Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Lake Garda! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of this beautiful lake’s most important sights.
Beautifully located on the south of the lake, Sirmione boasts one of the best preserved moated fortresses in Europe.
2. MALCESINE & MONTE BALDO
The 13th-century Castello Scaligero is one of the best-known landmarks in Lake Garda. Monte Baldo, a place to escape the heat of summer down on the water.
With its wonderful lakeside promenade (Lungolago), Punta di San Vigilio around the corner and Isola del Garda a few minutes away by boat, the variety of attractions Lake Garda has to offer can all be enjoyed from just one place.
Reminders of the town’s eventful history can be seen all down Lungolago, one of the most elegant promenades on the lake with a sophisticated atmosphere to match.
5. RIVA DEL GARDA
This little town became the haunt of poets, writers and philosophers at the turn of the 20th century. Its grandezza and beautiful architecture can still be seen today.
6. PIAZZA BRA & ARENA DI VERONA
Who wouldn’t want to sit on Verona’s world-famous square, gazing at the Roman amphitheatre and dream of being Romeo or Juliet?
7. PIAZZA DEI SIGNORI
Shakespeare may be better known but the memorial in the centre of Verona honours another great writer, the poet Dante Alighieri who wrote his masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, in this city.
8. PIAZZA DELLE ERBE
Verona’s ‘belly’ – its market – provides a stage for everyday life, set against a magnificent backdrop of palazzi from various eras and the Torre dei Lamberti.
The Città Alta (Old Town) with the Piazza Vecchia is one of the most beautiful places in northern Italy. Simply taking the funicolare from the lower town is an experience in itself.
10. LAGO D’ISEO
Framed by wooded slopes in the southern foothills of the Alps, Lago d’Iseo has the longest lake island in Central Europe – Monte Isola – with a scattering of idyllic villages, olive groves, cherry and chestnut trees.
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