Garda Travel Guide

  • St Nicolo harbour in Riva
    St Nicolo harbour in Riva
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  • Lake Garda from the Desenzano castle
    Lake Garda from the Desenzano castle
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  • Bardolino
    Bardolino
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Garda Things to Do

  • Avoid getting run over

    In Britain the pedestrian is king and queen (in theory). Bicycles and cars should know their place but in Riva the pedestrian is not even 3rd class. Expressionless cyclists will try to ride over the top of you. The humourless join in an onslaught on the good guys. Watch for it!

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  • Opera Buffs

    With Garda as a base you can take a day/evening trip to nearby Verona to see the Opera in the incredible open air amphitheatre.It's advisable to organise this in advance, though you can be lucky to get seats on the night.I'll write a more detailed opera tip on my Verona page - the reason I posted it first here is because I saw the opera on a day...

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  • Jolly fine Boating Weather

    The weather in Garda wasn't great, so we decided to abandon our sunloungers and hop on a ferry around the lake. What a wonderful experience!The ferries travel around lake Garda in a constant circuit, stopping at each little port along the way. If you buy a ticket for a round trip, you can hop on and off at whichever stops you wish.My favourite...

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  • Gardaland Amusement Park

    Gardaland is a very popular amusement park near Peschiera del Garda, with your typical rides and shows (the Blue Tornado appeared to be the show-piece). Great for kids and grown-ups alike to spend a day. One show that was a bit different was the Medieval show with horses, a princess, etc. There was also a dolphin show which we enjoyed.

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  • Olive Oil Museum

    As you drive along the banks of Lake Garda, you will go past the Museo dell'Olio di Oliva at Cisano on the south-eastern shore of the lake. This place is not so much a MUSEUM as a great place to buy anything related to olive oil made by the company, as well as honey, wines, vinegar, etc. But there is a display of olive oil processing - a big olive...

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  • Lakeside Promenade

    Garda has one of the most beautiful lakeside promenades on the lake. Plenty of cafes, restaurants, gelaterie ... always with great views of the lake.Especially the little square in front of Palazzo dei Capitani is very romantic.A comment on the picture: The Rocca di Garda is a hill which rises about 190 m above the lake. A nice walking path leads...

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Garda Restaurants

  • Dining in a cave?

    La Berlera is one of those whacky places that you just have to go to. It is almost impossible to get to without a car, and even with a car, it's hidden away on some country road where you'll need to get very specific directions from the restaurant itself. La Berlera is located in a 4-storey medieval building, and looks like it was carved out the...

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  • Fabulous, fabulous food

    This little osteria was tucked away in one of the side roads of Salo', on the western shore of Lake Garda. It was more of a restaurant actually, very refined surroundings, with a large selection of wine, but surprisingly at quite normal prices. Food is of the goose liver paté variety, not abundant, but the quality was exceptional. The baccala' and...

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Garda Transportation

  • A day on the lake

    Check out the timetables carefully before you go a boat trip on the lake. You can always get a bus (or taxi) back! :-)

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  • Boats on the Lake

    Boats on the Lake.All the major towns on the lake are covered by the boat service and there is a regular service between then all. We stayed in Garda which is one of the oldest towns on the lake and seems to be the centre for the boat service.The boat service is very reliable and mostly on time. This service is expensive if you are in a group, as...

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Garda Shopping

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    by SabrinaSummerville Written Jan 30, 2006

    This tip is not about a particular shop. It's about a whole selection of wonderful shops in Garda town selling the most unusual little kitchen-things you will find anywhere in the world.

    I bought tiny kiddy cutlery with baby faces in pastel colours for my nieces and nephews. I picked up delph cast with raised fruit and vegetables for every dish and course. I threw in several pretty aprons, teatowels and tablecloths. There were fancy doorknobs and kitchen hooks, little wall hangers for kitchen notes, pasts jars, a myriad of delights for your home.

    The only trouble is carrying these items home - the weight of them!

    What to buy: Buy whatever you can carry - the only problem is how you'll resist the temptation :-)

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Garda Off The Beaten Path

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    Simione

    by ogb4619 Written Mar 3, 2005

    This town is not listed in the VT destinations which surprised me.

    However, if you're in the vicinity of Lac de Garda, you must spend some time in this pretty town on the edge of lake.

    Some fantastic alfresco dining overlooking the lake or the small rivers feeding into the lake.

    A very pretty town well worth a few hours if you're in a hurry or a whole day if you're not.

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    Punta san Vigilio

    by serenat Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    Favorite thing: on the Garda lake, there is a lot to do. I love the small pictoresque village on the verona side coast. On the background a lot of olives tree, indeed here you can taste a good extra vergin olive oil and good wine.

    I suggest a visit to Garda, Bardolino, Lazise, and going up to Torri del Benaco and Malcesine. Check them out and you will get across narrow beautiful streets, castles, lemontrees and much more.

    Fondest memory: The point I like most is Punta San Vigilio, is a cosy little harbour, you can reach it only by walk. In this small harbour there is only a 5 star hotel (prohibitive prices) and a bar. It's nice for an aperitiv or a breakfast.

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