Italy, Lake Garda
The Gardone Riviera, situated on the west coast of Lake Garda consists of two separate resorts: Gardone and Salò. Surrounded by lakeside mountains, the Gardone Riviera has a fantastic subtropical microclimate that brings you warm balmy summer days. Gardone is situated around a pretty harbour, and Italian history and culture can be found in abundance in this area and there are plenty immaculately kept buildings and gardens. When not distracted by the stunning mountain and lakeside views, Gardone Riviera is also home to the Heller Botanical Gardens, which houses over 2,000 different species of subtropical plants. Exploring the other lakeside towns has never been easier either, with plenty of ferries running back and forth across the lake.
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 specialities, all accompanied by musical concerts ending in a spectacular firework display over the lake. Bardolono is easily reached by ferry from Gardone Riviera.
Taking place in May in Riva del Garda, the Musica Riva Festival is a celebration of music across different venues in the town. With the lakeside setting making the perfect backdrop, this small festival is a must for romantic music lovers.
Even if jazz music isn’t to your taste, the Garda Jazz Festival isn’t to be missed. Taking place in Riva del Garda in August, the festival really brings the warm summer evenings to life with music.
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 are 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 Salò or Gardone we can book any of the performances (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: GRR
Languages spoken: English
Time difference: GMT+0
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Transfer Approx. 1hr 30mins 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