I have just spent a week in Garda, visiting family and friends and have realised that I have not yet wrote a post about my home town. I was born exactly in Peschiera del Garda and grew up in Garda until the age of nineteen, when I took off for foreign lands. But Garda is still my home and it’s really a great place to be from, as people tell me.
As you may have realised by now, Garda takes the name of the lake, which is the biggest lake in Italy.
Let’s get to the important stuff.
When to go?
May, June, July, August, September and October are the best months to visit any village of the Lake because all the hotels and restaurants are open, the weather is nice and there are a lot of events going on.
Where to go?
I may be biased but I believe the eastern side of Lake Garda is the most beautiful one. With Garda dominating the gulf and Torri and Malcesine stunning for their castles, every village is cobblestoned and very picturesque. Garda’s rival city has always been Bardolino (the Glasgow-Edinburgh friendly kind of rivalry-someone may object on the ‘friendly’). Bardolino is accessible from Garda on a pedestrian promenade 2 miles long.
I suggest Bardolino if you’re looking for trendy cocktail bars and clubs, something that is not available in Garda or the other villages, which are much quieter.
For the real Garda experience you should eat and drink like locals at the ‘Can & Gato’ Osteria. Forget about dinner at 6 pm and head to ‘Can & Gato’ instead for free nibbles while you have a glass of wine or a beer.
Should I hire a car?
Yes, there is no train line from Lazise to Riva del Garda and buses are limited.
Where should I fly to?
You can fly to Verona, Venice, Milano Bergamo Orio al Serio or Malpensa, but be prepared for the 2.5 hour drive or bus+train travel to reach the eastern side of the lake.