Lasize, Garda Lake

Bellissimo Lago di Garda…

Travelled in: Multiple trips in 2015/2016

Lake Garda or Lago di Garda, (if you want to go by the Italian name), is located in Northern Italy. It is the largest lake in the country, making it a popular holiday destination for not only the Italians, but also the Germans and Austrians who drive across the borders to venture to Lake Garda to spend their summers camping around the lake. There are some lovely towns around the lake to explore, beaches to sunbathe on and the surrounding area is covered with vineyards, so you can be sure you will be drinking the best of Italian wine!

I was lucky enough to live an hour and a half drive away from the Lake during my time living in Italy. I spent quite a few weekends here visiting as many of the cute surrounding towns as I could. I managed to visit 5 all on the southern side of the lake, so here are my recommendations for a visit to this beautiful part of Italy…


Arriving to Lake Garda…

The closest airport to Lake Garda would be Verona, however you could also fly in to Milan or Venice as both are roughly a 2 hour drive or a train journey away.

If you arrive by train the main stations to come in to are Peschiera Del Garda, Garda or Desenzano Del Garda, both on the southern side of the lake. You can look up train times here.


Staying in Lake Garda…

Looking at accommodation away from the lake can bring the price of your stay down a lot, you also get a lot more for your money and the countryside scenery is guaranteed to be beautiful. I went on many day trips to the lake, but only stayed over twice, both were great and really close to the lake…

Agriturismo Colombarino – This hotel was amaazing! Set within a Vineyard, down some Italian country lanes, it was a beautiful setting for a lovely hotel! It is about a 15 minute drive down to Desenzano Del Garda and Sirmione. The hotel is an agriturismo so you can also do wine tasting and have dinner here.

Mod 05 Living Hotel, Sandra – I stayed here as a base when visiting Lasize and Verona with my family. It is only a short drive to the lake, has free parking and is in a convenient location for getting on to the highway.


Travelling around Lake Garda…

To make the most of a trip to Lake Garda I would highly recommend renting a car, this way you can easily get around and experience many of the towns and attractions the lake and surrounding area has to offer. If you opt for staying outside of the main towns and then drive in, you will always find free parking if you are prepared to walk for 10/15mins to get into the centers… look out for white parking bays as these are free (some may have a time limit), blue bays you will need to pay for and yellow/red are usually permits or no parking.

Other ways to get between towns are buses… you can check out timetables here. There are also the ferries which go across the lake between some of the towns, check out the timetables here.


Eating around Lake Garda…

Podere Selva Capuzza – Probably one of the best restaurants I have ever been to! The food and wine were incredible, the ambiance in the restaurant was so nice and it offers amazing value for money! For under 40 euros you can get a set tasting menu which includes a welcome aperitivo, antipasti, primi, secondi and desert, as well as a bottle of wine whilst surrounded by farm land and vineyards!

Trattoria La Goccia – This is a really nice place to go if you want to dine al-fresco. They have a lovely outdoor area and the food was really good! Some plates they will bring out and cook in front of you.

La Cremeria di Lazise – Gelato is probably one of my favourite things to eat ever and from this little place right next to the harbour in Lasize it is exceptionally good, a must try if you are in the area!


Places to visit around Lake Garda…

Sirmione, Lake Garda

Sirmione – Right in the middle of the southern side of the lake is Sirmione, it is probably the most picturesque town out of all I am about to talk about, however it is also the most touristy. The town is set inside a Fortress which makes for a pretty impressive entrance to the center. Surrounded by water on both sides there are some great rocky beaches. Sirmione is also know for its thermal baths and the main one is located right in the center of town. There is also the Grotte di Catullo where you can see some ancient Italian ruins as well as getting a great view of the lake.

Lake Garda

Desenzano Del Garda – A short drive from Sirmione is Desenzano. There are loads of shops, restaurants and bars in the center and around the harbour. During the summer months along the water front in the evening there is a nightly firework display. There is also a small pebbled beach a short walk from the center where you can hire pedalos and do some water sports.

Lasize – On the opposite side of the lake is Lasize. This is one of my favourite places as it’s just so pretty. The narrow streets are full of so much character, the waterfront has an amazing view of the mountains in the background and there is a long “sandy” beach to sunbathe on. I use the ” ” as it is no bondi beach, but it is one of the only places around the lake where you wont be lying on pebbles, due to this the water is not the clearest so I didn’t really find it very nice to swim in. Lasize is also a great spot if you like camping as there are camp sites all down the coastline.  If you are heading to the lake to visit one of the many theme parks such as Garda Land, they are all located between Peschiera and Lasize so either of these towns allow easy access to the theme parks, just expect there to be lots of traffic around the area in high summer.

Peschiera Del Garda

Peschiera Del Garda – This area is actually home to my favourite Italian wine “Lugana”, so a very good reason to pay this little town a visit… I wouldn’t say Peschiera is my favourite of the Garda towns, but it is one of the more accessible and it has a nice beach. The area around the fort is really pretty and there is a raised grass area very close to this where occasionally town events are held.

Bardolino – This town is the place to go for a fun night out on the lake. There are loads of bars which come alive in the evening, up on the Bardolino hill there is also a club called “Hollywood”, which is Italy’s answer to a London West End club. Slightly up the coast from Bardolino is Parco Baia delle Sirenea, I came here with a friend once and completely forgot the name of it so didn’t manage to go back again, but I absolutely loved it, probably one of the best places if you want to relax on a beach for the day around Garda… It is essentially a private park where you pay a small entrance fee of 12 euros and you are free to use all facilities within the grounds including a pebbled beach, sunloungers, table tennis, showers, picnic areas and a cafe.


 

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  • Helen Reply

    I love Garda too Sofie!!! Amazing tips thank you so much, will make sure to visit some of the places you have recommended that I have not managed to visit yet. Also Hollywood nightclub sounds super fun ✌? ?

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