Lake Garda

Sport

Lake Garda has always been a hot spot for the fans of many different kinds of sport: thanks to the continuous presence of steady winds – especially the ‘ora’, which blows off the beaches of Torbole – it is a popular destination for surfers from all over Europe as well as among sailing and kite-surfing enthusiasts.

The mountains that surround the lake provide unique, scenic landscapes for hiking, mountain-biking, and canyoning.

The nearby town of Arco is famous among rock climbers for its natural and artificial rock faces. Every year, climbers from all over the world rally there to take part in the Rock Master, a major rock climbing competition.

Nature

The northern shore of Lake Garda (Upper Garda) enjoys a microclimate which is conducive to olive growing. Its unique landscape results from the combination between the beauty of the lake itself and that of the surrounding mountains that are reflected in it.

There are countless itineraries for hikes or mountain bike tours which all offer breathtaking, precipitous views of Lake Garda. Monte Baldo deserves a special mention: this beautiful mountain, which has been designated as a nature reserve, is also accessible by cable car from Malcesine.

Entertainment

Two of Italy's most prestigious theme parks – Gardaland and Canevaworld – are located within few kilometres of Riva del Garda.

At night, there is a pulsating atmosphere thanks to the many discos, restaurants, and pubs that are to be found along the shores of Lake Garda.

Culture

Riva del Garda is the second-largest town on Lake Garda after Desenzano. It is located in a scenic inlet at the foot of Mount Brione, in the north-western corner of Lake Garda. The typical architecture of the old town bears testimony to its historic significance as a trading centre. The nearby valleys are dotted with large farms and ancient villages.

The Scaliger Castle in Malcesine, the famous Grotto of Catullo at Sirmione, and Gabriele d'Annunzio's Vittoriale on the Gardone riviera are but a few of the many jewels which make up the priceless artistic heritage that can be discovered just a few kilometres inland.

One of the many ancient residences that adorn the towns on Lake Garda is the Villa dei Cedri, a thermal park at Colà which is famous for the health-giving properties of its mineral water. It wells up from the underground at a temperature of 37° C and has a unique composition.

Lake Garda is within a short distance of Venice, Verona, and Mantua, three of Italy's most beautiful and most visited cities.