When travelling to Italy, most people tend to visit the Renaissance wonders of Florence, Pisa and the other major Tuscan cities. However, the North of the country is becoming increasingly popular for its stunning landscape and its proximity to both Venice and Verona, with the joys of Italy’s lakes being a particular attraction.
This part of Italy is truly ‘most beautiful’ and by taking any one of the many train holidays to Lake Garda, you’ll be able to explore this beautiful region. Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake and the list of luminaries who have stayed here in the past include Ezra Pound, Tennyson and the world famous opera singer, Maria Callas.
The little towns dotted around the lake are delightful and offer differing attractions. The very pretty Riva del Garda is laid back and offers a perfect launch pad for a journey of exploration around the surrounding vineyards and lemon groves, but the other towns and villages have their own individual appeal too.
Sirmione, another of Lake Garda’s beautiful towns, can get quite hectic, especially in high season. If you fancy a break from other tourists, then a trip to the local spa and thermal springs might provide a welcome antidote to sightseeing.
Just outside the town are remains of an ancient villa that is said to have been occupied by the Roman poet, Catallus.
The spring and early summer are probably the best months to visit Garda and this is also true of any proposed trips to Venice. This ancient city, located on the Adriatic, has been widely written about, but you should remember that in the high summer season there are an increased number of tourists; although there are plenty of little forgotten ‘Calle’, where you can step back in time and gaze at the magnificent ‘palazzos’.
Venice is easily accessible from Lake Garda. The journey itself through this part of northern Italy is reasonably short (around two hours), but if you have the time, you should stop off in Verona for a chance to get to grips with an iconic town, made famous, in part, by the most widely read Shakespeare play.
The mountainous scenery of Lake Garda, complete with its distinctive villages and historical ruins, make this area an ideal holiday spot. Wine bars, cafes and good restaurants are plentiful and nothing could be more romantic than sitting at the lakeside, sipping a good quality grappa in anticipation of your delicious evening meal. It’s true bliss – and something you can soon sample for yourself.