Discovering Lake Garda and the city of lovers, Verona
With its cobalt blue waters and its 370 km surface, Lake Garda represents the natural border between three northern regions: Veneto, Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige.
It is the largest freshwater basin in Italy and also the most picturesque.
In Roman times, Lake Garda was a divinity referred to as Benacus, and has increasingly become a cultural, economic and tourist area over time
We will move from one bank to another, discovering its villages with picturesque harbors, its castles, the fortresses set on the mountain and also the most beautiful beaches of this unforgettable corner of Italy, where you can forget the stress and haste. You will then spend a few days discovering Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, being captivated by its Roman and medieval remains, by exploring the alleys and its enchanting squares overlooked by ancient palaces with wonderful terraces.
Best season : From April to November
Included / Not Included
Arrival and Departure from Verona Airport (Venice)
Assistance upon arrival at the airport
Car rental with insurance
7 nights in the hotel minimum 3-star hotel / B&B with double room accommodation
Visit to archaeological sites and monuments
Best restaurants and agritourism
Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM
Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants
Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French
Flights to/from your home city
Meals where not mentioned
Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
Arrival at Verona airport where you will be greeted by an Italy Trails representative who will welcome you and give you the travel tools.
You will be accompanied to the desk to collect the rental car and, after the bureaucratic formalities have been dealt with, you can leave immediately for Sirmione.
This ancient fishing village is located on the tip of the homonymous peninsula which extends for 4 km into the lake. Approaching the center, you will have to leave the car to continue on foot.
After cooling off at the hotel, and depending on your arrival time, you can decide whether to take a walk to admire an enchanting glimpse of the lake, or relax with an aperitif by the lake, waiting for your first Italian dinner.
Overnight in Hotel
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we invite you to discover the Catullus Caves, located on the top of a hill with a breathtaking view of the lake. You can reach them by walking about 20 minutes or by train that will bring you directly to the entrance.
The Roman domus kept inside the archaeological area of the Catullus Caves, which take their name from the great Latin poet who lived in Sirmione, represents one of the greatest residential villas of antiquity. The original structure had three floors and long panoramic terraces overlooking the two sides of the lake, a large olive grove and now also a museum full of discoveries also found in other Roman villas on the lake.
The efficient spa section, with its large swimming pool, testifies to the importance of Sirmione as a spa destination in Roman times. After a stop for lunch (consult the list of places that will be provided with the travel material), you can visit the Scaliger Castle, dating back to the mid-thirteenth century, still perfectly preserved. Directly overlooking the lake, it is accessed via a drawbridge. You can visit the crenellated towers and the walkways that will allow you to admire the lake, the dock and all the surrounding areas. The entrance to the Castle is also the only way to enter the historic center of Sirmione, where it will be an adventure itself to get lost in the alleys, ancient workshops, and splendid modern shops.
Dinner in a restaurant of your choice and overnight at the hotel.
Upon your awakening and after a good breakfast, you will leave Sirmione to head towards the town of Garda. To get there, you will travel the wonderful road that runs alongside the lake, along which you can photograph enchanting views.
The village is located in one of the most beautiful coves of the Veronese coast and borders the tourist places of Torri del Benaco and Bardolino.
The name Garda comes from the German word warte (guard, lookout) and refers to the fortress, which was one of the most important observation points in the region in the Middle Ages.
There is various evidence that the area was occupied in prehistoric times, such as the remains of stilt houses dating back to the Bronze Age, or the graffiti on Monte Luppia representing animals, wars, knights, trees and mazes. The historic center still exerts the charm of the medieval city with small colored houses that flank the narrow alleys, but there are also numerous villas and historic buildings.
To the north east of the cove is Punta San Vigilio, a small peninsula that stretches into the lake surrounded by secular cypresses, where you will find a chapel, a guesthouse, a villa, a small port and the wonderful Baia delle Sirene. A wonderful avenue, called Viale dei Cipressi, flanks the park and, a little further on, stands an ancient sixteenth-century villa, the Villa del Sammicheli. The cobbled street, stone walls, ivy-covered battlements, and a centuries-old trunk will make you believe that you have ended up in the past. A small square in the shade of the large tree and a charming “tavern bar” will allow you to enjoy a drink while admiring this enchanted place.
Overnight in Hotel
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