Italy’s largest and most beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by olive groves, vineyards, picturesque villages and medieval castles. A wonderful place to windsurf, sail, swim - or just ramble round the shores. Exquisite natural beauty, along with an amazing choice of Europe’s most exciting amusement parks.
Grotte Di Catullo
A stunning example of remains of a Roman villa on the Sirmione Peninsula with great views over the lake. The ruins are best reached via land train which you can get from outside the old thermal spa building in Sirmione.
Isola del Garda
The island is a place of rare and special beauty. Guided tours include the neo-Gothic villa and picturesque gardens which slope down to the lake, with tastings of local products such as wine and olive oil also available.
Verona - Juliet’s birthday (Sept 16th)
Verona hosts parades, dances and general street merriment to celebrate Juliet’s birthday. Visit her house in a courtyard off Via Capello, where you can see the famous balcony.
Lake Garda is located in one of the largest cheese making regions in Italy. Marscarpone, gorgonzola, Taleggio and Grana Padano all call the Lombardy region their home.
“It’s hard to beat the array of options a Garda holiday offers: Beaches, fantastic cities, theme parks, boat trips, bike trails and irresistable café culture and you can see why it’s the UK’s favourite Italian camping adventure.”
Pristine. Playful. Picturesque. Perfect. The Italian Lakes offer truly unforgettable scenery and serenity. It's a mix of fishing ports and pretty resorts set to a backdrop of pristine mountains and wilderness. Lake Garda absorbs the sun's rays and a ring of mountains stores the heat, the constant breeze makes it a windsurfer's paradise. Visit the huge, old-fashioned thermal spa and bathe in sulphurous waters from the nearby natural spring. Our campsites in Lake Garda are located on the southern and western shores, so you get the tranquility of a lakeside setting, along with everything you need for loads of full on family fun. So as well as all the scenery, there are plenty of activities and places of interest for you to explore. The popular lakeside town of Peschiera on Lake Garda's southern shore lends itself perfectly to a relaxed exploration of the region, with regular boat services to the charming towns of Sirminone, Lazise, Bardolino and of course Lake Garda itself. Ancient Verona is also short train ride away, and provides the stunning setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. But there's far more to see than the world's most famous balcony. This lively and atmospheric town had elegance in abundance. So grab a seat in one of the many cafes that flank the Piazza Bra and watch the theatre of everyday Veronese life play itself out.
What to eat and drink in Lake Garda
Celebrated local reds include fruity Valpolicella and Bardolino. But for a far more full on flavour go for Amarone also made the Valpolicella grape but dried for an intensely rich (and strong!) experience. It's the perfect partner for the delicious cheeses from the Trentino include gorgonzola and Peccorino and to end your meal, try a drop of the potent Grappa with your coffee. For an altogether lighter experience, the fresh white wines Soave and Pinot Grigio are ideal with the fresh lake trout.
What to see and do in Lake Garda
Gardaland 'one of Europe's largest theme parks' is a short drive away with rides and shows for all the family. Or try nearby Caneva World Waterpark. Riva is excellent for watersports whilst camping on Lake Garda, and the Sirmione peninsular is home to a fabulous castle, the Caves of Catullo and a pampering thermal spa. Or why not take the picturesque cable car from Malcesine up Monte Baldo before visiting romantic Verona. Each summer Verona's famous arena is host to the celebrated open air Opera season, where over 22,000 spectators flock to enjoy an unforgettable experience in one of Italy's oldest venues. The area is justifiably popular with watersports enthusiasts, with water-skiing and windsurfing available, amongst many other sports. There are also lots of beaches for swimming so you're sure to have a relaxing time on our Lake Garda holidays.