Cascata Varone is a 100 meter waterfall just north of Riva Del Garda on the very north shore, which you pay to see. Maybe we were unlucky but the "trickle" really is not worth paying for.
Martin (Marvinthe Martian) had a better experience there when we did "The Cascata Varone definately had potential to give a good soaking when I saw it - water everywhere!! :-)"
Maybe you have to pick the time you visit
If all you want is gain access to the top of the Baldo range, this mode of transport is fine. Especially handy if you want to hike back down the trails to Malcesine.
However please do not think it is a panoramic way of seeing the lake in all its glory. Basically, you wait up to 15 minutes to buy your ticket, another half hour wait gets you to the cable car and up to 44 people are herded into the round car for the 5 minute glide up the first half of the run. Your chances of viewing the lake or over the mountains are dependant on where you are stood inside the cable car. You will most likely see the trees below you on the mountainside. Get out the car and wait for another 5 minutes to take the second cable car up to the peak. This car holds up to 70 (yes, I did say 70) people and although it claims to rotate as it climbs, you will be lucky to view the Lake for any more than 1 minute during the ascent.
We were unlucky in that when we reached the top, the weather was pretty hazy and misty which meant our view from the peak station and viewpoint was pretty much NIL. I am sure on a clear day the views are great but the cable car ride certainly is not.
Overhyped and overpriced.
Unique Suggestions: Be prepared for a long wait.
But I really do not like these electric lit lights ... lighting a candle is about fire, warmth and a flame not a stick that lights up when put in a frame :s....
Our kids and I always light a candle for the folks at home when we visit a catholic church and we all sure didn t like these lights!
We thought it's a comedy.
We were laughing to tears!
It is so obsolete, spider webs are hanging down from these dangerous warriors, they squeak (VD40!?) viciously while attacking mould covered gorilla.
Avoid. Or bring your good sense of humor.
Avoid Gardaland on Italian national holidays (about every third week ;) The crowds are enormous and so are the lines.
Unique Suggestions: Go early in the morning to avoid some of the tourists, or midweek.
Fun Alternatives: Visit Gardaland in bad weather. We dealt with the rain to avoid a lot of people.
Don't visit in July and August, it is getting a bit overcrowded on Lake Garda. A nice period to visit and April and May.
At least that's my opinion I went there one time in July and the streets where completely congested.
One year I visited in may and had no problems at all with traffic and had the most beautiful weather you can imagine.
The villages on the west side of the lake have been kind enough to put out plenty of seats where you can enjoy the lake. If you are tired and thirsty, you don't have to go to a bar and spend twice as much for a bottled or canned drink. Just go into a store and buy it over the counter and then go sit by the lake and enjoy the view.
Example... two canned lemon iced teas... 7 euros in a bar in Salo. In the hills it would have cost 3 euros. They see you coming, and you can be smarter......
Unique Suggestions: In many cities of Italy there will be very few seating places, I have always believe that the bars make it this way, so you have to come there to sit and rest, thus buying a drink at inflated prices. However, here at the lake, you will find nice clean benches for seating. Take advantage of this!
Fun Alternatives: Also, there is usually a fountain or two with good water, so that you can fill up your waterbottle. Keep that big empty bottle and use it.