Lake Garda and its panoramas are the ideal setting for couples. There really are a lot of romantic corners to be found in the different villages along the lake. Whether you walk inside the historic centers, past the various castles, the fairytale villas or whether you take a simple walk along the lake. There is something magical about visiting a place with the one you love. I’m not sure if it’s because our heart beats faster or because we breathe differently… Maybe both. It seems that love allows us to better absorb some details and imprint even deeper memories in our memory. Be that as it may, in this article you will find information about some of the most romantic places to visit in and around Lake Garda.
Let’s start with the best time to exchange promises and love phrases. If you love sunsets, each town on the lake is perfect. An enchantment where, embracing your partner, you can enjoy the beauty of the landscape and let your mind regenerate. On summer evenings, when the waves calm down and the beaches empty, stopping to wait for the sunset is one of the moments you will surely remember.
Activities for couples
In the list of romantic activities you cannot miss, a day at the spa is definitely at the top of the list. From the natural lakes of Villa dei Cedri in Colà, to the characteristic infinity pools of Aquaria in Simione, thermal waters will regenerate you. You can always personalize your experience with couple courses and massages with scented oils. Several hotels provide ideal offers for enjoying an afternoon or a whole weekend of love and relaxation. Another activity that you can enjoy with your partner is a nice cruise on the lake. A light aperitif or a romantic dinner on a private boat, just you and your soul mate, can certainly reserve an exciting opportunity for two.
Isola del Garda
This island, in the Brescia part of the lake, is also strongly recommended to visit.
Also known as Isola Borghese, from the name of the owner family, it is located in front of San Felice del Benaco and is the largest island on the lake. You can reach it and visit it only with guided tours of about 2-3 hours. In the island you can see a wonderful Venetian neo-Gothic villa and a park with Italian and English gardens. During your visit, take a moment to have a delicious aperitif on the terrace of the villa and some souvenir photos. The view of the lake that you will have is really one of a kind.
On Lake Garda, even a simple walk in nature can become romantic. From Gargnano and climbing upwards along the path of lovers, you arrive at the Hermitage of San Valentino, enjoying a magnificent scenery. The name itself is enough to recall love. This place between rocks and suggestive landscapes is a true source of inspiration and emotions. Here the couples look for the good wishes of the Patron Saint of lovers.
And let’s not forget the viewpoints from which you can admire the lake from above. Extraordinary examples are the Rocca di Manerba on one side and the Rocca di Garda on the other side. But if that’s not enough, you can push yourself even higher, going to San Zeno di Montagna or directly to the characteristic Monte Baldo.
Isn’t that enough for you? Read on to discover other romantic places to visit on Lake Garda…
Romantic views and fairytale places
Punta San Vigilio
Punta San Vigilio undoubtedly stands out among the most romantic views of the lake. Here the promontory with a characteristic marina, the building of Renaissance beauty and the beautiful beach just a few steps away, reserve a magical, decidedly fairytale corner.
Roman Villa and Scaliger Castles
Staying on a fairytale theme, if you want to feel a little like princes and princesses, you can visit the castles. From the ancient and imposing Scaliger Castle of Malcesine, to the magical one of Sirmione, you can admire the landscape from these enchanting places. Perhaps also recalling the famous love verse in latin of the poet Catullus, “Odi et Amo” (I hate and I love). They say that he composed these rhymes in his Roman villa in Sirmione, perhaps the original site where nowadays you can see the famous caves.
The Vittoriale degli Italiani
The Vittoriale degli Italiani is also a poetic and suggestive place, which you can find near Gardone Riviera. Built by the will of the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, it is one of the most fascinating places on the lake, thanks to its park and the poet’s house. An ideal place for those who love romantic atmospheres linked to the past, amidst the furnishings and love stories of the Vate. In fact, in the priory there is the sculpture of Eleonora Duse, muse and lover of the poet, her great love tormented by her.
Lake Garda is divided into 3 regions. So, let’s find out which are the most romantic places to visit on Lake Garda…
Shore of Brescia
A town overlooking the lake that deserves a visit is Limone, famous for its historic Castèl lemon house. Not far from this small village is Tremosine with the famous Terrace of the thrill. The dizzying view of the lake from that height is certainly a unique emotion to share with your partner and that you will hardly forget. In a narrow gulf of the lake, also on the Lombard shore, another little gem to see is the city of Salò. Due to its position it enjoys a lot of sun and the waters of the lake always calmly caress its shore. To admire the romantic reflections of light on the lake, take a peaceful walk on the wooden piers of the well-kept lakefront.
Shore of Verona
The Veronese shore responds with the beautiful villages of Torri del Benaco and Brenzone, two gems that are definitely worth a visit. But if we want to talk about the king of the Venetian side, we cannot fail to mention Lazise, the first municipality of Italy. This town with its characteristic historic center surrounded by ancient walls is the most popular destination around the lake. With your partner you can take advantage of the fact that the whole area is dotted with vineyards. You can toast to love in one (or why not even more than one) of the many wineries in the area, enjoying tastings and snacks.
Shore of Trentino
Finally, even if territorially speaking its shores touch the lake less than the other regions, Trentino also defends itself well. Riva del Garda, for example, offers various choices for lovers looking for something special. An example is undoubtedly the inclined panoramic lift that connects the historic center of the town with the Venetian Bastion in just two minutes. A breathtaking view of the lake and the city is what awaits you at the top, ready to be immortalized in your memories as a couple. A few kilometers from Riva there are also the famous Varone waterfalls, a real geological rarity. The caves, the colors, the flowing of the water, the botanical garden, all will contribute to making even this short but wonderful adventure romantic.
Romantic places near Lake Garda
Parco Giardino Sigurtà
Moving a little from the lake, going up along the banks of the Mincio river, the only outlet of the lake, you will find the Sigurtà Park, another perfect destination for lovers. It is a historic botanical park of a fifteenth-century villa, arranged at the end of the eighteenth century with English gardens. Walking hand in hand in this romantic atmosphere surrounded by expanses of plants and flowers is an enchanting experience. This park, with the different blooms and the succession of the seasons, is able to give emotions all year round.
Borghetto sul Mincio
If you are in Valeggio you cannot miss Borghetto sul Mincio, a small village that seems to emerge from the water, declared one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Consisting of a few houses embraced by a fortified complex, you can admire this village while walking through its picturesque streets and ancient mills. To conclude the visit, what better promise of love than a plate of traditional tortellini, a specialty of the village, which here are called “love knots”.
Canale di Tenno
Canale di Tenno also stands out among the most beautiful villages in Italy, a place where time seems to have stopped between the narrow-cobbled streets and ancient shops. The small village is located near the famous homonym lake, away from the large tourist flows of Lake Garda. In the alleys of the village you will be immersed in a poetic atmosphere, an ideal place for a romantic walk.
If your idea of a romantic outing is inspired by the great fairy tales made of princes on horseback, the perfect scenario can be found in Castellaro Lagusello. Entering the small village, it seems to be in the nineteenth century, here you can take the course and obtain a license to drive the gig. Once you have loaded your lady on the gig, all you have to do is head towards the small heart-shaped lake of the village!
It is not fantasy, but reality, it is no coincidence that Castellaro Lagusello has been the set of many famous films.
Take note; Castellaro Lagusello is also famous for its flowers. In fact there is an event dedicated to them called; I fiori di Castellaro Lagusello.
Verona, the city of love
Lastly, we have to mention the beautiful Verona, the big fish of the most romantic places on/near Lake Garda. The Italian city of love par excellence needs no introduction, but it certainly deserves a visit from the Lake Garda area.
The charm and atmosphere of this lake, moreover, are perfect for a gift: you will make an exceptional impression on your partner!
Come and paint your unforgettable moments, enjoying all these exciting views.
To get advise on how to visit Verona, I invite you to read our articole about it: Things to see in Verona.