Lake Garda extends on more than one Italian region: it includes Lombardy, Veneto, and Trentino, as it is divided into the provinces of Brescia, Verona and Trento. Its shores are dotted with towns that are different but also similar in some ways.
It’s the biggest lake in Italy, which is why you can find it difficult to choose the best place to stay. In fact, on the shores, there are many towns that offer different attractions and are ideal for different types of people.
In this article, you will find a guide on where to sleep in Lake Garda, some recommendations and suggestions on the best places to stay.
Staying in Sirmione
Sirmione is also called “The Pearl of Garda” because it’s one of the most beautiful places overlooking the lake. It’s on the Lombard shore, in the province of Brescia, precisely on a peninsula. It’s famous for its Roman and medieval ruins, but above all for its thermal baths, already used by ancient Romans.
In Sirmione, you can find the most important domus in Northern Italy, the Grottoes of Catullus, a famous Latin poet. Moreover, the historical center has a medieval appeal, as you can see the little streets full of characteristic houses and the Scaligero Castle, a rare example of lake-based fortification.
Hence, Sirmione is the perfect place for relaxing and taking care of yourself, thanks to the sulfurous water with healing properties, but also for immersing yourself in history.
Staying in Manerba del Garda
Manerba is a town in the province of Brescia, on the Lombard shore of Lake Garda. It is a very old town, whose origin dates back to the Roman era: according to historical records, the city was founded in honor of the Goddess Minerva. Since it is a very old place, there are many attractions, such as the lake-dwellings site of San Sivino-Gabbiano and the Castle of Manerba.
Manerba del Garda offers many trendy nightclubs, as well as restaurants. Moreover, the area produces many vegetables, excellent oil and wines, which you will hardly forget.
Staying in Desenzano del Garda
Desenzano del Garda is the biggest town overlooking the lake, on the Lombard shore, and it is well connected with public transport. It’s one of the main bathing sites in the area, as well as it’s very famous for its mundanity, thanks to its restaurants and its nightclubs. Desenzano has been an important economic center since the Roman era, in fact, it is rich in places of interest. Among the most important ones, there is the Castle of Desenzano, the Archaeological Museum and the Old Harbor.
Aesthetically speaking, it is a sublime place, with the medieval fortress and the houses reflecting on the water.
Desenzano del Garda is ideal for young people since there are many shops, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Staying in Padenghe sul Garda
Padenghe is a small village on the Lombard shore of Lake Garda, in the province of Brescia. It is a very calm place, where you can relax while enjoying the magnificent view of the lake. Padenghe has medieval charm, with its Castle and the Parish Church of Sant’Emiliano.
There are many beaches where you can relax, as well as restaurants and clubs where you can spend a good time during the evening.
Staying in Toscolano Maderno
Toscolano Maderno is a village on the Lombard shore of Lake Garda, part of Upper Garda Park, a natural protected area. Originally there were two villages: Toscolano, of Etruscan origin, and Maderno, an ancient Roman village, that were later unified in Toscolano Maderno.
As a result, there are many ruins belonging to the Roman era, such as a domus covered in mosaics and two temples. Moreover, there are also medieval monuments, such as the historical center and the castles.
The lakeshore in Toscolano Maderno is one of the most beautiful and famous, as it skirts the lake until the Gulf. It’s the ideal place for those who want to surround themselves with history and relax in nature, between an excursion and a swim.
Staying in Gardone Riviera
Gardone Riviera, on the Lombard shore, is on the side of the lake that’s called Riviera of Lemons. It’s the perfect destination for those who want to spend a relaxing holiday, surrounded by nature, walking among the boulevards and on the shore of the lake.
In Gardone, there is also Vittoriale degli Italiani, a peculiar complex of buildings, streets, squares and monuments, commissioned by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio in order to celebrate the victory of WWI.
Staying in Peschiera del Garda
Peschiera del Garda is a town on the Venetian shore, in the province of Verona. It’s one of the most famous places in Lake Garda: it is small but very alive and peculiar. For this reason, it is the ideal place for every kind of visitors, such as couples, families, or friends. In fact, the center is rich in restaurants and bars where you can have a drink, as well as places in the open air where you can have a walk.
Staying in Salò
Salò is a town on the Lombard shore of Lake Garda and also the one with the longest promenade overlooking the lake. In fact, Salò is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway on the lake: the promenade is a must-do!
Moreover, it is also ideal for history lovers, as it witnessed many events during WWII. From Salò there are many boats crossing the lake, so you can reach the other villages overlooking it.
Our homes in Lake Garda
July 22nd, 2021