Lake Garda

“Up there in lovely Italy,
beneath the Alps which o’er the Tyrol lock out Germany,
there lies a lake which is Benàco called.
(Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Canto XX[3][4])


Lake Garda, or Benàco connects Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige and it is the largest Italian lake, surrounded by the majestic Monte Baldo and the sweet and delicate profiles of the moraine hills of Mantua, Verona and Brescia.

The climate is particularly mild during wintertime and it results in typical Mediterranean vegetation, including citrus trees, which produce lemons and oranges. Limone del Garda owes its name to the numerous lemon orchards of the area.

Strong olive trees grow easily: they are protected from the cold winds thanks to the mountains and they are warmed by the humidity of the lake.  The Lake Garda Olive Oil is a costly extra virgin oil produced locally, using only the olives grown along the lake shores of Lake Garda.

The lake is also surrounded by top-quality vineyards, alongside with peculiar agave. History teaches us that Lake Garda was popular already among the Ancient Romans, and that its costly Retico Wine was among the favourite wines of the Emperor Augustus.

Among the wide selection of fine wines of Lake Garda one is particularly famous: Bardolino, which is produced in the areas between Peschiera del Garda and Malcesine. The Bardolino wine was even recalled by Goethe in his “Italian Journey”, where he describes its unmistakable red colour and delicate taste.

Nature is the undisputed master of Lake Garda: from here you can observe the flocks of migratory birds and enjoy the views of the popular Parco Giardino of Sigurtà.

The lake is a popular holiday destination: every year millions of tourists choose to spend their holiday in a comfortable hotel on Lake Garda, thus enjoying a period full of sports, nature and unforgettable local dishes and wines.

At the beginning of the 20th century a steam vessel, called Arciduca Ranieri, used to transport passengers and goods from one lakeshore to the other, from Riva del Garda to Peschiera and Desenzano


You can easily reach Lake Garda from the Verona-Villafranca Airport, by train along the Desenzano-Sirmione line, by car using the A4 and A22 Motorways, taking the Affi or Rovereto Sud exit.