Travelling vacation on Lake Garda

Itinerary for a camper vacation on Lake Garda, including art cities, wonderful sights, rolling hills and lots of fun.

Hinged between the provinces of Trento, Verona and Brescia, Lake Garda, with its characteristic narrow shape in the northern part and wider in the south, is Italy’s largest lake basin. A touring vacation is undoubtedly the best way to explore its territory in total autonomy and freedom. A heritage shared between Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige, Lake Garda, surrounded by striking moraine hills, has always been a favorite destination for campers. The camper or caravan are, in fact, the ideal vehicles for this type of route, and if you do not own one, it may be worthwhile to rely on rental services, including online ones, such as Campanda.

As a starting point you could opt for Peschiera del Garda, a characteristic town with a fortified historic center. Continuing north, you will reach the picturesque village of Lazise, with medieval walls and gates, equipped with a municipal camping site located practically in the historic center, from which a charming promenade leads to Bardolino, a charming resort protected behind by lush, mostly cultivated hills, which offers numerous opportunities for water sports, including water skiing, sailing and rowing. If you are traveling with children, a stop at Gardaland, the number one amusement park in our country, is a must.

Continuing along the Gardesana Orientale in a northerly direction you will reach the elegant town of Garda, which gave its name to the lake, and Malcesine, another beautiful village overlooking the lake. The Gardesana continues meandering until it takes you to Riva del Garda, a Trentino outpost in the northwestern corner of the lake. Along state road 421 towards Ponte Arche, a couple of kilometers from the center of Riva, the Varone waterfall, a geological rarity of extraordinary beauty, is worth a visit.

Then begin the descent along the western shore of the lake, stopping in Limone sul Garda, a jewel of the Gardesana Occidentale rich in suggestive corners, breathtaking views and the characteristic lemon houses, cultivated in terraces above the built-up area. Continue on to Gardone Riviera, with its beautiful lakeside promenade, the Hruska botanical garden and the Vittoriale degli Italiani, a mansion where the writer and poet Gabriele dAnnunzio spent his last years, which has become a veritable open-air museum where you can admire relics, memorabilia and traces of his exaggerated living. Next stops are Salò, situated in a charming gulf at the foot of Mount San Bartolomeo, and Desenzano del Garda. Litinerary in a camper on Lake Garda can be concluded in Sirmione, the pearl of the lake, a charming spa town whose historic center stands on an extremely picturesque peninsula. From Bardolino to Desenzano, from Peschiera to Riva del Garda, from Salò to Sirmione, the areas specially arranged for parking with campers, caravans or caravans are numerous and well equipped to offer every comfort to campers, with special areas for the discharge of clear and black water and columns for the electric connection.

Finally, for further insights, you can read this interesting article from Repubblica.

Riva del Garda
Riva del Garda as seen from the Lake

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