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 (29 Sep-3 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 2016 programme (24 June - 28 August) sees the return of the all-time favourite Aida by Verdi loved for its lavish scenery and costumes. But there alre also performances of La Traviata and Il Trovatore by Verdi and Turandot by Puccini, as well as the return of Bizet's much-loved opera, Carmen. If you are staying in Garda we can book any of the preformances (listed on the Verona opera page) and transport to and from Verona is included in addition to your Opera ticket. However, not all perfomances may be available. Performances start at 9pm but you will be taken to Verona in plenty of time to enjoy a pre-opera dinner in a restaurant of your choice.
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