An introduction to Lake Garda:
With Serene villages around that look like paintings and diverse natural beauty, no wonder that Lake Garda is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. Lake Garda is situated in the Northern part of Italy, being the biggest lake in the country. From one side the Lake connects Brescia and Verona and on the other it is between Venice and Milan, two most frequently visited tourist destinations in Europe. The west part of Lake Garda is on the Lombardy region and the east part is on the Veneto region. The northern point of the lake again touched the Trentino-Alto Adige area. The beautiful Dolomite mountain stands above the lake to create an almost celestial panorama.
Wine tours around Lake Garda
Since the distant past, Lake Garda is one of the best places in the world for growing Vine. Varieties of grape seeds are available in the surrounding areas producing different types of wines. Bardolino and Valpolicella are famous for their light red wine and Custoza and Lugana produce the finest white wine. Wine production has a long history in these areas. Ancient Romans used to grow grapes and produce wine in those areas and the remains of this heritage were found on the coastal line of the lake.
Bardolino and Valpolicella wine tours
Bardolino is the most famous wine producing zone around the lake. Valpolicella and Bardolino use the same types of grapes to produce wine. However, due to the difference in the climate, wine produced in Bardolino is lighter than the wine produced in Valpolicella. Those who appreciate quality foods have some great local cuisine that can accompany Bardolino wine such as Risotto and Pappardelle. Cuisines made with fish are also a great match with the taste of the light red wine. Looking for something more? Then don’t miss the great Custoza White wine- Bianco di Custoza. Made with the Trebbiano and Garganega grapes, Custoza white wine is appreciated worldwide for its elegant taste. Lugana also proudly presents its own variety of white wine that is produced from Trebbiano di Lugana and Turbiana grape. Wine tours are available in the mentioned areas for individual tourists and groups. And master chefs are also here to offer incredibly delicious Italian cuisines to fulfill the experience of tasting the finest wines. If you are planning to visit Lake Garda, keep the wine tour on the top of your list of activities. It can be assured that you won’t have to regret that.
What to see and do around Lake Garda:
There’s everything in this location that a tourist can ask for. A diverse landscape with beaches, forrest and mountain, surrounded by picturesque villages and towns with classical architecture, and all kinds of outdoor activities all through the year- what more possibly a tourist can ask from a destination? Lake garda has crystal clear water, perfect for swimming on a warm summer morning. You can also enjoy windsurfing, mountain hiking, rock climbing and sailing. There are many towns around Lake Garda and each town is particularly popular for specific activities or features: Riva for sailing, hiking and shopping; Torbole for surfing; Torri del Benaco and Garda town for great dining experience; Bardolino for fine wine; Sirmione for old castles; Peschiera for theme parks; Toscolano for beautiful beaches and so on.
What is the weather like?
Lake Garda is known for its amicable weather. It is never too hot in the summer and similarly never too cold during the winter in Lake Garda region. With some rain in the late fall and spring, Lake Garda invites tourists almost all through the year. However, to enjoy the activities and attractions of Lake Garda to the fullest, summer is the best season to visit. Soak in warm Italian sun and swim in the azure clear water during the days of summer and early fall. August is the best month to participate in the water sports on Lake Garda. Winter tends to be cold here, but the temperature usually never goes down the freezing point. If you prefer less crowd, you can visit the lake in the winter. But during the late spring when it might heavily rain, taking part in outdoor activities can be risky since the area becomes slippery.
Attractions around the Lake.
Lake Garda has countless attractions for tourists. If you are a nature lover, hardly any place in the world can beat the scenic beauty of Lake Garda. If you are enthusiast for outdoor activities, you have opportunities to take part in all the exciting water sports. Have a keen interest on history and heritage? There are historical places and medieval castles to quench your thirst. And most importantly, if you are a food and wine connoisseur, Lake Garda has the finest wines and most delicious foods to offer.
Towns and main sights around Lake Garda
Among the abundant attractions around the lake, a tourist must visit the towns first. Tignale and Tremosine have a number of lush and green villages on the slope of the mountain. For rock climbing, hit the town named Arco. The town is pretty close to Riva which offers a grand view of the lake. Both the towns boast wonderful shopping and dining facilities.
Lake Garda has a number of beaches where you can spend some peaceful time soaking under the the sun. In total, the length of the beaches around the lake is more than 45 km. The Dolomite mountain is standing on the north of the lake with beautiful spots where you can hike in the summer or ski in the winter. On top of every thing, you must not miss out the wine tours on the famous wine producing areas around Lake Garda such as Valpolicella and Bardolino.
written by Gabriele Monti