Holidaymakers looking for a fantastic lakeside destination need look no further than Gardone Riviera in Italy. Located in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, this beautiful part of the country offers many fantastic things to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments, B&Bs and campsites.
Gardone Riviera is a great base to explore the area around Lake Garda and enjoy various water activities such as swimming, water skiing, motor boating, sailing and diving. This is also a great place to see by hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. Lake Garda is also popular with anglers too with over 30 species of fish found here. Holidaymakers can also relax by the lakeside with a number of beaches not far from Gardone Riviera. There are many excellent golf courses along Lake Garda including Golf Bogliaco, which is only about 15 minutes away. Gardone Riviera and the surrounding area have many good restaurants, pizzerias, bars and cafes serving fine Italian fare. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and beverages from shops and markets here too.
Gardone Riviera is a fabulous place close to many interesting attractions and is on the principal ferry routes taking tourists to other Lake Garda resorts. For example there is the unusual home of the eccentric poet Gabriele D’Annunzio and the wonderful botanic Heller Garden. Families can enjoy a fun day out at Gardaland, which is one of Italy’s biggest theme parks. The city of Monza is less than an hour away and is famous for its Romanesque-Gothic Duomo of Saint John as well its motor racing track, which stages Formula One racing each year. There are several churches dating back hundreds of years in the city as well. The city of Milan is just an hour and three quarters away and is well worth visiting for its fantastic buildings, museums and shops.
The temperature in Northern Italy does not get as hot in summer as the south, but average maximums in Lombardy are around 29 degrees centigrade in July and August. Temperatures normally stay in the 20 degree centigrade area between May and September. October is usually the wettest month of the year with an average of 110 mm rainfall.
Orio al Serio Airport (BGY) near Bergamo is approximately an hour and 10 minutes drive from Gardone Riviera. Ryanair offers low cost flights to and from domestic and major European airports such as Berlin-Schonefeld (SXF), Brussels-Charleroi (CRL), Dublin (DUB), Liverpool (LPL), London-Stansted (STN) and Madrid (MAD). Alternatively Verona Airport (VRN) is also about one hour and 10 minutes away and has flights to and from Amsterdam (AMS), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Brussels-Charleroi (CRL), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Stansted (STN), Madrid (MAD) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) amongst others. There are car rental companies located at both airports.