Italy is both stunning and diverse
23 April 2012
Few countries are as diverse as Italy and the stunning destination certainly has something to offer all who visit there. From picturesque mountains and sparkling lakes to ancient ruins and superb cuisine, a holiday in Italy is one that you will never forget – but where should you go?
Lake Garda is described as one of the most popular and infamous lakes in Northern Italy. Nestled in between high mountains, olive groves, vine yards and pine woods, its idyllic setting offers the perfect tonic to a stressful mind and is perfect for those seeking relaxing family holidays abroad.
Activities and attractions
Those that wish to spend their stay taking in the scenery and soaking the sun will find Lake Garda to be their perfect companion. Yet those who wish to see a little more Italian culture won't be disappointed either and Lake Garda is home to many Roman ruins as well as an assortment of museums crammed with renaissance masterpieces.
Despite its peaceful surroundings, Lake Garda is also home to an array of water sports. Those that fancy a little adrenalin rush are able to hit the surrounding coastline and enjoy a range of activities such as jet skiing, banana boat rides, wind surfing and canoeing.
If you wish to stay firmly on the ground, land based activities instead including horse riding, climbing, walking and mountain biking are available as well. These activities offer a great way to check out the surrounding area whilst giving families a fun experience to enjoy together.
Excursions and visits
As well as the many excursions on offer, most that take Lake Garda holidays are quite happy to simply sit back and watch the world go by. If, however, you find yourself wanting to explore the local area a little further, a boat trip is a must.
Limone, Malcesine and Riva are the top three places to visit in Lake Garda and all offer something a little different. Malcesine is suited to those that enjoy quaint medieval style towns with winding cobbled streets, whilst Limone is famous for its olive groves and offers a vibrant and quaint town nestled on the western shore.
Riva is for those that wish to lose themselves amongst the mountainous scenery and the idyllic spot boasts a twelfth century fortress and clock tower in the centre of its old town for those with a keen historical interest.
Choosing your holiday
Regardless of what type of holiday you are interested in, Lake Garda will cater to your needs. For those who want the chance to experience the beautiful landscape hands-on, camping holidays would be the best bet. Numerous campsites can be found across the area – offering an experience that is unique and potentially cheaper than typical hotel bookings.
For those who want the freedom to enjoy the area in their own time and manner, self catering holidays are ideal. These allow you to sample the local culinary delights which Italy is famous for and ensures you are free to enjoy your holiday on your own schedule.