Lake Garda, in northern Italy, is known for its crystal clear water. At the south end, the town of Sirmione is dominated by the Rocca Scaligera, a fortress with harbor views.
Weekend in lake Garda
After our stay in Venice we caught the train up to lake Garda. We were so surprised by the cost €10 return between venice and Peschiera del Garda. It took us about 2 hours and once at the station we walked down through the town center and along the shore of the lake.
Lake Garda is right in the middle of Northern Italy, shaped like a ladle reaching upwards into the mountains. Towns and villages on the lake shore enjoy a milder climate compared to the rest of the region – you’ll see lemon trees and olive groves, palm-fringed lakeside walks with a stunning backdrop of snowcapped mountains.
We stayed at the beautiful boutique hotel San Marco. This 3 star hotel was located a few steps from the historic centre of Peschiera del Garda. Two hundred meters from the beach. The hotel was super modern with a lovely rooftop sun terrace and a crystal clear pool. Unfortunately the hotel does not offer a in house restaurant tho we were surrounded by loads of fantastic restaurants.
We enjoyed a beautiful first day walking the streets and taking in some of the local markets, shops and generally just relaxing in one of the local cafes watching the world go bye.
Day 2 and we decided to rent a speedboat for the day something we have never done before. It cost €120 for the day and came with full tank of fuel . We were given a brief skipper lesson and then off we went exploring the lake. It was so nice to just spend time relaxing out on the water we both swam in the warm lake water and sunbathed on the boat.
Day 3 we ventured into Sirmione, we strolled the picturesque streets of the old town. Explored the castle and you want to walk all the way to the end of the peninsula and visit grotto di Catulo. Enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants.