Whether you take a boat trip, hop on the bus or choose to use your own two feet, there are plenty of ways to get around and explore Lake Garda. In the heart of Northern Italy, Lake Garda is the perfect base for day trips to well-known Italian cities like Venice, Milan and Florence too. Here’s a quick guide on the best ways to discover Italy’s largest lake and its surroundings…
On the lake
Ferries are a popular way to get around Lake Garda – from Bardolino the ferries reach many towns in under an hour, so you’ll be out and about and meandering through different towns in no time. And if you’re based in Limone or Malcesine, you can take the time to enjoy the views as you sail down to the south of the lake. Pay a visit to the main ferry port in each town for more information and tickets.
In the south, you can rent a motor boat and explore the lake at your own pace. Many little boats don’t need a license if the engine’s small enough, and rental companies provide life vests and a short lesson on how to navigate them. It makes for a perfect day out under the Italian sun, so gather the family together and get out on the water
On the road
If you’re looking to save time and money, the buses around Lake Garda run regularly and don’t skimp on views. Separate services run along each coast meaning you can take in the rolling hills, old-fashioned villages and vineyards on your way. They don’t take too long either — from Bardolino you can be in Peschiera in just 30 minutes.
On the lakeside promenades
Each town has waterfront paths that you can stroll along and feel the cool breeze off the lake. The promenade between Garda, Bardolino and Lazise is the longest in Lake Garda — it’s a flat 8 kilometres and is a great way to get between the towns.
Many hotels also offer free bike rental, so you can pedal along Lake Garda’s boardwalks or, if you’re feeling up to it, cycle around the entire perimeter of the lake to earn yourself an extra slice of pizza at dinner.
Around Lake Garda
From Peschiera, you can hop on a train and in under 2 hours be exploring Venetian canals, searching for Romeo in Verona or wandering around the fashion capital of the world in Milan.
Or sit back, relax and let us do the work. With a guide and transport taken care of, you can explore Venice by night or head up to Trentino in the day. Choose to visit the historical city of Florence or opt for the day trip to Mantua and Sigurtà – you’ll experience the cultural city Mantua in the morning and while away the afternoon in the peaceful gardens of Sigurtà.
Base yourself by the sunny olive groves of the south or the scenic mountains of the north – start planning your trip to glorious Lake Garda now.