Where to stay on Lake Garda?

by Carolyn

Q. We are going to be in Lake Garda in April 14th -17th and really want to see the mountains as well as the lake. Which town would offer the most dramatic views and quiet location but still with a beautiful and historic town. Also want to explore the area and maybe drive up to the Dolomites for the day?

A. I would suggest Malcesine is a great town to see the mountains. It also is a nice old town and being on the east side you get more evening sun than being on the west. It is close to the mountains and the top of the lake. If you want somewhere quiet, this could be a little more challenging and it would be important to pick accommodation with a location away from the main road and busy areas.

A town which is quieter and still by the mountains on the other side of the lake is Limone. This is a charming town and as the moutains are so sheer here, traffic can not get next to the lake. It is smaller than Malcesine and there is a little less to do, but it is a really nice town and close to the top of the lake, for access to the mountains too.

Hope this helps you,

Have a wonderful trip,

Marcus & Sylvia

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Feb 21, 2011
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by: Carolyn Miller

Q. Where do you suggest to stay in these places? Also what about Torri del Benaco? There is a hotel there called Hotel Ristorante Gardesana, do you know anything about this? We will be coming by train from CT and then going on by train to Venice. We will only have 2 1/2 days, 3 nights.

A. Torri del Benaco is also a nice place to stay, quite central and good boat links. The lake front and port area are nice here too. I can't comment on the hotel you mention as we haven't stayed there, but there are usually a few good places to stay in each town. As regards the best town to stay, as Judy says in another comment, every Lake Garda town has something to offer and it is difficult not to have a great time here! Enjoy.....

Marcus & Sylvia

Feb 15, 2011
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by: Judy Wolfe

Although every city on Lake Garda has great views, beauty and history, I agree with Marcus and Sylvia's choices of Malcesine and Limone (less accessible).
I'd like to add....
Maderno is a quiet city that offers stunning views and is accessible by local bus and boat.
Walk up to Montemaderno for an even better look.
Take a ride to Tignale and Tremosine for lunch with a view.
Desenzano is the best location for accessibility by boat, bus AND train. Any local tour company can take you to the Dolomites from Lake Garda so you can sit back and enjoy the scenery.
Ride a boat around the lake one day. The cities are amazing to see from the water, especially Limone, Riva and Sirmione.
There is a restaurant in Upper Fasano, next to Maderno that has great peasant food and spectacular lake views.
Seriously....no city will disappoint you. I love them all.


Great advice Judy, thanks for that!
Marcus & Sylvia

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