Italy, Lake Garda
The bustling resort of Garda is on the Eastern shore of Lake Garda where the lake broadens and the scenery becomes more gentle. Garda has a backdrop of hills, covered with olive groves, cypress trees and the famous Valpolicella vineyards. In the centre, historic buildings such as the Venetian Palace of the Captains rub shoulders with sophisticated cafés and colourful ice cream parlours which line the wide and attractive tree-lined promenade. The shopping here is varied and the large lakeside Friday market is a popular tradition. Much of Garda is traffic-free, so you can stroll safely around the old cobbled streets. Regular ferry and hydrofoil services access other lakeside resorts and you can enjoy a delightful lakeside walk to neighbouring Bardolino.
The Wine Festival in Bardolino (2-6 October) brings the summer season on Lake Garda to a close. Five days celebrating the new harvest of the grapes from which the famous Bardolino wines are made. Plenty of opportunity to taste the wines and sample regional food specialties, all accompanied by musical concerts ending in a spectacular firework display over the lake.
A night at the opera in the ancient arena in Verona must surely be one of life’s great experiences even if you’re not an opera buff. The 2014 programme (20 June - 7 September) includes Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Aida and Turandot and Madame Butterfly by Puccini. We can arrange tickets either as part of a stay in Verona or as an excursion from our Lake Garda resorts or from Lake Iseo.
Resort Code: ITGA
Languages spoken: English
Time difference: GMT+1
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Transfer Approx. 45mins by coach.
Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.
Self drive is available
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No