Exploring Italy’s Lake Garda District
August 25 2016
Just a short train ride from Italy’s top cities of Verona, Venice, and Milan, the Lake Garda district is part of the country’s northern culture with beautiful nature, amazing food, and a surprising amount of unusual and quirky things to do. The region has a number of historical sites dating back to Roman times, but it’s also an important area of Italy’s independence and a crossover point during Napoleon’s time. Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake, and the surrounding area in the Verona state is packed full of tourist activities. It’s just a matter of knowing where to go and what to do.
Use the guide below as a taste of the Lake Garda region, but for more information including how to get there and what else to see, visit lagodigardaveneto.com.
5 Places to Visit in the Lake Garda Region
Shakespeare immortalized this Italian city in Romeo and Juliet, and Verona has capitalized on its romantic fame. There’s an historic garden courtyard which has been identified as “Juliet’s balcony,” and it’s free and easy to visit. It’s guaranteed to be crowded, but it’s still worth a visit for the story itself. Inside Juliet’s balcony, you’ll also find a wall full of love messages and a small statue of Juliet. Elsewhere in the city, Verona is home to one of Italy’s most famous Roman amphitheaters — the Verona Arena — dating back to the first century! Opera performances still happen regularly during the season.
Just outside of Verona is the Nicolis Museum — a museum unlike most other ones in Italy. You won’t find Renaissance artwork here! It’s dedicated to cars, technology, and mechanics, with over 200 vintage cars, 120 antique bicycles, 100 motorbikes, and even parts of Formula 1 racing cars. Other technological instruments like vintage cameras, musical instruments, and typewriters fill out the other rooms of the museum.
Peschiera del Garda
The town of Peschiera del Garda sits on the edges of Lake Garda, and is home to an island fortress. The small, picturesque town reenacts battles from Italy’s independence each year in an annual festival, but it’s also become a year-round destination for fans of river and lake sports, such as rowing and sailing. The sleepy town is a quiet and peaceful hideaway, with all the picturesque trappings of an Italian city — including the good food!
Gardaland is Italy’s largest amusement park, with roller coasters, themed rides, an aquarium, and plenty of junk food. It’s a fun escape, and each October the amusement park transforms into an American-themed Halloween park, with haunted houses and trick-or-treaters.
The #1 reason to visit Valeggio? Food, of course! This small town just outside of Verona, in the Mincio River valley, is famous for tortellini. This is where tortellini were first created! Today, you can take tortellini cooking classes here, and even get a chance to try some more unusual varieties. Did you know that sometimes tortellini is fried as a snack food? Delicious!
And that’s a wrap! Have you ever been to the Lake Garda district? If so, what did you think? If not, would you like to visit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!