Continue your journey through the mountains of Northern Italy to Lake Garda - known for its crystal clear water and picturesque landscapes. This charming town is nestled at the base of the alpine mountains and is known as the largest lake in Italy. Medieval castles, fortresses and ruins line the lake’s villages, giving each a unique look and feel.
Start by exploring the harbor town of Riva del Garda. Take a moment to watch locals and tourists launch sail boats or try their luck at windsurfing. Moving inland, visit the Historic Centre to see how Austrian influences mix with Italian style to create unique architecture. Climb to the top of Torre Apponale for a panoramic view of the lively square, or dive into nature by visiting Cascate del Varone’s caves and waterfalls. Take an afternoon to check out some of the colorful, stunning nearby towns. Visit Sirmione, the home of Scaligero Castle or elevate your view in Malcesine with a cable car ride to the top of Monte Baldo. The smell of citrus will follow you in Limone sul Garda, famous for lemon groves.
While visiting Lake Garda, feed your appetite by sampling everything from an appetizer of caviar, to a main course of fresh fish, risotto based dishes, or bigoli. Most dishes are finished with a drizzle of locally produced olive oil. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try persicata, a peachy medieval dessert and quench your thirst with limoncello or Chiaretto, a pink Italian dry rose.