[Article being updated with things to do on Valentine’s Day (events and programs) in Lake Garda for 2024]
Love – the supreme force of the Universe. Dante, despite having experienced the greatest pains of Hell, closes the Canto with an ode to “love that moves the sun and the other stars”. According to the poet, love allows us to face the impossible, giving a sense of invincibility when we are with our loved ones.
Love is celebrated every day – not just on February 14th – but Valentine’s Day is a special day for all lovers. In this article, let’s explore the things to do on Valentine’s Day in Lake Garda.
Are you ready to discover, one by one, the dreamy events and experiences on Lake Garda that can make your Valentine’s Day special? Let’s begin!
VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE SPA ♥
Let’s start with this list of things to do on Valentine’s Day in Lake Garda! It’s time to plan an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, and what better way than a relaxing and rejuvenating experience at the spa to celebrate love uniquely? This year, leave behind the traditional routine and immerse yourself in a world of pampering and well-being with your partner at the spa.
Many spas and thermal parks around Lake Garda offer special packages for couples on Valentine’s Day. Some include a relaxing massage, while others feature a delicious romantic dinner. Choose the one that suits you best and enjoy this special day in the company of your significant other.
To discover all the spas and wellness centers around Lake Garda, read our article here.
ROMANTIC DINNER ON LAKE GARDA ♥
If you prefer to stick to the classics but want to add a touch of surprise, I have just the thing for you! What could be more beautiful than a delicious romantic dinner on Lake Garda? Choose from the best Michelin-starred restaurants, restaurants with a view, and vegan restaurants that our beloved lake has to offer.
There are plenty of options for you to choose from! To tantalize your sweetheart’s taste buds, why not opt for one of the magnificent Michelin-starred restaurants on Lake Garda? You can find a list at this link. Taste the unique and unusual pairings that only some of the best chefs in Italy can offer. It will be an unforgettable evening!
Would you rather dine with a splendid view of the azure waters of Lake Garda? Choose one of the best-view restaurants from our list. Picture this – you and your partner in an intimate atmosphere with soft lighting caressing you, and on the horizon, a magnificent view of the lights of the lake. A unique experience!
And if you follow a vegan diet? Don’t worry! Here you can find a list of the best vegan restaurants on Lake Garda.
WALK TO THE HERMITAGE OF SAN VALENTINO ♥
Walking in nature offers many benefits to the body, but walking with your loved one makes the heart smile. If your common passion is trekking, what are you waiting for to plan your itinerary to the Hermitage of San Valentino?
To reach the Hermitage, I recommend starting from Sasso, just above Gargnano. And if you want to organize a romantic two-day getaway, here’s everything you can do in Gargnano!
Immerse yourself in nature, and once you reach almost 800 meters, the spectacle will be indescribable. There’s a reason they call it the lovers’ trail! The hermitage is immersed in an oasis of peace, so silent that you will be able to hear your breath. But the best is yet to come.
You can also reach Cima Comer, choosing between two options. You can either head back directly from the hermitage or resume the ascent from where you left the trail to reach the church. The first option is for experts, so if you feel more secure, opt for the second. And here, after so much effort, you will arrive at the most breathtaking balcony overlooking the entire lake.
DINNER ON A BOAT WITH NAVIGARDA ♥
[Waiting for the 2024 program] For all those who dreamed of spending Valentine’s evening with a unique dinner…this year, Navigarda has created the perfect Valentine’s Day event on the lake.
A romantic and refined dinner on the waters of the lake, aboard the motorboat Tonale, specially arranged for the occasion. Yes, for the first time, it will be possible to celebrate this special day with a 4-hour cruise on the lower Lake Garda.
Here are all the details and useful information to know before booking this exclusive dinner:
- The departure is from Garda at 7:30 PM.
- You will be welcomed on board with a welcome drink and a charming accompaniment of live music.
- At 8:00 PM, the motorboat will set sail, and you can comfortably start enjoying the special menu created for the evening. I’ll mention just a few dishes to leave you with some surprises: red hearts stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, red berry cheesecake, and Ruby chocolate hearts.
- Return by midnight, after having spent an unforgettable Valentine’s Day on the waters of Lake Garda with your significant other.
VALPOLICELLA STAY ♥
The magnificent estate Foresteria Serego Alighieri, just a few kilometers from Verona, awaits you for a romantic stay surrounded by good food and wine.
The package includes a bottle of Amarone “Vaio Amaron” upon arrival in your room. You will then enjoy a guided tour of the Possessioni Serego Alighieri with a tasting of 4 wines. A table for two will also be reserved for you at Masi Tenuta Canova. Surprise your loved one with this exclusive gastronomic experience where wines will be paired with local dishes.
VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS ON LAKE GARDA ♥
Many towns around the lake organize magnificent events every year, perfect if you are looking for things to do on Valentine’s Day on Lake Garda. Let’s explore them all together!
VALENTINE’S DAY IN PESCHIERA DEL GARDA ♥
Peschiera del Garda is ready to welcome you for the most romantic time of the year. On Saturday, February 10th, at the Civic Center Gandini, the show “La vie en rose” will take place at 8:30 PM. A production by the theatrical company I Gotturni, featuring anecdotes and songs of Edith Piaf. Admission is free, don’t miss it!
On Sunday, February 11th and 18th, celebrate Valentine’s Day to the rhythm of music in beautiful Peschiera. In Piazza Ferdinando di Savoia and Piazza Betteloni, two musical-themed areas await you for the Angoli Musicali di San Valentino event.
On Sunday, February 11th, in the beautiful location of the Padiglione degli Ufficiali, the event “PavilLOVE” awaits you from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM. The prestigious Gallery dresses in red to make your heart beat through immersive experiences of taste, smell, and artisanal products.
Are you and your loved one fans of sweets and chocolate? Don’t miss this event at the Padiglione degli Ufficiali!
From 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on the same day, in the Tasting Room of Pavillon Restaurant, you can’t miss the Choco Experience event. A chocolate lover? Immerse yourself in a sensory journey, delighting your palate with exclusive chocolate delicacies. At the cost of €30.00, discover the world of chocolate in its various expressions: spreadable creams, dark chocolate bars paired with sweet local wine, and pralines filled with surprising combinations.
VALENTINE’S DAY IN SIRMIONE ♥
Sirmione will welcome you by allowing you to enter its heart through an ancient drawbridge. The castle will be just the first of a long series of fairy-tale views that will make you live, for a day, your own story. I won’t reveal where, but at a scenic spot, you’ll come across a sign that encourages lovers to exchange a sweet kiss.
From December 8, 2023, to March 10, 2024, you can attend the magnificent exhibition Kiss Please. An homage to Lilo Marciano, the artist behind the work “Kiss Please“. At Palazzo Callas Exhibition, the works of various artists will accompany you on a captivating journey exploring the theme of love. The exhibition is open every Friday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and on weekends and holidays from 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM and from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Admission is free.
LAGO DI GARDA IN LOVE 2024♥
From February 9th to 11th, the most romantic event of the lake arrives: Lago di Garda in Love. Three days dedicated to being together with your loved one, allowing you to discover the Garda territory.
During the event, the most panoramic and suggestive corners of some villages are set up and decorated. Performances and concerts will animate the main squares, resonating with the most famous love songs of all time in many different languages. As the evening falls, spectacular light shows will make the nighttime atmosphere of the lake even more special. You can witness them while strolling hand in hand or sitting embraced on a bench.
You can find the complete list of events divided by village by continuing to read this article. Malcesine, Torri, Garda, Bardolino, and Lazise await you!
In Malcesine, Torri del Benaco, Bardolino, and Lazise, capture a magnificent selfie with the Heart of Lake Garda in Love. From Lazise to Garda, passing through Bardolino, take a stroll hand in hand with your loved one. Enjoy all the beauty of the lake along the Walk of Love. Don’t miss the view of some elegant monuments that will “dress up” in red as the evening sets in. The Venetian Customs House in Lazise, the municipal palace in Bardolino, and the Scaligero Castle in Torri del Benaco will take on this magical atmosphere.
VALENTINE’S DAY IN MALCESINE ♥
Are you looking for a special experience with a fantastic view to celebrate your Valentine’s Day on Lake Garda? In Malcesine, the Monte Baldo Cable Car awaits you! Ascend to approximately 1800 meters in height and give your loved one a high-altitude kiss.
VALENTINE’S DAY IN TORRI DEL BENACO ♥
Torri del Benaco also welcomes the event Lago di Garda in Love.” In Piazza Calderini, a large heart will be set up, a symbol that will bring luck to all those who kiss inside it. From the lovers’ terrace of the Scaligero Castle, you can admire the beautiful lake and the heart in the square below.
On Saturday, February 10th, at 11:30 AM, the official inauguration of the event will take place with music by DISCOstajare. From 12:00 PM, Carlo Alberto Pasin, Giorgia Gobbo, and Emma Galante will convey the message of love through their voices in all its nuances. The day ends with itinerant musical entertainment by the Venetum Brass from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. For a romantic souvenir photo, head to the My Photo Booth station.
On Sunday, February 11th, Torri del Benaco fills with music! From 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, your day will be accompanied by the Old Peppers Jass Band. While from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM, the Wind&Brass Brothers Street Band will be present.
VALENTINE’S DAY IN GARDA ♥
Winter is the perfect season for a visit to the enchanting Punta San Vigilio in Garda. In summer, the marina is usually accessible only to those staying at the village tavern. However, during this period, you can descend to where the boats are moored. From there, you can admire perhaps the most beautiful sunset on Lake Garda.
Surrounded by the calm waters of the lake, the warmth of the sunset will embrace you until the sun sets beyond the horizon.
VALENTINE’S DAY IN BARDOLINO ♥
A town that seems to have been created specifically for people searching for things to do to Valentine’s Day on Lake Garda is Bardolino. It may not be the London Eye, but the panoramic wheel located just outside the historic center offers a spectacular view. Don’t forget to leave the village without first taking a souvenir photo in the heart-shaped carved wine barrel!
For the event Lago di Garda in Love, Bardolino will host the Bardolino Village. Inside this marquee in the Villa Carrara Bottagisio park, there will be many proposals dedicated to lovers! First of all, leave your love message on the board, and on the last day of the event, the best ones will be read.
Here are the events for all three days of Lake Garda in Love in Bardolino.
From 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Friday, February 9th, the music of Radio Studio Più will accompany your party on the lake.
On Saturday, February 10th, the Giulietta-Romeo Cup will take place: the Italian Championship of Historic Car Regularity. From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, you can witness the start and finish of this car racing competition from the Bardolino harbor. From 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM, the Bardolino Village will host a live tribute show to Vasco Rossi with the music of the VR BAND.
Valentine’s Day celebrations end on Sunday, February 11th. At 12:00 PM inside the Bardolino Village, Roberta Ruggeri awaits you with the Cooking Show in Love. You can discover the culinary secrets of the Radicchio di Verona I.G.P. From 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, there will be a photo booth station to capture a memory with your loved one. Subsequently, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, itinerant musical entertainment by the Wind&Brass Brothers Street Band. From 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, the Old Peppers Jass Band awaits you. The day ends with the concert of the KRISS GROOVE BAND that will take you on a journey through the music of the most beautiful discotheques of the last 60 years.
VALENTINE’S DAY IN LAZISE ♥
On Friday, February 9th, celebrate Valentine’s Day in Lazise to the rhythm of music! LATO A in concert from the grand stage of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in the heart of Lazise. The best hits of rock music from the ’70s – ’80s await you.
The celebrations continue on Saturday, February 10th, with two musical events: Musica in Love by DISCOstajare and Live in Love, a live show that will take you on a journey through Italian music with the Manuel MALO’ BAND. During the day, My Photo Booth will also be present in Lazise – capture a romantic souvenir photo!
Continue reading to see the beautiful events that will fill your romantic Sunday in Lazise!
On Sunday, February 11th, many events await you!
- Love Trekking on Lake Garda. At 10:00 AM from the Marra Parking, there will be an easy 13 km loop walk to discover Lake Garda in Love. The route heads towards Cisano, strolling along the lakeside. Then, it continues along the Bardolino Path, and after a brief visit to the town, there will be a stop for lunch. Stalls, music, and gastronomic stands will provide a couple of hours of entertainment. The return will follow the lakeside walk to Lazise and a pleasant hilly stretch inland to return to the parking area. The cost is €13.00, and you will receive a cute gadget as a gift.
- Music in Love. From 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, musical entertainment by LaSiFa Band awaits you.
- Games of the Past. From 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, put your smartphone aside and come try traditional games in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.
- My Photo Booth. Snap, print, and take your souvenir photo of Lake Garda in Love from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
- Live in Love. From 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM, a live concert with JOE DIBRUTTO. A true show from the Lazise stage with national and international songs from the ’70s, flashy stage costumes, and entertaining choreography.
- A One-Minute Kiss. Don’t miss the opportunity to kiss your loved one to the notes of an emotional soundtrack.
- Breaths of Love. Spectacular waterfall of heart-shaped confetti. And if you find the yellow heart with the inscription ‘STRINGHETTO,’ you will receive a sweet souvenir of Lake Garda in Love for free.
VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS NEAR LAKE GARDA ♥
VALENTINE’S DAY IN VERONA ♥
[Waiting for the 2024 program] Is there a better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than the city of love? Spend two days with your significant other in Verona, exploring the most iconic places of the most famous love story of all time – that of Romeo and Juliet.
In Piazza dei Signori, you’ll find the unmissable heart-shaped market, where you can purchase creatively handcrafted products selected specifically for the theme. The market dedicated to the culinary excellence of the region will be held in the Cortile Mercato Vecchio and the Cortile del Tribunale.
Stroll hand in hand through the stalls, savoring a sweet treat and letting yourself be enveloped by colors and scents!
If you’re a sporty couple or love running, then you can’t miss this special opportunity to practice the sport you love together. On Saturday, February 11th, in Verona, the half marathon will take place along the traces of the history of Romeo and Juliet and their forbidden love.
VALENTINE’S DAY IN BORGHETTO SUL MINCIO ♥
[Waiting for the 2024 program] In Borghetto sul Mincio, there is an entire fence dedicated to those who want to leave a mark of love. The village of lovers hosts a railing full of padlocks. Bring one with you too and write your name and that of your significant other with a marker. Don’t forget that you will be in one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. If you were also thinking of a special proposal, trust me – seize the moment!
VALENTINE’S DAY IN VILLAFRANCA DI VERONA ♥
Villafranca di Verona is ready to offer all couples a magnificent experience during VillaLove. Every couple that dines or purchases products at one of the participating businesses will receive a heart of Love.
Then, take a visit with your loved one to the Castle Tower, where presenting the heart will grant you free access. Accompanying your visit, you will also receive a complimentary glass of Custoza wine and the famous Sfogliatina di Villafranca. At the top, you can take a souvenir photo with the Valentine’s heart and leave a dedication in the Book of Love