We’ve been talking about doing a road trip around Lake Garda for some time now. And since it’s been some time since we were last in Italy we decided that 1st of May holidays were perfect for a little road trip. Actually we spent three days in Vicenza where my aunt lives, of which one day was dedicated to exploring Vicenza, one for Verona and one for our road trip around Lake Garda.
Our road trip looked something like this: We got off the highway at Desenzano del Garda and continued are way along the lake to the city called Salo. Here we were not sure whether we should stop and take a quick stroll around the city, as we did not know how long it’s gonna take us to make a full circle around the lake. Even though Salo looked very pretty we knew we wanted to be back to see southern part of the lake, more specifically, to Sirmione by 7pm to enjoy the sunset, therefore we had to hit the road. We decided to stop in the next city on the way which was Gardone Riviera and it did not disappoint. Its a small town with numerous villas neatly tucked away in to the hills. One is more impressive than the other. My favourite place was Botanical garden with its lush greenery and tropical vibe which is a must stop on the way.
Next stop was Gargnano which is situated in the western part of the Lake. It’s a small medieval town full of charm and blooming orange trees and it was definitely our favourite. It was one of the best thing to just sit back sip wine admire the view and just enjoy our time there. 🙂
Some 20 kilometres further North is another cute town called Limone sul Garda. We stopped for gelato here and a short stroll on the promenade.
At the Northern tip of the Lake is Riva del Garda which is completely surrounded by high mountains. The views around here were just incredible!
We finished our day trip at Sirmione which is actually a peninsula at the southern tip of the lake. Even though Sirmione is the most touristy of all still has a certain charm that to me all Italian cities have. Its cobble stone streets, the 13th century castle surrounded by water are just amazing and definitely worth visiting.
We really enjoyed our time at Lake Garda. The views and the scenery were just amazing, as were all the towns that we visited. The road is a dream, especially if you like driving and cruising around you’re gonna love it! It is possible to do the whole Lake in one day. It is around 150 kilometres to make a full circle around the lake, but keep in mind that you average speed will be around 40 km/h. If you have more time I would definitely advise you to spend at least two days around Lake Garda.
If we had more time we would have taken a cable car to the highest mountain there. At 2200 metres Monte Baldo offers stunning views over to the lake. We also regretted not visiting Malcesine so make sure to add that to your list. However, if you are short on time like we were it is definitely possible to get a glimpse of how beautiful the Lake Garda is.
Have you been? Which was your favourite part of Lake Garda?