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Lake Garda

Majestic Mediterranean scenery
 
Enjoy a leisurely discovery of Italy’s largest lake from the attractive village of Villa di Gargnano. Staying in a welcoming, family-run hotel right by the water's edge, you are perfectly placed to explore on foot and by boat.
 

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Majestic Lake Garda

On the western shores of Lake Garda, elegant, liberty-style villas are backed by olive-clad hills and lemon trees, creating a distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere. Paddle steamers criss-cross the lake, and cable cars rise into the surrounding mountains affording spectacular, far-reaching views of the glittering waters below.
With three nights in the idyllically situated village of Villa di Gargnano, you are perfectly placed to discover the many charms of Italy’s largest lake – on foot, by boat, or even from the comfort of your sun lounger on the hotel beach.
 

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Itinerary

  • Trento to Villa di Gargnano: 1.5hrs by taxi
    Today begins with a direct taxi journey to the shores of Lake Garda, where the welcoming Hotel Gardenia al Lago is located.

    You may like to spend the rest of the day relaxing on the hotel beach, or exploring the village of Villa di Gargnano, idyllically situated between the glittering waters of the lake and terraced hillsides of orchards and olive groves. For something more energetic, take a look at our suggestions for days 8-9 below.
    The colourful marina in Gargnano
  • Walking options
    Lake Garda’s quiet western shores offer an excellent variety of relaxed walking routes. We provide notes for two trails close to Gargnano, as well as the classic Monte Baldo route on the opposite shore. You should pay locally for all transport and visits.

    Gargnano town (grade 1): 9km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 195m
    Gargnano may be quiet and unspoiled, but it's also a village with a fascinting past. Highlights of our route include visits to Limonaia La Malora – a centuries-old lemon ‘house’ which uses traditional cultivation methods and is the last of its kind in the area – and to Villa Bettoni, the imposing Neoclassical mansion noted for its monumental gardens and resemblance to Vienna’s vast Schönbrunn Palace. We also take in the former convent of St. Francis with its ancient carvings and Roman relics; pass the Palazzo Feltrinelli, used by Mussolini as his headquarters during the last two years of World War II; and explore Gargnano’s pretty marina with its impressive town hall and tight cluster of pastel-hued buildings, several of whose façades still hold the cannonballs fired during the Austrian bombardments of 1886.

    Tignale & Upper Garda Park (grade 1-2): 7km, 3.5hrs; ascent 400m/descent 335m
    Backed by lofty peaks and gazing down onto the glistening lake waters, the rural plateau of Tignale – located within the protected environment of the Upper Garda Park – makes a scenic starting point for this route. After a short bus journey up onto the plateau, you ascend through meadows, fields and pastures to the Sanctuary of Montecastello, which overlooks the lake from its spectacular cliff-top position. Your route then passes through several tiny villages where it’s well worth pausing for a traditional lunch before descending back to Gargnano by bus. For a more challenging finale, opt to return on foot – this longer route slopes slowly back to the lake across panoramic hillsides.

    Malcesine & Monte Baldo (grade 1-2): 6.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 250m
    This is a classic Garda walking route which involves catching a ferry or hydrofoil across the lake to Malcesine, and then taking the revolving cable car to the summit of Monte Baldo (1,780 metres). Monte Baldo has earned the name ‘Garden of Europe’ and this is particularly apt in springtime, when the slopes are covered in peonies, anemones and lilies. From the top of the cable car station, a thrilling path leads through crags and above the treeline, affording a 360-degree panorama of the lake and surrounding peaks. Towards the end of the route, you strike out along a wide-open and grassy saddle to enjoy further and far-reaching views – including of the often-snow-capped Alpine peaks – before catching the cable car back down to the lakeside.
    Quiet paths around Gargnano
    Explore the rural plateau of Tignale
    Magnificent views from Monte Baldo
    Gargnano town walk: 9km
    Tignale and Upper Garda Park: 7km
    Malcesine and Monte Baldo: 6.5km
  • Sightseeing options
    We also suggest a number of rewarding sightseeing tours, including to the celebrated towns of Riva del Garda and Sirmione. Again, please pay locally for all transport and visits.

    Limone & Riva del Garda
    Once the border between Italy and Austria, the lake’s northern shores are dazzling and dramatic, with narrow, fjord-like waters edged by steep-sided cliffs. From Gargnano, regular boats and buses depart north for Limone, a pretty cobbled town surrounded by citrus groves. A walk along the ‘floating’ footpath here is a must – suspended above the lake, this offers exhilarating views – before you continue north to Riva del Garda, snug beneath its amphitheatre of mountains. Riva first blossomed as a resort during the days of Austrian rule (1813-1918) and it remains a prosperous and sophisticated town, with an elegant lakefront promenade and wide array of waterside cafés. Return to Gargnano by bus or boat.

    Isola del Garda
    To the south of Gargnano lies Salò, seat of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic during the later years of World War II. Today, the town is better known for the beautiful island anchored just off its shore: Isola del Garda. This privately-owned paradise is the home of the Borghese Cavazza family, who welcome visitors to the island – but only in guided groups so it’s vital to plan ahead and secure your place (reservations can be made here). Once on the island, you will be led around the untamed and luxuriant parkland, through the English and Italian formal gardens and – fleetingly – inside the magnificent, Venetian-style villa itself.

    Sirmione & Desenzano
    At the southernmost end of the lake, the spa town of Sirmione extends spectacularly into the waters on a narrow, two-mile-long promontory. Taking the hydrofoil from Gargnano, you will arrive in the town’s bustling harbour, guarded by the picture-book, 13th-century Scaligero Castle. From here, follow the mazy medieval streets north to the quiet of the headland, where, amid a grassy olive grove, lies the most important Roman site in northern Italy: a grand, ruined villa believed to have belonged to the lyric poet Catullus. After taking the time to look around, we recommend continuing by boat to neighbouring Desenzano, which, despite being one of the largest of the lake towns, still retains plenty of historic charm and offers a good choice of restaurants. Enjoy a late lunch by the waterside before leaving the popular southern shores behind to return by bus to tranquil Gargnano.
    Riva del Garda
    Sirmione © Brescia Tourism
 

Accommodation

Stay by the water’s edge in charming Gargnano and enjoy the best of both worlds – a peaceful base within easy reach of all of Lake Garda’s must-see sights.
Hotel Gardenia al Lago

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  • 3 nights: 18 April 2021 - 31 July 2021 & 18 August 2021 - 31 October 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    18 Apr - 28 Jul 2021 £365 £125
    18 Aug - 28 Oct 2021 £365 £125
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    £ per person based on 2 sharing. Includes accommodation, meals and travel to the hotel as described.

    Prices may be different if you are not arranging your transfers for your main holiday through Inntravel or have your own car; please contact us for a quotation.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Gardenia al Lago, Gargnano
    'Benaco' double with lake view (no twins): 18 Apr - 31 Jul 2021 £40
    'Benaco' double with lake view (no twins): 18 Aug - 31 Oct 2021 £40
    'Panorama' with side lake view: 18 Apr - 31 Jul 2021 £15
    'Panorama' with side lake view: 18 Aug - 31 Oct 2021 £15
What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 breakfasts
  • taxi Trento-Lake Garda
  • detailed documentation
 
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