A day exploring with the dulcet tones of Dean Martin
Weaving through the narrow tunnels carved-out from mountains, with the wind in our hair and opal waters ahead. Yes, we are touring Lake Garda in northern Italy, by car.
We wish we had allowed more time around Lake Garda as the scenery and little towns are so picturesque.
However, we were really pleased that we toured around the lake to appreciate its beauty from north to south.
Our route around Lake GardaWhere were we heading?
We started from our base of Limone Sul Garda on the northwest shores of the lake.
Although to be perfectly honest you’re going in a circle, so it doesn’t really matter where you start.
We chose a few destinations for the route; however, for this one-day itinerary, it is also about enjoying the landscape too.
During our independent tour of Lake Garda we stayed in Limone-Sul-Garda at Casa Albergo Sorriso for 3 nights and could so easily have stayed longer, the location is wonderful. We chose a room with a lake view, and it was stunning.
The hotel has free parking just outside, it is only around a five-minute stroll down into the heart of the old town, although, a few minutes longer back up.
Our stops were to be; Peschiera del Garda, Salò and the hilltop Sanctuary of Montecastello, Tignale.
We’d visited Malcesine the previous day by boat from Limone Sul Garda.
Our First Tip
Driving distance around Lake Garda
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Peschiera del Garda
The further south of Lake Garda you head, you’ll begin to notice that the mountains disappear in your rear-view mirror and it’s a lot flatter than in the north. It’s also got a lot busier.
Passing through Porta Verona, we reach the town of Peschiera del Garda in the Veneto region. We are now in the southeast corner of the lake and jump out to discover it further.
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The circular route
Heading up the western shores to Salò
We continue around the south of Lake Garda and start to head north, up to the western shoreline. At times the main route takes you slightly inland, and you are unable to follow the lakeside around. The drive is scenic nonetheless, as you pass by olive groves and honeysuckle bushes.
Now in the Lombardy region of Lake Garda, we stop at Salò, this town was recommended to us by a local, so we were definitely going to take a peek.
Quiet towns of Lake Garda
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Views over Lake GardaThe Sanctuary of Montecastello
We kept going and made it to the top, and yes, the views were amazing. The monastery looked as though it was just clinging onto the edge of the mountain side.
It was a bit of a hazy day, so, unfortunately, the views weren’t perfect, but hey we got to the top.
Although we should have done a little research, as we didn’t realise that you weren’t allowed to enter the church if you were wearing shorts.
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