Lake Garda

Lake Garda

This is the page dedicated to Lake Garda on which you can find a complete tourist guide and suggestions about what to visit while planning your trip to the lake. Lake Garda is one of three great lakes in the northern Italy. Its beautiful little towns on the banks of the lake draw an incredible number of tourists each year, who come for its mild climate, walks on the banks of the lake, Italian cuisine and of course to admire the heritage of this region imprisoned in numerous castles, villas and picturesque villages and towns.

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Photos

Photos of Lake Garda

On this page visitors may find the best photos of different towns and tourist attractions of the Lake Garda in Italy. By browsing through this photo gallery our visitors will have a unique opportunity to get to know all tourist attractions of the Lake Garda in just a few minutes. These photo galleries will allow you to get to know a tourist destination as fast as possible and help you choose which tourist attractions you might be interested in visiting.

Photos of Lake Garda

Tourist map

Map of Lake Garda

On this map you can find locations of all tourist attractions, castles, museums and beautiful towns of Lake Garda in northern Italy. This map will help you plan your trip and help you discover what is hidden on the shores of the lake or near the tourist attraction you are interested in visiting.

Tourist map of Lake Garda

History

History of Lake Garda
Garda Lake is the largest lake in Italy and the third deepest after Lake Como and Maggiore. Apart from its numerous natural wonders, mild climate and its historical importance, nowadays the Lake Garda is mostly known for tourism. As it is so close to the northern border of Italy, the lake is mostly visited by tourists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

History of Lake Garda

Towns

Towns in Lake Garda

This page is dedicated to all picturesque towns on the Lake Garda in north Italy. These beautiful towns are main tourist attractions of the lake, as because of their unique compact architecture, narrow streets packed with different cafes, restaurants, shops and numerous castles. These towns are often just temporary stops for the visitors who usually visit more than one town during their visit to the lake, therefore with this list we help you plan with which town you should start this fairytale and with which to end.

Towns in Lake Garda

Attractions

Attractions in Lake Garda

This page is dedicated to all tourist attractions of the Lake Garda in northern Italy. Apart from beautiful coastal towns, there are also numerous castles, several museums and archeological sites that enrich the tourist offer of the Lake Garda. Since there is not a large number of such locations, we decided to put them all in one category under the cumulative name - Attractions. Some of the castles of the lake are so beautiful that will inspire the imagination of most visitors, while, for example, Malcesine cable car will raise your blood pressure while in a few instances you get from the coast of the lake to the 1800 high peak of the nearby Mountain.

Attractions in Lake Garda

History of Lake Garda

Garda Lake is the largest lake in Italy and the third deepest after Lake Como and Maggiore. Apart from its numerous natural wonders, mild climate and its historical importance, nowadays the Lake Garda is mostly known for tourism. As it is so close to the northern border of Italy, the lake is mostly visited by tourists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The lake was formed by a glacier towards the end of the last Ice Age. This is the reason why it is of a typical form of a lake made by a glacier - narrow and deep. The influence of the Roman Empire grew constantly in the region of the Lake Garda, which was populated by the Cenomani tribe. The first allegiance between the Romans and the Cenomani occurred already in 225 BC, while the complete Romanization of the region happened between 2nd and 1st century BC. In 268, a large battle occurred on the banks of the Lake Benaco (the name of the Lake Garda in the Roman period) in which German coalition forces Alemanni were defeated by the Roman Imperator Claudius II (commonly known as Claudius Gothicus) in which Alemanni suffered great losses and the security of the northern border was ensured for a long time. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the Lombards occupied the southern and eastern banks of the Lake Garda. In the 13th century the whole of its eastern bank fell under the rule of Scaligera Family of Verona (family alla Scala), which built numerous impressive defensive structures, such as: Sirmione Fortress, Malcesine Fortress, Riva del Garda Fortress (on the Lake Garda) and a vast defensive wall east of the lake. In the 14th century, the territory of the lake fell under the rule of Visconti Family (Dukes of Milan), while already in the 15th century the eastern banks were under the rule of the Venetian Republic. In 1426, even its western banks fell under the rule of Venice.

History of Lake Garda

Tourist destinations in Italy:

Venice

The city of canals, numerous islands and bridges, the city of gondolas, beautiful architecture, breathtaking palaces, the city of the carnival and masks, in a few words – a city with which one can fall in love easily. All of these words describe Venice as one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world. Venice offers so much to visitors: palaces and buildings that will take you on a trip through the rich history of this unique city, numerous canals to cross on foot or by a gondola, numerous islands that still stay hidden to most tourists, as well as a large number of tourist sights and museums.

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Rome

The eternal city, a city of glorious ancient times, a city of history, the cradle of Roman Catholic Church - are just some attributes that distinguish Rome from other popular tourist destinations. Tourists will be able to take a peek at the beauty and glory of once the most important city in the world and to enjoy its more modern architectural jewels, mostly built by different Popes. Don’t just visit Coliseums and Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Rome has so much more to offer.

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Ravenna

Ravenna is a city of history, numerous monuments that testify of it turbulent past as well as its glory as the capital city of Empires and Kingdoms. The main attractions of Ravenna are certainly its churches and mosaics that all date back to the 5th and 6th century and the early Christian societies in Europe. The scale and beauty of colorful Byzantine mosaics, their historical significance as well as monuments that date back to the Ostrogoths’ were even recognized by UNESCO who included 8 sites in this small city on their World Heritage list. Ravenna is a city that allows its visitors to embark on a journey through history and especially through history of Byzantine, from the civilization of which, only traces have survived around the world.

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Milan

Milano is a city of fashion, a city fascinated with the illusion of beauty, a city of beautiful Gothic architecture, a city of culture, city of young people, city of fairs and architectural accomplishments. All of the previously mentioned attributes describe Milan, the business capital of Italy, that reveals its charm to its visitors just after a second glance. To modern tourists Milan offers impressive buildings, numerous museums, beautiful religious buildings, culture as the mixture of the modern trends and the tradition that goes back to the Roman Empire, splendid shopping zones and different nightlife zones that will satisfy tastes of all visitors.

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Lake Garda

This is the page dedicated to Lake Garda on which you can find a complete tourist guide and suggestions about what to visit while planning your trip to the lake. Lake Garda is one of three great lakes in the northern Italy. Its beautiful little towns on the banks of the lake draw an incredible number of tourists each year, who come for its mild climate, walks on the banks of the lake, Italian cuisine and of course to admire the heritage of this region imprisoned in numerous castles, villas and picturesque villages and towns.

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