Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake, located in the north of the country, between the cities of Milan and Venice. The lake and its surrounding shoreline resorts are one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations. It is therefore not surprising that there is an extensive range of self catering rental accommodation available here, suitable for most tastes and budgets. The smaller apartments and townhouses to be found within the towns lining the lake’s shore are more reasonably priced for rental. Those visitors with plenty of euros to spend may wish to rent one of the impressive villas and even castles to be found on the hillsides surrounding the lake, which enjoy panoramic views of the lake.
Visitors spending their holidays in Lake Garda will find that there is plenty to see and do here. The lake itself offers the usual water sports activities and attractions, such as waterskiing, canoeing and leisurely boat cruises. The towns and villages lining the lake’s shore boast some great shopping opportunities, as well as great restaurants and bars. Visitors may also wish to hire a car to explore the pretty alpine landscape surrounding the lake, or the more energetic may wish to explore on foot or by hiring a bicycle.
Perhaps the most popular draw for visitors enjoying their holidays in Lake Garda is the picturesque ancient town of Sirmione. Located alongside the lake’s southern shoreline, this fortified town boasts a number of historically and architecturally interesting sites. The 13th Century Scaliger Castle dominates the town, although the Grotto of Catullus and the church of San Pietro in Mavino are also well worth a visit. The town’s thermal springs are another popular tourist attraction.
The town’s interesting past is reflected by its numerous famous former residents and visitors. Tourists can marvel at the former home of the famous opera singer, Maria Callas, as well as enjoy the town’s many scenic vistas, which have been the influence behind a number of Lord Tennyson’s poems.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Lake Garda will discover that summers tend to be warm, with temperatures often averaging around 26 degrees Celsius. Winters are far cooler, with temperatures averaging around 8 degrees Celsius. Snow is not unheard of at this time of year and at this altitude. Lake Garda receives an average annual rainfall of 23 inches.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Lake Garda will discover that Verona Catullu (VRN) is the closest international airport. There are several airlines operating flights to and from the UK, including Alitalia, British Airways and Flybe. These flights depart from several UK airports, to include London Gatwick (LGW), Southampton(SOU) and Manchester (MAN).