Riva del Garda is just one of the many beautiful resorts of Lake Garda. Make time during your stay to explore some of the delights of one of Italy's best loved tourist destinations. The best way to explore the towns on the Lake is by boat.
Located in Northern Italy midway between Venice and Milan, Lake Garda or Benaco is the largest of all the Italian lakes (370 sq km) and is renowned for its beauty with a blend of picturesque villages, medieval castles and lakeside walks.
Enclosed by the mountains to the north it enjoys a very mild Mediterranean climate. Olive and lemon groves, palms and orange trees - along with the majestic deep blue transparent water of the lake - are background to remarkable historical and cultural sights and offer the opportunity for a wide range of activities.
Lake Garda is also ideally located to offer a wealth of excursion opportunities including day trips to Venice, Verona and Milan. While closer to its shores you can enjoy sailing, hiking, mountain biking, horse-back riding and fishing.
THINGS TO DO AND ENJOY
Culture and architecture
For art and history lovers, Lake Garda offers medieval villages clustered between walls and towers, Veronese and Venetian castles and elegant villas, favoured by royalty and the scene of important historic events.
Do not miss the elegant resort town of Sirmione (with the villa of Maria Callas) and the extravagant and overwhelming home-museum Vittoriale degli Italiani of the great Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio in Gardone Riviera.
Food and wine
Three regions overlook Lake Garda, each with their own individual character, landscape and culture, which influences the local cuisine and food and wine specialities.
The region is famous for its extra virgin olive oils renowned for their lightness and delicacy. While the citrus fruits of Lake Garda, are an important ingredient in many local recipes, including Limoncino liqueur and lemon cream of the Riviera dei Limoni,
The Garda vineyards include: Nosiola, Merlot, Cabernet and Vino Santo in the northern areas; Classico Groppello della Valtenesi in the southern vineyards of Bardolino and Lugana.
Other local products include grappa, local fish and meats and tortellini.
The combination of the mountains, lake and change in landscape from the north to south of the region provides the background for a wide variety of activities to enjoy.
For those that want to relax and simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings the region offers more than spas renowned for their curative waters and over 60 well-being centres.