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Italian Lakes- Lake Garda

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Oh we love Lake Garda. We went once about 8 years ago when our oldest was 18 mths and again in the summer of 2020 with our 3 children who were 2/5/7yrs.

The first time we stayed at Bella Italia and the second at Del Garda village and Camping.

We liked both but our children were at much more suitable ages the second time to make the most of the on-site facilities.

Both are located in Peschiera del Garda, which is a beautiful town located at the southern end of the lake.

We flew into Verona the first visit and caught a taxi to the Lake, very easy and we hadn't pre booked the taxi.

The second time was a bit more of an adventure, as we booked last minute and the cheapest way was to fly into Milan and catch the train down to Lake Garda. Covid restrictions were in during this visit. Remember those?

The first time we visited we hired a car and drove around the whole lake, visiting the many many gorgeous towns. So many wonderful towns to list. We really tok advantage of our daughters naps and had many a lazy lunch. I found the Southern end of the lake has more of an Italian feel and the Northern more Alpine/ Germanic.

Some ideas of things to do around the lake:

⛴️ Take a ferry to another town for the day, lovely way to travel and keeps the children entertained. There are many destinations and a full timetable.

🚲 Hired bikes and went along the river Mincio at the Southern end of the lake and on another day we cycled round part of the lake.

🚠 Gondola up a mountain at Malcesine Monte Baldo cableway. We really enjoyed this and spectacular views!

🎢 A popular day out but one we haven’t experienced ourselves is Gardaland. A huge theme park complex including sea life centre and Legoland water park. Looks amazing.

🩱Another place we are yet to try but would do next time is Caneva Aquapark! This too looks amazing!

🏊‍♀️ Swimming in the lake is lovely. The water temp was warm when we went. We hired a pedalo too.

🚤 Hire a speed boat for a couple of hours on the lake, you can moor up and take a stroll around a new town, have lunch and sail back.

⛲️Verona is very close and naturally a lovely place to visit.

⛲️ Venice, slightly further afield but possible to take a train there. It takes an average of 2hrs and there are around 27 trains a day from Peschiera del Garda to Venice.

This is making me want to return now and I haven’t even started on the food! 🤤

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