Attractions

Beach in Garda & Punta San Vigilio

Punta San Vigilio

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. There the Parco Baia …
Museum in Torri del Benaco

Castello Scaligero

This atmospheric museum packs a wealth of history into the rough stone walls of a 14th-century castle. The fortification was built in 1338 as part of the Della Scala family's attempts to fend off the Venetian Republ…
Museum in Bardolino

Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva

Some 2km south of Bardolino in Cisano, the most impressive exhibits at this well-laid-out museum are the monster grape presses, some of which used mule power to drive them. Other displays chart the history of olive …
Church in Bardolino

Pieve di San Zeno

Flee the gelato and Aperol brigade for a pilgrimage to this ancient miniature church, concealed in a picturesquely shabby courtyard north of the main road. Dating from the 9th century, it's one of the finest pieces …
Castle in Malcesine

Castello Scaligero

From Via Capitanato winding lanes lead to the chalky-white Castello Scaligero. This late-6th-century fortress was built by the Franks and consolidated by the Della Scala family, who ruled Malcesine between 1277 and …
Museum in Bardolino

Museo del Vino

Just off the main lake road, the Museo del Vino is set within the Zeni winery and rarely has a museum smelt this good. Rich scents waft around displays of wicker grape baskets, cooper's tools, drying racks and gigan…
Market in Garda & Punta San Vigilio

Market

It's worth timing a visit to Garda to coincide with its exuberant Friday market, one of the biggest on the lake's eastern bank. Look out for Lake Garda lemons and jars of golden local honey.
Church in Lazise

Chiesa di San Nicolò

The Romanesque Church of Saint Nick, the patron of fishermen, sits squat by the lapping harbour as it has done since the 11th century. Inside lurk the remnants of 14th-century frescoes.
Waterfront in Lazise

Promenade

Paved in waves of marble and brick, Lazise's promenade is the best on this side of Lake Garda. Grab an ice cream, feed the swans and lap up those views.
Park in Garda & Punta San Vigilio

Parco Baia delle Sirene

The privately owned Parco Baia delle Sirene rents sun loungers beneath the trees on Punta San Vigilio's beach. Entry is free at sunset.