Occupying an idyllic location upon the curve of luscious Lake Garda’s shores, the fishing village of Garda offers travellers a revitalising and restorative respite. The medieval streets of the old town nurture ancient cultures and radiate antique charm, while the rugged rock formations and sapphire waters provide a dramatically beautiful backdrop. Lively promenades thrive with authentic ice cream shops and quaint cafes, exuding an authentic Italian atmosphere rarely discovered in such popular holiday resorts.
Garda’s most iconic natural monument is undoubtedly La Rocca, a rugged mound of eroded rock that emerges from the water like a Greek god. Verdant greenery tumbles down from the top, a height that can be reached by walkers seeking an intermediate challenge. Once you have ascended to the summit, panoramic ocean vistas can be enjoyed upon a sun-drenched and grassy spot from which both Garda and the neighbouring village of Bardolino are visible.
A serene stroll around the curving shores of the lake will bring wanderers to Punta San Viglio, a luxurious hotel that occupies its own private bay. Upon its splendid splinter of land, the historic hotel enjoys unbelievable vistas of the Siren’s Bay and the surrounding mountains. Walkers can pay a small fee to enjoy the private shingle beach, which allures visitors with its seclusion and serenity.
Although the refined and remarkable Regio Patio does not boast glittering lake side vistas, it does present otherworldly frescoes of the surrounding landscapes. As well as providing a feast for your eyes, the culinary creations are sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate. Menus vary daily according to seasonal produce and the bounty of the lake, but diners can be assured that dishes will arrive perfectly presented and brimming with flavour and flair. (via San Francesco d'Assisi 23 37016 Garda, Italy)