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The sight of Italy’s largest lake, shimmering and nestled among towering mountains and tall trees, is enough to instil a sense of wonder in even the most seasoned traveller. Lake Garda has earned a solid reputation for being awe inspiring, beautiful and charming. Visitors can enjoy Lake Garda’s fantastic views, go on hiking trails and boat trips, and admire the fragrant lemon trees.
Lake Garda doesn’t have its own airport, but you can access the towns across the lake by public transport easily from Verona and Milan’s airports. Most travellers choose to fly to Verona, the closest airport to Lake Garda, but Milan’s connections mean that the extra distance is barely noticeable.
Trains from Verona to Lake Garda’s main stations, Desenzano and Peschiera, take approximately 30 minutes, or around an hour from Milan. Getting to the train station is straightforward, since Milan airport has its own train station, and Verona airport has regular buses between the airport and train station. Alternatively, there’s a direct bus from Verona airport to Lake Garda if you’d prefer a longer journey without any changes.
Public transport doesn’t run particularly early or late, so make sure you check your arrival time against up to date timetables. If you land when there’s no public transport available, you can hire a car and make the most of Garda’s scenic driving routes or take a taxi. Bear in mind that taxis add a 20% surcharge to journeys taken between 10pm and 6am. Factor this into your budget.
Scaligero castle is probably the first thing you’ll spot when you arrive at Lake Garda. The castle sits prettily atop Monte Baldo, proudly overlooking the water. You can explore the castle and its spectacular grounds by taking a cable car up to the top of the mountain. Your other option is to hike all the way up! Make the most of this grand setting and enjoy the best views in town as you look out onto Lake Garda and its surroundings from above. Are you feeling brave? You can even paraglide back down the mountain when you’re finished!
Gardaland is Lake Garda’s answer to Disneyland. Thrill seekers, little ones and anyone else in between will have a day packed full of fun, cute merchandise and hot dogs. Pick up your tickets at the park and you’ll open the doors up to a range of different attractions. Whether you want to try all the rides, visit the aquarium or eat in one of the themed restaurants, you and your travelling companions will be able to stay entertained for the whole day. There’s simply so much to do here!
Lake Garda’s picturesque scenery is the stuff of dreams. Browse and book using the Expedia search tool to find flights and hotels, however, and it doesn’t have to be. Take a look and you could be walking beside the glistening water sooner than you think.