Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy.
Nestled between the Alps and the Po Valley, Lake Garda is characterized mainly by its beautiful landscapes, the mild climate and a rich vegetation of olive trees, cypresses, oleanders and orange trees.
Surely among the most fascinating lakes in Italy, the Garda has disseminated on its territory important artistic, historical and cultural testimonies. The villas and palaces that rise on the hills, the small villages, the wonderful and picturesque villages offer travelers a show of singular beauty.
What to see on Lake Garda? Garda offers so many things to see and to explore, that making a list is really impossible, considering that we are talking about a very extensive territory, 165 km of coastline. However, I would like to recommend some of the fantastic places I have personally visited and which I think are unmissable for all travelers.
To begin our journey, we start from the peninsula of Sirmione, which with its castle Scaligero and the Roman villa "Terme di Catullo" is among the most popular destinations for all lovers of the lake.
We reach Desenzano, famous for its numerous beaches, the pedestrian area full of fashionable shops, the romantic port and the castle.
Pushing further north along the Brescian side, we find Limone sul Garda, which was the northernmost citrus production area in the world; here you can get lost in the alleys and enjoy the atmosphere of an ancient village very lively and perfectly preserved.
Located on the northernmost tip of the lake, we find Riva del Garda, we are in Trentino. The historic center, protected by three medieval porticos, hides ancient palaces and baroque churches, the 34 meter high Apponale Tower and the small bronze angel that are the symbols of the city.
Going south along the Veronese shore, I recommend a stop in Garda with its delightful long lake and in Lazise, where in the past there was the border of the Venetian serenissima.
We conclude our little tour in the walled city of Peschiera del Garda that faces the Veronese shore of the lake, surrounded by canals and the point where the waters of the Garda flow into the river Mincio, also a jewel to be discovered.