With a character as rich and diverse as its terrain, Lake Garda has been a long standing favourite of Inghams guests and for good reason. With its vineyards nestled high in the surrounding verdant mountains, lemon and olive trees lining the streets and chocolate box harbour towns perched delicately on the lakefront, Lago di Garda is a cultural culmination of not just northern and southern Italy but also neighbouring Austria. With azure waters akin to the Ligurian Riviera, imposing baroque architecture similar to that of Puglia's alabaster coastline or the grand towers of Firenze and charming cobbled lanes not unlike the shopping districts of Western Sicily, Lake Garda puts its own historical spin on Italy as we know it. With this in mind, it is not difficult to picture the many poets, writers and actors who have made Lake Garda their home over the years, including the likes of Maria Callas, James Joyce and Tennyson who was known to spend his summers in Sirmione enjoying a limoncello on the lakefront. Each resort boasts its own exports making a boat trip around the lake akin to a world tour as you enjoy the sweetest limoncello in Limone, the sharp and rich flavour of Gran Padana cheese in Desenzano and the succulent olives of Riva as well as the rich and velvety oil that comes from them.
The southern shores of Lake Garda boast stunning man made beaches resting on a low terrain with gentle sloping hills home to pine forests and some of the more modern architecture in the region whereas the north boasts a much more rugged terrain with jagged rock faces and impressive cliffs descending into the sometimes blustery waters which makes the northern resorts of Malcesine and Riva well known for water sports and annual regattas. The year round temperate climate is one of Lake Garda's most unique charms with fresh mountain air and glorious sunshine meeting to create a warmth which envelopes the entire lake and gives life to fruit trees for nearly the full twelve months of the year. The diversity between every resort on the lake means there is certainly no shortage of things to do and see from the art galleries and fashion fairs of Riva, the food tours of Limone and Sirmione, water sports of Riva and castles and Roman remains of Malcesine, there is something for everyone to enjoy.