How To Spend A Weekend In Lake Garda

The new and timeless places to stay, eat, and see around Lago di Garda this summer.

Where to Stay

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Gargnano

Ranks among the greatest Grand Hotels in Northern Italy. Super picturesque and the spot to stay at the lake for a very special occasion.

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Grand Hotel Fasano, Gardone Riviera

A very popular choice and one of the most luxurious hotels on the lake. Stunning setting right at the shores.

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Locanda San Vigilio, Garda

For us the most authentic place to stay and indulge. Even if you are not staying there, go for Aperitivo. Avoid in July & August when it gets busy by hordes of daytime tourists.

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Prati Palai, Bardolino

Our pick if you don’t want to break the bank. Prati Palai is a super charming boutique hotel with just eight suites and a beautiful pool. Located on the eastern side of the lake, only 25 minutes from Verona. Read our interview with Domenico the owner here.

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What to Do

‘We are always trying to suggest special things for our guests, such as picnics, olive oil tasting, Aperitivo with our produce or a boat trip,’ says Domenico, the owner of Prati Palai and recommends nothing more highly than ‘taking a boat out into the middle of the lake and diving in!’

From waterskiing to boat rides, or lake swimming, Lake Garda is a watersports paradise. The city of Verona is nearby and great to combine for a day trip.

What to See

A boat trip to the Isola del Garda, the biggest island on Lake Garda, is a must. The gardens and the neo-gothic architecture are absolutely stunning.

Don’t miss to visit Sirmione, on the southern banks of the lake. Salo on the western side has beautiful lakefront restaurants.

The northern side of the lake around Riva del Garda is surrounded by higher mountains and is very impressive to see for a day trip. Limone del Garda is one of the prettiest villages around the lake.

Where To Eat

Baia d’Oro, Gargnano

Great for seafood and excellent selection of wines. Order a bottle of Jermann from nearby Friuli and the catch of the day. Best for lunch.

When to Go

Head there in June or September (skip July and August) as temperatures are in their high 20s during the day and the lake is warm enough to swim.

Locanda San Vigilio, Garda

There is no better place to dine than their picturesque terrace overlooking the lake.

How to Get There

The nearest airport is Verona, but depending on where you choose to stay at the Lake, the drive can be short or up to an hour. The Eastern side is the closest.

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