Punta di San Vigilio

Punta di San Vigilio information

The leafy headland of Punta San Vigilio curls out into the lake 3km north of Garda. An avenue of cypress trees leads from the car park towards a gorgeous crescent of bay backed by olive groves. The privately owned Parco Baia delle Sirene has a beach with sun loungers beneath the trees; there's also a children's play area. Prices range from €5 to €9 per adult (€4 to €6 per child) per day between April and September, with reduced admission after 4.30pm. Outside of these months you can enjoy the beautiful location free of charge.

Alternatively, from the parking place walk north a short distance and head off down the paths to a couple of smaller, quieter public coves. The tiny headland is home to the plush Locanda San Vigilio, housed in the Villa Guarienti, designed by star Venetian achitect Sammicheli, and set within a formal Renaissance garden. Its excellent restaurant is at the foot of a cobbled lane, which winds to the lake from the end of the cypress avenue.