Holidays in Gardone Riviera

Gardone rests between a tree-lined waterfront and forested hills – and all within easy reach of some of the prettiest towns on Lake Garda

With its cypress trees, palatial gardens and laid-back atmosphere, Gardone Riviera is one of the most peaceful spots on Lake Garda. The promenade is made for strolling and its waterfront and courtyard terraces are made for feasting – preferably on homemade pasta and freshly caught fish. Heller Botanical Garden is the most intriguing of Gardone’s many gardens, filled with sculptures by the likes of Auguste Rodin and Roy Lichtenstein. On the opposite bank lie Garda and Bardolino, best reached by the ferries that carry walkers and cyclists across the postcard-pretty waters of Lake Garda.

The relaxing riviera

Gardone Riviera offers a relaxed take on life in Lake Garda. Hours can be whiled away strolling between the lemon and cream villas of the tiny town centre, where the piazza dips down to the waterfront. Here, a flower-lined promenade opens onto panoramic lake views – and thankfully, there are lots of benches and restaurant terraces from which to admire them.

The gardens of Gardone

Royalty, politicians and theatre stars have all stayed in Gardone Riviera, funding the extravagant villas and cypress-shaded gardens that decorate the town. Heller Botanical Garden secrets away works of art amongst the 3,000-plus plant species, including sculptures by Rodin and pop art pyramids by Lichtenstein. Meanwhile, the bright facades and gardens of Vittoriale degli Italiani mask a disturbing past as the one-time home of Gabriele D’Annunzio, an Italian poet who inspired Mussolini’s fascist dictatorship. Peaceful wanders lie in the hills that shelter Gardone. Paths climb into the mountains of Alto Garda Bresciano Park, where more challenging climbs are rewarded with panoramic views over Lake Garda.

Dining with a view: lake and mountain fare

Fusion food on the promenade, seafood linguine in an 18th-century osteria, and pizzerias for pizza picnics – Gardone Riviera might be small, but it’s got some great dining options. For a treat, book a table at Lido 84. There’s a beautiful dining room and lake-view terrace, plus a menu that combines mountain and lake ingredients to create dishes like sardine risotto and wisteria-sprinkled fior di latte ice cream; and it’s all topped off with a Michelin star. Wherever you choose to eat, Bardolino is the wine of choice on most menus, pressed from grapes grown just across the water.

Venetian treasures and Shakespearean cities

With the Gardone Riviera as your starting point, Lake Garda is your oyster; thanks to the boats that connect the lakeside towns and villages. Make the short hop south to neighbouring Salo and check out the monastery museum to learn about its long history, from Roman roots to the grim years spent as Mussolini’s HQ. Alternatively, zip directly across the lake to the Venetian treasures of Garda and Bardolino, or voyage north to the mountain-backed towns of Riva del Garda – where the foothills climb up into the dramatic peaks of the Dolomites. Peschiera del Garda, in the south, is home to one of the only railway stations on Lake Garda; trains head directly to Venice and Verona.

Why book a summer holiday in the Gardone Riviera with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of the Gardone Riviera's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to the Gardone Riviera include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

Added value

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

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The iconic Grand Hotel Gardone has been welcoming guests since 1884. Join the likes of Hollywood stars and even Winston Churchill and have a drink in the piano bar. There's a large lakeside terrace where you can enjoy an aperitivo and it's right in the centre of Gardone, so it's the ideal base for exploring the area.

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The Hotel Savoy Palace is on Lake Garda's lakefront and close to the centre of Gardone. Since opening in 1904 it's seen international royalty and film stars who would flock here for the fantastic service, delicious food and un-beatable lake views.

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The Hotel du Lac has a fantastic central location. It's right on the lakeside promenade and the ferry point is just steps away. We love the warm and friendly atmosphere here - and enjoying an ice cream on the lakefront terrace.

 

Excursions

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Venice Classic from £77 per person (full day)

Venice is not to be missed! This excursion allows you to explore the city with a guide and at your own pace. You’ll arrive by coach and grab a water taxi to the centre. You’ll also have the option to add on a gondola ride (payable locally). There’s plenty of time to take in sights of the Basilica, Doge's Palace, St Mark's square and the Rialto bridge  – this is the perfect introduction to one of Italy's most magical cities.

Departs on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Majestic Dolomites from £60 per person (full day)

Start with a scenic drive through the exceptional South Tyrol, Val di Fiemme, Cavalese and Moena regions. You’ll then stop off at Passa Pordoi and take in the incredible views from this 2,000-metre-high vantage point. There’s some free time to explore the terrain at your own pace, either by taking one of the trekking paths or simply enjoying an Aperol at a rifugio and taking in the views. A stop off at the chocolate box town of Ortisei is included on the way back to your hotel as well as plenty of stops for photo opportunities in this awe inspiring landscape.

Departs on Mondays and Fridays. Guests may have the opportunity to go up in a cable car for an additional fee of approx. €23pp (payable locally). Make sure you take some warmer clothes as temperatures really drop when you get up to the top!

Verona from £53 per person (full day)

Verona is one of Italy’s most charming little cities. This day trip dips into the romance of the medieval city, reliving the scenes from Romeo and Juliet while wandering around through the cobbled streets and past ancient buildings. On a walking tour of the city you'll see the impressive 2,000-year-old Roman arena. It's one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world and is currently home to the Verona Opera. Explore the marble paved shopping street of Via Mazzini which leads to the pretty market square Piazza Delle Erbe.

Departs on Fridays, entry tickets to the Roman Arena are not included. 

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Things to do in Gardone Riviera

Things to see and do in Gardone

The Heller Botanical Gardens are a real gem for nature lovers. Designed by the internationally renowned artist, Andre Heller, the gardens are a showcase of pioneering ideas on landscape design and how to integrate are into the setting.

We love getting on a ferry and exploring as many towns as we can. Bardolino and Garda are just across the lake and are a great day out. Isola del Garda is the biggest island on Lake Garda – head here to discover the history of the Roman settlers and wander round the Franciscan monastery. There’s also plenty to do near Gardone itself. The Salò Duomo was built in 1450 and you can go and have a look inside.

Food & drink

This lovely little corner of Lake Garda is a haven for wine lovers. With the Bardolino wine festival happening on the other side of the lake and many of the delicious wines coming from the immediate area, it would be a mistake to leave without sitting on the lakeside promenade with a glass or two.

The food here is pretty great too – you’ll be spoilt for choice with the number of restaurants. You can expect fresh ingredients almost everywhere. Try the local fish or homemade pastas. We love Emiliano’s - it’s great for a filling lunch.

Good to know

  • Buy a day ferry pass to explore Italy’s largest lake by boat
  • Escape into nature and visit the beautiful botanical gardens here
  • Visit the Vittoriale, estate of famous Italian writer Gabriele d’Annunzio and learn more about his eccentric character
  • 24/7 Support and advice: In person or over the phone from our local resort team based in Gardone Riviera
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