Top things to do in Lake Garda & Around

Top Choice Palace in Mantua

Palazzo Ducale

For more than 300 years the enormous Palazzo Ducale was the seat of the Gonzaga – a family of wealthy horse breeders who rose to power in the 14th century to become one of Italy's leading Renaissance families. Their…
Top Choice Museum in Gardone Riviera

Il Vittoriale degli Italiani

Poet, soldier, hypochondriac and proto-Fascist, Gabriele d'Annunzio (1863–1938) defies easy definition, and so does his estate. Bombastic, extravagant and unsettling, it's home to every architectural and decorative …
Top Choice Lombard in Lake Garda & Around

Dal Pescatore

Petals of egg pasta frame slices of guinea fowl caramelised in honey saffron; silky tortellini are stuffed to bursting with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and candied mostarda (fruit in a sweet-mustard sauce). You practi…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Sirmione

Grotte di Catullo

Occupying 2 hectares at Sirmione's northern tip, this ruined 1st century AD Roman villa is a picturesque complex of teetering stone arches and tumbledown walls, some three storeys high. It's the largest domestic Rom…
Top Choice Italian in Riva del Garda & Around

Restel de Fer

Going to the restaurant at this family-run locanda (inn) feels like dropping by a friend's rustic-chic house: expect worn leather armchairs, copper cooking pots and glinting blue glass. The menu focuses on seasonal,…
Top Choice Trattoria in Salò

Al Cantinone

It's well worth heading just a few streets back from the waterfront to track down this friendly neighbourhood trattoria, home to gingham tablecloths, fabulous cooking smells and a clutch of regulars playing cards in…
Top Choice Agriturismo in Valtenesi

Agriturismo i Vegher

Well worth the journey along unsurfaced roads and the long booking lead times (book at least a month in advance for holiday weekends, otherwise about two weeks), I Vegher is a place you'll want to arrive at hungry. …
Top Choice Osteria in Riva del Garda & Around

Osteria Le Servite

Tucked away in Arco's wine-growing region, this elegant little osteria (tavern) serves dishes that are so seasonal the menu changes weekly. You might be eating mimosa gnocchi, tender salmerino (Arctic char) or organ…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Sirmione

La Rucola 2.0

Boasting a Michelin star, Sirmione's best eatery is a refined affair. A recent makeover lends modern freshness to the experience while the chefs add a touch of class to a menu strong on sea and lake fish. Expect sea…
Top Choice Osteria in Bardolino

Il Giardino delle Esperidi

Holidaying gourmets should head for this intimate little osteria, where sourcing local delicacies is a labour of love for its sommelier-owner. The intensely flavoured baked truffles with parmigiano reggiano (Parmesa…