Lake Garda

26 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type



Date of travel

September, 2016

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip

This is the largest and most northerly of the Italian lakes – and only about a 90-minute flight from London. Because of its location, wonderful scenery, facilities and weather, it is a very popular resort area for Italians as well as for tourists from many parts of Europe. The northern half of the lake nestles in the foothills of the Dolomite mountains, which also provide a dramatic backdrop to views from the south.
But the size of the lake (approx. 51 x 16 Kms) means that there is a very wide range of lakeside options to consider when planning a visit. The western side is further from the nearest airport (Verona) but is less busy than the towns along the eastern and southern shores, especially during the months of July and August.

Our preference is based on two visits to Lake Garda, in June 2014 and in September 2016 – and you should also read our earlier review (Hotel Villa Florida, Gardone, Italy). It was so good that we returned to the same hotel for an 8-day stay again this year and it continues to be an excellent choice! It is worth adding that not only does the Villa Florida maintain it special and unusual quality, and its wonderful staff, but even in September there is no sense of ‘end of season’ apart from the relaxed atmosphere.

Gardone is a small town on the west side of the lake. The lakeside is known as Gardone Riviera, but the old town on the hilltop provides a contrast and is well worth the climb. There is a good range of hotels and restaurants as well as a place in Italian history – particularly in the remarkable Vittoriale gardens where you find an Italian naval ship, incongruously perched on a hillside 100’s of feet above the lake. It is interesting to discover why and especially how it comes to be there! Adjoining Gardone is the village of Fasano which, among other attractions, has a new and unusual restaurant, Ristorante Il Giglio, which serves only fish and seafood – well worth at least one visit (and probably needing a reservation).

From Gardone, it is easy to take the various leisurely boat trips to visit other notable and busier towns around the lake such at Sirmione, Salo, Garda and Limone and to Riva at the northernmost tip. Each of them has its own character and history.


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.