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Gardone Riviera holidays

A quiet, tranquil and internationally distinguished destination on the western shore of Lake Garda, Gardone Riviera is one of Italy’s most picturesque lakeside towns. With an air of elegance from a bygone era of opulence, it’s the perfect place to stay for real a ‘dolce far niente’ Italian holiday.

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At a glance: • Picturesque town • home of the Vittoriale • blue flag beach

Great for: • Peaceful getaways • History • Gardens • Culture

A quiet, tranquil and internationally distinguished destination on the western shore of Lake Garda, Gardone Riviera is one of Italy’s most picturesque lakeside towns. With an air of elegance from a bygone era of opulence, it’s the perfect place to stay for real a ‘dolce far niente’ Italian holiday.

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Gardone Riviera Guide

Gardone Riviera is a peaceful, sheltered town that tends to be thought of in two parts: Gardone di Sotto (or Lower Gardone) and Gardone di Sopra (Upper Gardone). Elegant Gardone di Sotto is home to impressive villas and ornate architecture. The flowery promenade, lined with orange trees and rose bushes, is home to various cafes and eateries which offer magnificent views of the lake and harbour. You can find some of the best places to eat and drink on our Restaurants and Bars pages. There is a little tourist train that can take you to Gardone Sopra, which is a more rustic area up in the hills.

When it comes to getting around, ferries and fast hydrofoils are the best way to reach other resorts around the lake like Bardolino and Peschiera and you can also visit towns like Brescia, Venice, Padua and Verona via a daily bus service.

Stats & FAQ

Where: Western shore, Lake Garda

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Verona (VRN)77.5km, 1h
Brescia (VBS)35.3km, 33mins
Milan Malpensa (MXP)172km, 1h45mins
Nearby towns: Desenzano, Salò, Maderno
City Excursions:Verona, Venice, Milan, Florence
Other excursions:Verona Opera, Lake Garda tour, Wine Tour, Mantova and Parc Sigurta

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How do you pronounce Gardone Riviera? “Garr-doh-n Riv-ee-air-a”

Events & Activities

Although it’s known for being a laid back and quiet Italian town, there’s still a lot on here as well as a variety of things to see and do. You’re more than likely to experience one of Gardone’s music concerts, art exhibitions, cultural and religious events or famous markets whatever time of year you visit. A huge event here is the summer arts festival at the Vittoriale Theatre where you can enjoy all kinds of dance and music performances in one of the town’s most iconic buildings.

Activities of all shapes and sizes can be enjoyed here. You’ll find walking and cycling terrain of varied difficulty, lots to do in the historical town and just as much on the lakeside.

See our Events page for more details about what’s on and our Activities page to find out everything there is to see and do in the area.

History & Culture

This is one of the best towns for history and culture – it’s home to various historical attractions and hosts cultural events throughout the year. Enjoy the towns laid back culture in cafes, on the harbour and at the weekly market. The Heller gardens are fantastic for plant and art lovers alike and the beautiful Grand Hotel has paid host to many historical and literary figures including Churchill, Nabakov and Maugham.

An absolute must-visit is the Vittoriale - the quirky home of infamous poet and fervent nationalist Gabriella D’Annunzio. D’Anuzzio’s house is well worth a visit, mirroring the poet’s eccentric personality – a fervent nationalist and hypochondriac obsessed with art, with a dark sense of humour and a phobia of light. Also enjoy the ostentatious gardens with circular Mausoleum, amphitheatre and Puglia light cruiser built into the hillside.

For much more about the history of Gardone Riviera, click here.

Best time to go

Best time to visit Gardone Riviera

When is the best time to visit Gardone Riviera?

Gardone is one of the more sheltered towns thanks to the surrounding hills and mountains that protect it from winds, so even if you visit in the cooler months of the year, the weather is usually nice and mild. For a holiday of serious relaxation in the glorious Italian sunshine, the warmest months are July and August. With some of the biggest attractions on Lake Garda, tourists tend to flock here during peak months. We love the town at these times of year but if you want a really quiet getaway, avoid school holiday dates.

The first mainstream month for summer holidays, May usually has warm weather and a quieter atmosphere before school holidays kick in. Read more about May here.

June is lovely and warm, making this a great time to come before the heat and business of the peak summer months. Click here for info on weather, climate and what to do in June.

A hot summer month with the most sunlight hours, July is perfect for making the most of Gardone’s famous blue flag beach. Read more here.

August is the hottest months of the year and the surrounding trees, hills and mountains can provide some shelter from the hot sunshine. Read about the best things to do and get an idea of the weather in August here.

Warm sunshine and quiet surroundings make September ideal for a Gardone Riviera holiday. For climate details and what to do in September click here.

October is a cooler month, great for active holidays and a quieter time to visit. Read all you need to know about what to expect in October here.

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