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The lago di Garda (lake of Garde is the largest lake in Italia. It has a warm climate as it is protected from northerly winds. This microclimate allows palm trees, lemon trees, cypress, oleander to grow splendidly. It is framed by hills, smoother on the eastern bank, steeper on the western bank. A dozen of small towns are scattered along the road that circles it : on the South bank Desenzano, Sirmione and Peschiera del Garda. On the eastern bank Garda, Torri del Benaco and a lot of smaller cities. Riva del Garda on the North. On the Eastern bank, Limone sul Garda, Gardone and Salò.

Peschiera del Garda, Arilica for the ancient Romans, is built on several islets in the mouth of river Mincio and as it has always been a strategic place, successive rulers in charge of the city have developed strong defenses : one after the other, the Bizantines, the Lombards, the Scaligeri family, Carlo Magno, Berengario. In the following centuries the Visconti and Venice, followed by the French with Napoléon and the Austrians. It was not until the Unity of Italy that these defenses became useless.

The whole area around the lago di Garda is very touristy and it is better to visit out of the high season. In early May, it was perfect with enough visitors but not too much, driving and parking were easy, except in Garda because of an extensive market (Friday May 6th). The eastern bank of the Lago di Garda belongs to the Veneto province (Venice province), the western bank to the Lombardy province and the north part to the Trentino-Alto Adige province.

  • Last visit to Lago di Garda: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 14, 2005
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2010 at 5:18 AM

    Great Lago di Garda travel page. It certainly has lots of wonderful and interesting tourist attractions. We certainly hope to visit Lago di Garda one day. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2008 at 5:39 AM

    The Scaligeri Castle looks wonderful. Too bad you did not have the time to visit. The Porto & Marina are indeed beautiful as is the Pink House. But the donkey stew - no thanks!

  • Sep 1, 2008 at 3:03 AM

    Nice work. I like the picture of Torri del Benaco, The port and the piazzetta. Also nice pictures too!

  • Marina_tom's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Lago di Garda is very, very beautiful! I was very surprised how nice is there! It's a great place for spending a short holiday or weekend there! Nice pictures and great tips!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2006 at 11:29 PM

    Nice page and info. I visited only once this area - but was impressed by it's beauty

  • Diana75's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2006 at 4:33 AM

    Simply beautiful! I've passed many times nearby but never stopped. I'll have to do it next time. Wonderful pictures and tips, Jean-Louis.

  • Myndo's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2006 at 12:06 PM

    Reminds me on my time here years ago, Very nice page and excellent pictures again. You also seem to be very interested in architecture, right?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2006 at 3:52 AM

    an interesting page bringing back great memories ! I had no idea, there were also "Austrian Barraks", remains of the austrian empire before WW I

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2005 at 5:58 AM

    very nice page - makes me want to hop over to JFK (3 km. from here} and jump on Alitalia.

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2005 at 11:16 AM

    excellent page, glad to be here next May


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