Introducing Gardone Riviera holidays 2020
Gardone Riviera is a beautiful town of villas and gardens, which sits on the western shores of Lake Garda in Italy. With a stunning mountain backdrop, this elegant resort captivates holidaymakers with its opulent mansions, pretty beach and attractive shady promenade — perfect for taking sunset strolls whilst drinking in the scenery. Gardone has a wonderful micro-climate, and is renowned for its magnificent gardens, particularly the Heller Botanical Garden. It’s also home to the Vittoriale degli Italiani, a hillside estate with spectacular gardens and an amphitheatre that hosts an annual festival of performing arts. Chic little Salò, with a marina full of yachts and an exquisitely preserved old quarter, is just a quick hop away on the bus and there are lots more beautiful villages to explore around the lake, including Sirmione, with its storybook castle.
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Savour a slow stroll down the peaceful lakeside promenade
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The must-visit spot here is the eccentric The Vittoriale
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Visit the lush botanic garden, Giardino Hruska Botanico
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Your guide to Gardone Riviera holidays
Sitting pretty on the western banks of Lake Garda in Italy, Gardone Riviera is an elegant resort town that has been a popular summer retreat since the 19th century. Thanks to its remarkable micro-climate, it has some spectacular gardens, including the Heller Botanical Garden and the gardens of the Vittoriale degli Italiani estate. A charming, waterfront promenade runs along the shores of the lake, where you can join the locals for the evening passeggiata. There are a wealth of charming towns and villages to explore around Lake Garda, including picture-postard Salò, just a couple of kilometres down the coast, and enchanting and historic Sirmione, an enjoyable ferry-ride away.
If you want to bathe in the lake, the most central option is the Casinò beach, which has earned a Blue Flag for the clarity of the water and the excellent facilities. It’s a pebbly beach, so bring some beach shoes. There’s a bar, with wonderful lake views, and you can rent sun loungers and parasols. Kids will also enjoy the play area. Another option is the Lido di Fasano, one of the prettiest beaches in the area, which is located in the neighbouring town of Fasano. Both of these are public beaches and have no admission charge, but you could also visit one of the private beaches for a fee. Further afield, the public beach in Sirmione is famous for its beautiful turquoise waters, or you could head to San Felice del Benaco, which is considered one of the loveliest on the lake.
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