you really have to see

Given the more than 150 km (93 miles) of coastline, divided into three different provinces (Brescia, Verona, and Trento), there are many beautiful cities on Lake Garda and all have something to offer: castles, Roman villas, vineyards, olive groves, medieval villages, hiking trails and mountain biking, sailing clubs…

If you really want to enjoy your trip, here is a list of Lake Garda’s best places to visit according to… well, according to us who live there!

Don’t forget that Lake Garda is well connected to all the best places in Northern Italy: it is just over an hour from Milan and Venice, and about half an hour from Verona, Brescia and Trento (learn more about this in our guide to train service on Lake Garda). 

It’s time to plan your trip to Lake Garda: discover the best Lake Garda’s towns!


Here are our tips to help you find what’s right for you on Lake Garda.


Ever heard of Gardaland? I bet your children have, since it’s one of the biggest amusement parks in Europe and is located right here! If you are looking for quiet beaches, fun for the little ones and walks by the lake, Lake Garda’s southern end is the ideal destination. 


The best trekking and mountain bike routes are certainly to be found in the Valle del Ponale (near Riva del Garda) and Monte Baldo (near Malcesine). If you come here in winter, you can also ski on Monte Baldo! 

If you want to discover LOCAL CULTURE & TRADITIONS:

Roman villas, museums, ancient villages, breathtaking views: if you literally want to walk through centuries of history and taste the authentic flavor of this land, there are no better places than these.

Best villages on Lake Garda for your DAY TRIP

If you are near Lake Garda and you only have one day to visit it, you should organize in advance because there are so many attractions and choosing is not easy.

Here are the places you shouldn’t miss, depending on where you come from and how you will arrive on Lake Garda.

Coming from MILAN by train

If you come from Milan by train, you’ll arrive in Desenzano del Garda, also known as the capital of Lake Garda. From here you can easily reach Sirmione, the real gem of Lake Garda.

Coming from VERONA by bus

If you come from Verona you can easily reach the eastern shore of the Lake: the best cities to visit on this side are surely Lazise and Bardolino, two beautiful medieval villages connected by a suggestive cycle path.

Coming from VENICE by train

If you take a local train from Venice, you will probably arrive in Peschiera del Garda, a little town with a picturesque port: from here, you can easily reach Sirmione, as we said, the most suggestive place in Lake Garda.

Coming from BRESCIA by bus or train

Travelling from Brescia by bus or local train will easily take you on the southern shore, where you’ll find Desenzano, Sirmione and Peschiera. If you want to discover a hidden gem, from Brescia you can also take the bus to Limone del Garda (it will take about 2 hours, but its beauty will repay the effort).

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