On Lake Garda, one of the most popular destination is Sirmione – called the pearl of the lake-, a famous thermal location well known already in roman times. It remains a roman magnificent villa, at the end of the peninsula, nowadays called ‘Grottos’, which can be visited and offer magnificent views of the lake. Sirmione is a small town dominated by a medieval Castle and full of ice-cream shops. On a boat (extra fee to be paid) we can reach Salò, famous town on the lake, because Benito Mussolini founded the ‘Italian Social Republic’ here in September 1943. A few kilometers north of Salò, in Gardone Riviera the atmosphere changes completely: among various luxurious villas there is the ‘Vittoriale degli Italiani’, former residence of the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. We can also visit the Hruska botanical garden, surrounded with alpine flora but also Mediterranean and tropical vegetation.
Following the western coast of the lake you will reach Gargnano and admire Villa Feltrinelli where Mussolini used to live with his mistress and then reach the picturesque town of Limone. Riva del Garda and Torbole bring us to the Trentino region and the typical atmosphere of the XIXth century when the Habsburgs ruled this area.
Soon we can see Malcesine, a small fisherman’s village with a medieval castle from the time of the Della Scala domination perched atop a rock looking over the lake. A short stop is mandatory and you can explore the narrow and quite steep alleys paved with cobblestones.
Many famous people visited Punta San Vigilio, near the town of Garda, where the beautiful renaissance villa overlooking the ‘Bay of Sirens’ hosted, amongst others, Maria Luisa duchess of Parma, the emperor of Russia Alexander, Winston Churchill, various members of the British and Spanish royalty, Laurence Olivier.
Finally we stop in two small medieval towns along the way: both Garda and Bardolino offer interesting architecture, ancient churches, many shopping opportunities and endless views of the biggest lake of Italy, but Lazise and Peschiera are the ones that deserve a stop if your interest is history and architecture: Lazise is sorrounded by medieval walls and towers hiding a lovely port; Peschiera is a water fortress crossed by a canal where fishermen still park their boats just in front of the restaurant terraces.
DURATION: 4 hours (for extensions, please visit our Rates page)
MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION: the bus or car of the clients is necessary for this tour (departure point to be decided with your guide). Maximum height of the bus 3,5 meters due to tunnels between Gargnano and Riva del Garda.
SUITED FOR: groups, families, individuals, visitors with reduced mobility*
*Some parts of our tour have uneven surfaces and there are few steps along the way. Some towns have steep alleys paved with cobblestones.
THIS TOUR IS AVAILABLE IN: Italian, English, German, French, Rumanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Japanese. Ask for the language you are interested in.
FOR WHOEVER HAS AN EXTRA DAY: Verona, Soave, Valpolicella, The Rice Road tour.
We reserve the right to slightly modify this itinerary if necessary.
ASSOGUIDE is not responsible for changes in the opening hours of the various attractions.
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