Mantua (Italian: Mantova, Emilian: Mantua) is a world heritage listed city in Lombardy, Italy not far from Emilia-Romagna and Veneto. Because of the power and influence of the Gonzaga family, which used to own the city for over 400 years, Mantua was considered one of the most important cultural cities in the Renaissance and it still maintains a lot of the buildings that made it famous during that period. It was also the city where the composer Claudio Monteverdi premiered his opera L’Orfeo (1607), the earliest opera that is still regularly performed today.
Mantua was named “Capital of Italian culture 2016”.
The nearest airport to Mantua is Valerio Catullo Airport located near Verona, on the Brennero’s Highway, just 25 minutes away from the city. Other options are Guglielmo Marconi Airport, near Bologna, 1 hour far, and Orio al serio Airport, near Bergamo, reachable in less than 1 hour and half via Highway.
The airport in Verona served by some low-cost airline such as WizzAir (to Bucharest), EasyJet (to London-Gatwick, Paris-Charles de Gaulle) and VoloTea (to Bari, Palermo). Other big carriers such as Alitalia and Lufthansa serve this airport daily.
Airports in Bologna and Bergamo are served by the low-cost carrier Ryanair.
The railway line Verona-Modena passes through Mantova railway station, located in Piazza Don Leoni. It is also the end of the line of the trains from Monselice and Cremona. Train service for Milan is available everyday, every two hours and it costs €10.75. For Verona the frequency is every 40 minutes and the price is €3.15. Via Verona you can easily reach cities like Venice, Brescia, Trento, Bolzano and via Modena you can reach Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna up to all southern cities. If you have to reach Bologna quickly, so you don’t want to use the railway line Verona-Modena and change the train, a good idea would be catching the train on the Verona-Bologna line using the Nogara station, 20 minutes away by car from the city center of Mantua. Regional train services are operated by Trenord, the long distance trains are operated by Trenitalia. The city centre approx. 1 km E from the station.
Main bus station is just outside the Train station. APAM S.p.a. offers many buses that connect the whole province with the city. Brescia, Sirmione, Peschiera del Garda, Mirandola are also cities served by this company. To know timetables and fares the easiest way is to use Google Maps which, thanks to a collaboration between Apam and Google, it’s very accurate in timetables and routes.
Mantua is crossed by the motorway (Autostrada del Brennero), that runs from Modena to Brenner. The best choice to reach the centre is the exit of Mantova Nord, just 5 km (3 miles) north of Piazza Sordello.
APAM S.p.a. manages the bus urban service in town and in the nearby municipalities and it’s a good choice to move around the different areas of the city.
A large section of the old town is a limited traffic zone (ZTL) and a pass is required to drive in this area, so it is better to park your car in one of the parking areas that surrounds it.
- Campo Canoa
- Piazza Anconetta
- Piazzale Ragazzi del ’99. Just south of the stadium, not far from Palazzo Te.
- Viale Isonzo. Close to Palazzo Te.
- Viale Te. Large parking area close to Palazzo Te.
- Lungolago Gonzaga. Close to Teatro Bibiena.
- Piazza Virgiliana. Beside the namesake public garden, not far from the Cathedral.
- Viale Risorgimento. Close to Palazzo Te and the House of Mantegna.
The court of Ludovico III Gonzaga, Andrea Mantegna, Camera degli Sposi, St. George castle, 1465-1474
- Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace), Piazza Sordello, 40. Tu-Su 08:45-19:15 (last admission 18:20); 5 Jun-16 Oct: F 08:45-20:30 (box office until 19:20) ticket information. This complex is a marvel of medieval and Renaissance architecture and artistry. It was the home of the Gonzaga family from 1328 to 1707, extended through the period, and including more than 500 rooms. NB: The famous Camera degli Sposi (Bridal Chamber) was reopened in 2015 after it was damaged by a quake (max. 1,500 persons per day). Corte Vecchia + Castello di S.Giorgio (Bridal Chamber) + Freddi’s collection: €13.00; Corte Vecchia only: €7.50.
- Castello di San Giorgio. The castle is a part of the Ducal Palace. It hosts the Museum of modern and contemporary arts.
The fall of the Giants, Sala dei Giganti, Palazzo Te
- Palazzo Te (Palazzo del Te), Viale Te, 13. M 13:00-18:00, Tu-Su 09:00-18:00. The “Palazzo del T“, as it used to be called, is a splendid palace in the south end of Mantua, it is an acknowledged masterpiece of the architect Giulio Romano. The palace is a fine example of Renaissance implementation of Villa Suburbana (suburban residence). It is also famous for its grotesque frescos in a mannerist style, which are rare example of secular paintings of that time. The palace also hosts International Centre of Art and Culture €9.
- Basilica Di Sant’Andrea, Piazza Andrea Mantegna (or piazza L.B. Alberti). This world-famous church (dating from 1472 onwards) is the work of the architect Leon Battista Alberti, one of the founders of Renaissance architecture.
- Cattedrale di San Pietro apostolo (Duomo), Piazza Sordello. Built in different architectural styles, from Romanesque, to Renaissance and Baroque.
- Rotonda di San Lorenzo (St Lawrence’s Church). Monday to Friday: summer 10:00-13:00, 15:00-19:00, winter: 10:00-13:00, 14:00-18:00; Sa Su: 10:00-18:00. Built in the late 11th century. It is the oldest church in the city; restored to its original forms in the early 20th century. free, contributions are welcome.
- Palazzo Bonacolsi, Piazza Sordello. 14th-century building by Pinamonte Bonacolsi, a residence of Mantua rulers from 1274 to 1328.
- Palazzo del Broletto (Palazzo del Podestà), Piazza Broletto. 13th-century palace, which houses the commune government in Mantua.
- Palazzo della Ragione (Palatium Novum), Piazza delle Erbe. 14th-century building with portico of the 15th century. It used to be a seat of the Court of Justice and notarial archives.
- Torre dell’Orologio (Clock Tower) (access from the hall of the Palazzo della Ragione). Tu-F 10:00-13:00, 15:00-18:00, Sa Su 10:00-19:00 (box office closes 1 hour earlier). Hosts Museo del Tempo (Museum of time). €3.
- Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga, Via Pietro Frattini, 7 (Info-point, ticketing & reservations at Piazza Mantegna, 9/A, across the street from the Tourist Office). Tu-Fr only by prior reservation; Sa Su by guided tour 10:00 – 11:00 to 12:00, 15:00 to 16:00 – 17:00 to 18:00. The palace received its Baroque style and decor in 1670. €8.
- Casa della Beata Osanna Andreasi (The house of the Blessed Osanna Andreasi), Via Pietro Frattini, 9 (next to Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga). Tu F 10:30-12:30; Th 18:00-19:00; daily by appointment. A rare example of an almost intacty preserved 15th-century house, which was a home to the Blessed Osanna of Mantua. The building in the hands of the Domenican Fraternity free guided tours, contributions are welcome.
- Palazzo Canossa, Piazza Canossa.
- Palazzo d’Arco, Piazza d’Arco, 4. Tu-Su 09:30-13:00, 14:30-18:00 (the ticket office closes one hour before). Built in 1784 in neoclassical style. There is a nice garden there. It is also a museum. It is possible for those who have motor disabilities to use a stair lift crawler to visit the floor of the palace — please call the museum to alert them of arrival time. €7, €2 for children under 12, €5 for youth (12-18 years) and visitors in possession of the ticket to the Park Bertone visited on the same day.
- Torre della Gabbia (Cage Tower), Via Cavour. A symbol of the power of families Bonacolsi and Gonzaga, but it was used a prison from the beginning of the 13th century.
- Pescherie di Giulio Romano (Loggia di Giulio Romano). Fishmonger’s loggia built by Giulio Romano.
- Casa di Giulio Romano, via Poma, 18. House (built in 1544) of Giulio Romano, the architect of Palazzo Te, he also designed the interior of Duomo.
- Casa di Giovan Boniforte da Concorezzo (Casa del Mercante), Piazza Erbe, 26 (at the corner of Piazza Erbe and Piazza Mantegna). The building (built in 1455) features a striking facade with decorations of Venetian style.
- Casa del Cappellaio (Domus mercati or Casa del mercato or La casa dipinta), Piazza Marconi, 13. A frescoed (attributed to the school of Andrea Mantegna) Renaissance house built in 1462.
- Casa del Mantegna. Tu-Su 10:00-12:30, 15:00-18:00. Built in 1476, the building’s external walls are square in plan with a circular court. It is used for temporary exhibitions. During exhibitions €2–5, otherwise – free.
- Teatro Scientifico del Bibiena (“scientific” theatre), Via Accademia 47 (please contact infopoint at Casa del Rigoletto) , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su 09:30-12:30, 15:00-18:00. Opened in 1769, it is an interesting example of a theatrical interior design of the 2nd half of the 18th century. €2.
- Go to the museums:
- Palazzo San Sebastiano (Civic Museum), Largo XXIV Maggio, 12. M 13:00–18:00, Tu-Su 09:00–18:00. €2.50.
- Museo Tazio Nuvolari. Dedicated to a memory of Tazio Nuvolari, a famous car racer.
- Galleria Arte e Arti (The Art Heritage of the Chamber of Commerce), via Calvi 28.
- Take a boat trip on the lakes and rivers around Mantua.
- Pizzeria Ristorante Europa, Via Saverio Bettinelli, 14 (next building on the left from the station). A convenient place to have a pizza while you’re waiting for a train. There are some tables at the back court yard.
- Doolin Irish Pub, Via Giovanni Zambelli, 8 (close to Piazza Virgiliana). Tu-Th 18:30-01:00; Fr-Sa 18:30-02:00; Su 18:30-00:00. This pub has become a true institution in town due to the quality of the drinks and the dishes served. Here you will find beer, cocktails and excellent burgers.
- Il Gallone, Via Leon D’Oro, 13 (In front of Piazza Broletto) , ✉ email@example.com. We-Su 18:30-01:30. An incredible selection of original cocktails in a small club in the heart of the historic centre.
- Zanzara, Giardini Barbato (Waterfront of Lago Superiore). 10:00-00:00. Enjoy a stunning view of the sunset over the lake while drinking a good cocktail. This place usually offers evenings of music and small artistic events. Low-range.
Where to stay in Mantua
- ABC Hotel, Piazza Don Leoni 25/27 (10 minutes far from the city center) , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 3-star hotel in front of the train station. Clean rooms, nice furniture and surprisingly good breakfast. Bicycle renting is available and there is free WiFi. Expect to pay around €15 for parking.
- Albergo Bianchi Stazione, Piazza Don Leoni, 24 (10 minutes from city center) , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 3-star hotel just in front of the railway station. Tourist information available.
- Corte Chiara, Strada Tezze, 1 – 46047 Porto Mantovano (MN) (Just on the outskirts of Mantua to the north (3.5 km)) , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. This agritourist camp offers both cheap rooms and camping sites to pitch a tent. Super friendly owners/staff, nice food, horse riding available. From €30 single room and €60 double room..
- Hotel Italia, Piazza Cavallotti, 8 , ✉ email@example.com. Check-out: 11:00. Though it looks a bit ugly from the outside, the rooms are quite ok. An ok breakfast buffet is included in the price. There seems to be a curfew of some kind during the week but the nice nightwatchman might allow exceptions. from €60.
- Hotel Casa Poli, Corso Garibaldi, 32 , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Elegant atmosphere, minimalist design and quality services. Expensive.
- IAT Mantova (Tourist office), Piazza Mantegna, 6 , ✉ email@example.com. Apr-Sep: Monday to Friday 09:00-13:30, 14:30-18:00, Sa 09:00-18:00, Su 09:00-13:00; Oct-Mar: Monday to Friday 09:00-13:30, 14:30-17:00; Sa Su 09:00-17:00.
- InfoPoint Rigoletto, Piazza Sordello, 23 (Casa del Rigoletto). Daily 09:00-19:00.
Teatro all’Antica, Sabbioneta
- Sabbioneta – a Renaissance ideal town. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site on par with Mantua.
- Castel Goffredo – one of the capitals of the states of the Gonzaga.
- Lake Garda – is at an easy reach by a direct bus 46 to Peschiera del Garda (take off at Piazza Bettelloni). From where you can take a ferry to the other destinations around the lake. Adventurous ones could take a bike ride right up to Peschiera along the Mincio Cycleway.
Lombardy Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Italy
Lombardy or Lombardia is a northern region of Italy, and with 10 million people is the most populous one. Producing 1/5th of Italy’s GDP, it is also the mightiest economically. Geographically, Lombardy encompasses both Alps and Prealps in the north, and relatively flat plains in the south along the river Po and its tributaries. Between them there are many scenic lakes, and the alpine backdrop makes even the low-lying cities picturesque and the air rather fresh.
- I Cities
- II Other destinations
- III Understand
- IV Get in
- V Get around
- VI What to see in
- VII Do
- VIII Eat
- IX Drink
- X Where to stay in Lombardy
- XI Stay safe in Lombardy
- XII Go next
- XIII Current Covid-19 Infections in Italy, Lombardy
- XIV Timeline of Covid-19 Infections in Italy, Lombardy
Lombardy is heavily industrialized, although most of the industry is actually not heavy, but rather mid-sized specialized machinery-building and other assembly and engineering firms, as well as consumer industries such as foodstuffs and apparel. The regional capital, Milan, is Italy’s second-largest city and the foremost centre of commerce and a global fashion capital. Smaller cities also have considerable economic might, and have had so for many centuries, hence Lombardy is the region of Italy with the most UNESCO World Heritage List sites – and simply, a lot of history and scenic views to explore and enjoy.
- Lombardian Alps and Prealps (provinces of Bergamo, Brescia and Sondrio)
- Lake Como (provinces of Como and Lecco)
- Southern Lombardy (provinces of Cremona, Lodi, Mantova and Pavia)
- Grande Milano (provinces of Milan and Monza and Brianza)
- Milan (Milano, the capital of the province) – shares with Paris the title of fashion capital of the world, and is Italy’s second city.
- Bergamo – a fairytale pastel-coloured city perched atop a hillside, and the gate to Bergamo Alps
- Brescia – a major industrial powerhouse since the Ancient Roman times, and a UNESCO World Heritage List
- Como – the city that gave the name to the popular lake
- Cremona – home of Stradivarius violins, but also a wealth of ornate romanesque architecture
- Lecco – a little and charming city situated on Como’s lake.
- Mantua (Italian: Mantova) – the Ducal Palace has a cycle of frescoes by Mantegna that no art lover should miss.
- Sondrio – the northernmost provincial capital situated amidst alpine mountain ranges
- Varese – capital of the namesake province full of lakeside resorts, just 30 minutes from Malpensa airport
- The magnificent lakes of Lake Como – take boat trips in the shadow of the Alps to the picturesque villages of Bellagio, Varenna and Tremezzo – Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda and Lake Lugano.
- The tiny village of Erbusco, home of the award-winning wines of Franciacorta and L’Albereta, the country inn of Gualtiero Marchesi, one of Italy’s premier chefs
- The peninsula of Sirmione, on the south shore of Lake Garda
- The Caves of Catullo, an archaeological site of a former Roman villa situated on the tip of the Sirmione peninsula
- The Sirmione Spa, the largest privately owned thermal treatment centre in Italy
- Val Camonica : UNESCO heritage site, medieval towns, castles, holy art in churches, roman sanctuary and theatre/amphitheatre, ski sports.
- Oltrepò Pavese : Wine region in the utmost southern part of Lombardy, 70km from Milan, part of the Pavia province, medieval towns, castles, stunning views.
The Longobardis occupied the Peninsula in the 6th century, and the territory has been named after them ever since.
Lombardy is a prosperous region with fertile soil and a temperate climate. As in Piedmont, the Po Valley is the site of much heavy industry. High mountains in the north, marking Italy’s frontier with Switzerland, provide excellent skiing and climbing.
Three of Italy’s four busiest airports are in Lombardy:
- Milan Malpensa Airport is an intercontinental airport, and Italy’s second aviation hub after Rome Fiumicino. It has multiple direct connections to Africa, Asia and North America, as well as across Europe, where it is served by both full-service and low-fare carriers.
- Milano Linate is Milan’s city airport, served by business-oriented flights to European major commercial centres, as well as a dense Italian domestic network.
- Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport is served almost exclusively by low-fare carriers, taking advantage of its proximity to both Milan and the Alps.
Despite only Linate being in the city and province of Milan, all three airports are marketed as serving the city. One can easily get to other destinations in the province from them, without necessarily changing in Milan. There is also a small airport in Brescia, which in recent years has seen next to no scheduled traffic.
Travel by train to Lombardy
Road and train links connect the region with Switzerland. As Switzerland is not part of the EU, there is a possibility that you will be delayed by checks at the border, although these are infrequent and usually not rigorous. Remember your passport.
There is a relatively dense railway network connecting cities and towns in Lombardy, although the layout is intricate and getting from one place to another may not be straightforward. You should be able to reach your destination within 1 or 2 hours by train. Otherwise, buses and minibuses link important destinations, especially those popular with tourists. Hubs are usually in regional centres, as well as near major railway stations and airports; you can try to change there if there are no direct connections. Regional train network is entirely managed by Trenord.
Regione Lombardia offers a good travel planner that lets you query the whole public transportation system.
If you plan to travel a lot, it might be worth buying a io viaggio ovunque in Lombardia pass ticket. Those tickets let you travel without limit on the entire public transport system in Lombardy, including regional trains, buses and city public transportation systems, but excluding some ferry boat lines. Although expensive, they can easily be a cheaper option than regular tickets if you travel long distances. Passes are sold at railway stations (at ticket box or automatic vending machines) and at ATM automatic vending machines. You can buy 1, 2, 3 or 7 day passes (16€, 27€, 32.5€, 43€ respectively – February 2020).
The railway company Trenord offers some good travel packages, under the Trenord Free Time name. The package usually includes a ticket to an attraction or a trip proposal and a train ticket to get to the destination. Most of them are really useful only if you depart from Milan. It’s worth to take a look at the offers as they can also suggest you some new or lesser known itinerary that you may like.
As the Autostrada A4 runs across Lombardy, with the road system radiating from its junctions, you can get around by car as well. The A4 frequently gets congested though and traffic jams can be long and excruciating, especially around Milan. Be aware that Italians drive fast and make no allowances for foreigners, so be sure you are OK with keeping up with the traffic and occasional displays of impatience from other drivers.
Milan, Bergamo and Brescia have efficient and extensive public transportation systems.
What to see in
- Milan Fashion Weeks draw crowds of fashionistas to Milan every year.
- La Scala in Milan is a mecca for opera aficionados.
- You can enjoy water sports or more relaxed boating on the lakes.
- The Alps offer opportunities for hiking or skiing.
Lombardy’s most famous culinary inventions are minestrone soup and osso buco (literally “ox knuckles”). To the west of Milan lie miles of rice fields, where the rice for risotto alla milanese is grown. Other typical dishes of the area include salumi (cold cuts) and polenta.
As in many other areas of Northern Italy, the aperitivo (pre-meal drink with appetisers, for which a small supplement might be charged) is very popular.
The wineries in Franciacorta, around Erbusco, produce many excellent wines. The region has been elevated to the status of DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita). Other remarkable zones for wine are Oltrepò Pavese (which is the zone around Pavia on the south banks of Po river) and the countrysides around Garda Lake.
Valtellina also produces excellent wines, famous for their strong taste and flavour.
As every big city in the world, Milan has also many high quality restaurants, wine bars and Enoteche (wine store) where you can find high class wines from all over the world.
Where to stay in Lombardy
Large cities, like Milan, Bergamo or Brescia, are important business centres, so they have sizeable bases of business-oriented hotels. They are local hubs with connections to destinations within their provinces, and getting between them is also reasonably quick via a variety of means of transportation (trains, express buses or cars across the A4). Do note that accommodation in Milan is generally expensive, and prices skyrocket during major events or fairs, such as the Milan Fashion Week.
Destinations along the lines of the lakes, as well as those in the Alps, are popular with tourists, so you will find a variety of accommodation options there, from luxurious resort hotels to simple B&Bs.
While Milan features many of the usual tourist traps and con acts, as well as sizeable number of pickpockets due to the number of tourists there, other destinations are generally safe, and you can feel secure and welcome there. Do note, however, that in case you need to contact the police they can have very limited English skills and also may not be able to help foreigners much.
To the east is Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto, to the south is Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont is to the south and west. Switzerland lies to the north.
Current Covid-19 Infections in Italy, Lombardy
Timeline of Covid-19 Infections in Italy, Lombardy
Lake Garda Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Veneto
Lake Garda is a lake in the north of Italy, and the surrounding region. It is a popular holiday location.
- I Understand
- II Cities
- III Talk
- IV Get in
- V Get around
- VI See
- VII Do
- VIII Eat
- IX Where to Drink at Lake Garda
- X Where to stay at Lake Garda
- XI Stay safe at Lake Garda
- XII Lake Garda Photo Gallery
- XIII Go next
The lake is situated at the border of the Po river plain, with the north part stretching into the mountains.
The north of the lake seems to be more suitable for the people who enjoy a quiet, peaceful holiday, but a bell rings from the Northern most town of Riva Del Garda often early in the morning. The south has a theme park and a few man-made beaches so is for the more outgoing, adventurous person.
Lake Garda map
There is a handful of small towns scattered all around Lake Garda. Some of the towns from the north clockwise to north-west are:
- In Trentino-Alto Adige
- Riva del Garda
- In Veneto
- Malcesine – for Monte Baldo – a ski resort in winter, and trekking site in summer
- Brenzone sul Garda
- Torri del Benaco
- Garda – among its attractions: Villa Albertini – one of the most splendid villas on the lake
- Bardolino – a home for homonymous vines
- Lazise – a small picturesque town with a tiny old harbour and a medieval castle
- Peschiera del Garda – see an old Austrian fortress, and the river Mincio – the main outlet of the lake
- In Lombardy
- Sirmione – located on the peninsula to the south is has a 13th-century castle and the ruins of a Roman villa, attributed by some to the famous Roman poet Catullus
- Desenzano del Garda – the largest town on the lake. It has good ferry connections to other destinations on the lake
- Salò – is a nice lake-side town notoriously known for being a capital of the Republic of Salò at the end of WWII
- Gardone Riviera – a small town known for Vittoriale – an eccentric (like its former owner) estate of Gabriele d’Annunzio with a large park. Giardino André Heller is another place worth a visit.
- Limone sul Garda – gets its name from lemons! Lemon trees grow throughout it, and is a lovely view
NB: Bear in mind that the town of Riva del Garda at the north tip of the lake is different from Garda, which is near the other end of the lake.
All people speak Italian as a first language but basic English is known. Many locals also speak fluent German as this area is a popular tourism destination for Germans and Austrians. As with anywhere in the world, it is good manners to learn some basic phrases in Italian.
Fly to Lake Garda
Verona Airport is the nearest airport, located 15km away to the south. Brescia-Montichiari is 30km to the south-west. Bergamo airport is 80km away. Milan Linate Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport and Venice airports are 100km away. Brescia-Montichiari is served by charter flights, while the others have many regular connections.
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Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda are the closest railway stations on the South of the lake. The closest station on the North is Rovereto.
- Nothern shore is connected by a number of bus services with Trento and other destinations in Trentino including the railway station of Rovereto. But also some buses from the eastern and western shores arrive to Riva del Garda, Arco, Nago-Torbole.
- Eastern shore is mainly served by ATV Verona. In Verona buses towards destinations on the lake leave from the railway station Porta Nuova or from Corso Porta Nuova (the boulevard just south of Piazza Bra). It takes about 2–3 hours, depending on lakeside traffic (which can be heavy), to reach pretty towns of Malcesine or Torbole. Get a timetable (orario) from the tourist office. Tickets can be bought from a tobacco shop down the road or on the bus.
- Western shore is covered by Trasporti Brescia. In Brescia buses towards the lake depart from Autostazione SAIA. For schedules check Arriva site or use a route planner at the Muoversi in Lombardia.
- A few locations at the south could be also reached by bus from Mantua.
Perhaps this is the most convenient kind of transportation for the locations along the lake shores. Gestione Navigazione Laghi provides regular ferry services in the area. A fast ferry takes about 2½ hours to cross the lake from the South to North. For schedules and tariffs check their online search service or get a schedule from the download page.
A car ferry connects Torri del Benaco at the E shore of the lake with Toscolano-Maderno at its W shore. In summer another car ferry connects Malcesine with Limone sul Garda.
Boat taxis are also available. Perhaps it’s a better option than a regular taxi, as the later one will cost you more money and it will take longer to travel.
See Get in section for connections by bus around the lake.
Rental bike service companies, easy biking itineraries at Garda Lake Region. The northern part of Lake Garda offers Europe’s probably most spectacular offroad trips, mostly on rough military roads from the First World War. Riva del Garda is a fine starting point, with trips ranging from easy to the most demanding and rewarding, like Tremalzo.
At the Isola del Garda
There are many historical places and buildings around the lake. The architectural style is mostly traditional Italian vernacular, which is very picturesque. There are also many classical-style churches, grand houses and castles. There is a large church is located at the northernmost end of the lake.
- Isola del Garda (near S. Felice del Benaco, just a short boat trip from Salò and Gardone Riviera). only by guided tours, see tours schedule. It’s a private island with a villa and a beautiful garden. €27 – €35 (including a boat trip).
Peddle boats or peddlos are available to rent throughout the lake although there are boundaries you must stick to as you are given a certain amount of time and that life guards are regular throughout the water.
In Malcesine take a cableway to Monte Baldo. Beautiful views can be seen from the top, and a small shop/restaurant is there. For those who get a re-instated fear of heights going up at the start, fear not, as there is a halfway stop.
In Bardolino you can visit the Zeni Winery and Wine Museum, to see the museum, and then, of course, buy some wine.
In Sirmione try famous sulphur springs or enjoy its beaches.
On the south of the lake in the vicinity of Peschiera del Garda there is big theme park Gardaland. It is a theme park for everybody, whether it be thrill-seekers, kids at heart, or just stressed out parents.
As per usual, fine Italian cuisine is sold. This consists of pasta, pizza and many other traditional Italian dishes. But other options are available such as German, American and British style foods. Italian ice-cream is fresh and homemade- great for those who have a sweethtooth. Ice-cream shops are common, with some sprouting out of shops and restaurants. Some “gelato” (ice-cream-like treat usually made in the shop) shops have 50+ flavors. Smaller shops with only a half dozen flavors might be more enjoyable. These seem to focus on the flavors they offer, and making the decision on which flavor to choose will take much less time. Breakfast is not the same as English or American breakfasts so be careful when you ask for full board. Breakfast at Le Paul in Sirmione, has English and American style foods. They even offer cereal.
Where to Drink at Lake Garda
Always drink plenty of water or other fluids as weather can be very warm.
One of the most popular summer drinks in the area is the Aperol Spritz. Obtained by mixing Aperol, Prosecco wine and sparkling water. Usually served in a glass with ice cubes, and a straw. Can be garnished with a slice of orange, and served with green olives.
Where to stay at Lake Garda
Many shops have outdoor stands and stalls, even if a shop is indoors, so always carry the receipt with you. Bag theft is not uncommon as in theme parks, lines often have a bag drop off point, which in turn is left unattended. If your bag is stolen it is usually left in the street with just your wallet or camera/phone stolen.
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Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, on the peninsula of the same name in Lake Garda. The Ancient Roman poet Catullus, whose family owned a villa here, wrote an affectionate poem in praise of Sirmione. The surviving ruins of a magnificent Roman villa are popularly associated with the name of Catullus, though there is no solid evidence that the villa is the same or on the same spot as the one Catullus refers to.
- IAT Sirmione (Tourist information), Viale Marconi 6 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Nov-May M-Th 9.30-12.30, 15.00-18.00, Sa 9.30-12.30.
The closest railway station is Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione which is about 30 min. by a regional train from Verona Porta Nuova or from Brescia. The station is actually located at the Desenzano, so take a bus, a taxi from there or take a ferry from the Desenzano’s harbour. A similar option is a railway station at Peschiera del Garda.
- Ferry pier (At the historic centre, close to the Castello Scaligeri). A ferry perhaps the easiest option to reach Sirmione. There are connections to many the destinations at the shores of the lake, especially at its southern half.
- Linea LN026. Brescia-Verona NB: this line stops at the via Colombare which is quite out of the centre of the town, then use Centro storico navetta (below).
- (shuttle bus). Connects via Colombare stop with the historic centre of the town
- Castello Scaligeri (Scaliger Castle), piazza Castello 1. Tu-Sa 8:30-19:30, Su 8:30-13:30. A 13th-century castle of Scaliger (della Scala) family. €4.
- Grotte di Catullo (Area archeologica delle Grotte di Catullo e Museo di Sirmione), Piazzale Orti Manara 4. Winter Tu-Sa 8.30-17.00 (Museum 8.30-19.30), Su 8.30-14.00; Summer Tu-Sa 8.30-19.30, Su 9.30-18.30. Ruins of a Roman villa associated, though without solid proofs, with the poet Catullus. € 6.00.
- Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino. The first documents mentioning the church date from the 8th century.
- Chiesa di Santa Maria della Neve. A 15th century church.
- Torre monumentale di San Martino della Battaglia (Tower of San Martino della Battaglia) (5 km S of Sirmione). mid Mar-mid Oct Monday – Saturday 9-12.30, 14.30-19, Su 9 – 19; mid Oct – mid MarDal Tu-Su 9-12.30, 14-17.30. A tower and museum dedicated to the memory of King Vittorio Emanuele II and other people who brought independence and unification to Italy. €5.
- Terme di Sirmione, Piazza Virgilio, 1. The famous sulphur springs which are known to have special effects on catarrhal conditions, particularly those of the ear.
- Torri del Benaco – commune in Province of Verona
- Lake Garda – lake in Italy
- Verona – city in Veneto, northern Italy
- Brescia – Italian city in Lombardy
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