, which dates back the Longobard period.

Borghetto sul Mincio is a magic place, where the time seems to have stopped, among water mills, ancient walls and bloomy gardens. And as regards this, if you are here, you cannot miss a tour inside the big Parco Giardino Sigurtà. It is a botanic area which in 2017 won the prize as “Second most beautiful Botanic Garden of Europe”. Recently, the “World Tulip Award 2019” and “Best worldly Attraction 2020”.

So,  a place where you can relax on grass fields surrounded by colored flowerings. From the famous tulips until the nymphaea of the central ponds. Alone, in couple, with family or with friends, the Parco Giardino Sigurtà gifts moments not to be forgotten.


MARMITTE DEI GIGANTI
Credits: Luisella Pala

12. MARMITTE DEI GIGANTI – TORBOLE

Are you looking for unusual things to do on lake Garda? If you are traversing the panoramic street of the lake which connects Nago to Torbole, the Marmitte dei Giganti are an unmissable deviation.

From Nago

If you leave behind the main street and you traverse a short dirt track, you can easily reach this particular place. In front of you a totally unique landscape will open, many people compare it to the lunar one. Big cavities with a diameter of 4-5 meters and depth up to 15 meters seem to be appeared in that place in mysterious ways.

For a long time, without knowing which was their origin, it was told that they were realized from some giants, from here the nice name. Really, these characteristic rocky walls are some wells of glacial origin. They shaped with the erosion of the water that after the fusion of the glacier flew whirling into the crevices dragging the smashed rock. In the area the melting of the ices created many others natural monuments to be admired, such as the glacial hop, the striped rocks.

From Torbole

Another way to reach the Marmites of the Giants is through a 30-40 minutes’ walk leaving from the centre of Torbole. The panoramic track winds among the olive trees and it is easy to be traversed. Glimpses on the lake to be immortalized for their beauty do not miss.

If you are going to see them, remember to bring with you a torch because there is also a walkable tunnel. This particular place, long about 15 meters, was inhabited in the prehistoric epoch, as different findings of arrows and ceramics testify.

Moreover, on one of the rocky walls an iron stair has been installed and allows to reach the top. Once you reach it, you could admire a wonderful view on Lake Garda, on the last stretch of Sarca River and on Brione Mount. Although not so much visited, these glacial wells are among the most renowned of all the Alps chain.


15 places to visit on Lake Garda
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13. TIBETAN BRIDGE OF TORRI – SAN ZENO

The Tibetan Bridge of Torri del Benaco is a particular attraction that we wanted to insert in the list of the 15 things to visit. Long 34 meters and placed at a height of 45, it was inaugurated in 2019. The view of the lake from the bridge is very suggestive, in the clear days you can distinguish Malcesine, Riva del Garda and Torbole.

It is easily reachable through a hiking path. The bridge is suspended on a profound cliff and connects the localities of Crero and Pai di Sopra.

How to reach the bridge? Depends on the side from which you will arrive. In the next few lines we will explain you both ways.

Leaving from the small village of Crero, hamlet of the municipality of Torri del Benaco, the walk winds among woods and olive trees. Offering marvelous glimpses on the lake.

Once reached the small town of Pai, enjoy a stroll in the main square and in the streets of the city centre. The most ancient nucleus of the town is castled on the side of Mount Baldo. It still presents the relics of ancient fortifications which date back to the X century.

For an exceptional view on the lake, climb up to the panoramic terrace near Saint Marco Church. From the balcony you could admire a wonderful panorama.

To reach the Tibetan Bridge there are many variants, also longer than the trail. Continuing the promenade among the medieval villages it is even possible to reach San Zeno di Montagna. San Zeno is characterized by a particular urban structure, since it is built up different districts connected by the provincial road. Placed at the slopes of the Mount Baldo, San Zeno is the adapted place for excursions in the nature, outdoor activities and different kinds of sport.

If you love the adventure you cannot lose the Jungle Adventure Park. A leader adventure park in Italy which proposes 6 paths with different grades of difficulties. Sign this up on your list of things to do on lake Garda for families!

So, my list of the 15 best places to visit on Lake Garda has almost come to an end. Curious about the last two places to visit?


15 places to visit on Lake Garda
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14. ROCCA DI MANERBA

The Rocca and Stone of Manerba Natural Reserve is a real paradise for those in love with nature, outdoor life, and history. A masterpiece taht couldn’t miss in the list of 15 places to visit on lake Garda.

The reserve consists of a relatively circumscribed space, where different paths can be traversed. They are all well signalized. Strolling among the colors and the perfumes of this regenerating environment  will seem you to be in an almost fairy-tale place. Plants which belong to different climates enclosed in a very unique variety of vegetal species, overlooking the sweet waters of lake Garda.

With its 84.8 hectares of body of water and 116,2 hectares of coastal territory, the big Parco Lacuale di Manerba del Garda is really breath-taking. It’s a safeguarded area, very rare in Europe and unique in Italy, suitable to preserve both the aquatic and earthly biodiversity.

The Rocca and Stone of Manerba naturalistic Reserve, the Mount King walls and the agrarian areas between Montinelle and Saint George constitute the terrestrial slope. Protected waters, instead, are the ones included between Porto Dusano and Pisenze.

The Museum

Along the climbing which leads to the summit of the Rocca, the archeological museum is located. A luminous structure, developed on two levels, enhances the archeological realities, the landscape and naturalistic aspects of the surrounding environmen


15 places to visit on Lake Garda

15. LIMONAIA DI PRA DELA FAM OF PORTO TIGNALE

The Lemon house Pra dela Fam is part of the Eco museum of the lemon houses in Garda. It is a cultural institution created in 2011 at the Municipality of Tignale. It is a project which deals with the development of the local communities and of the safeguard of the historical, cultural and natural heritage. The goal of the Eco museum is to document, conserve and valorize the historical memory of the territory. This project includes six small villages: Aer, Gardola, Oldesio, Olzano, Piovere and Prabione.

The Limonaia Pra dela Fam is part of the route of the local traditions. Visiting it, you could see and discover the productive methods of the citrus cultivation used in the past. As a matter of fact, the lemon house has been transformed in a museum after important restorations. It was again made productive respecting the ancient traditions of the master gardeners of a time.

Many things and activities to do, and so we could not finish our list about the 15 places to visit on Lake Garda without this characteristic Limonaia.

The greenhouse of Pra dela Fam was presumably realized to protect the plants from the freezing temperatures of the North. Thick stoned walls and a wooden roof for the winter compose it. A tank for the water collection and the canals for the irrigation, typical elements of the various lemon houses of Garda, do not miss.

For several years the Brescian shore of the lake, from Salò to Limone has been famous as the place for the northernmost citrus cultivation in the world.

Thanks to the interventions of restauration, the Limonaia Pra dela Fam is today one of the few lemon houses accessible and functioning. It welcomes every year numerous visitors. The eco museum of the Lemon House is open in Spring and in Summer. The guided tour allows you to discover this ancient and important tradition among inebriating perfumes and bright colors of the different citrus produced here. To end with a bang: a tasting of the products realized with the fruits of the lemon house. Lemons salted and flavored, bitter orange marmalade, limoncino and citrus oil.

How to visit all these 15 places to visit on Lake Garda?

Rent a Vespa and discover the best of Lake Garda in a day with Motoragazzi

Getting around on two wheels is a practical and quick way to move around and reach all the most beautiful places of the lake on both sides.

Following this tour you can take the most beautiful and panoramic roads of the entire Lake Garda stopping in the villages on lake you prefer. Included in the tour, ferry trip from one shore to another discounted. For each village you will find information on what to see and what to do. In the tour you can include a stop for lunch in a typical restaurant where you can enjoy traditional plates or to buy local products at discounted prices.

I hope that this list of the 15 best places to visit on Lake Garda will help you choosing the where to go during your stay! Many other things remain to be discovered. We accept suggestions from everyone on all the new places to add to the list, the lake has always some hidden news!

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