July sees the hottest temperatures of the year in Lake Garda and if you want to stay in one of its cooler resorts, Gardone Riviera is an excellent choice. Located on the western side of the Lake, it has a milder climate than some of the more southern Lake Garda resorts thanks to the shelter of surrounding hills.
With the school holidays beginning in July, this is a popular month for family visits to Lake Garda which means that the more family orientated resorts like Garda and Peschiera can be quite busy. As well as being an excellent place to enjoy the Italian sun from a more sheltered location, Gardone Riviera is brilliant if you’re seeking one of the lake’s quieter places to stay during the peak months, with its’ relaxed, leisurely paced holidays.
Gardone Rivera hosts two of Lake Garda’s main attractions: the botanical gardens which are stunning in the summer and Gabriele D’Annunzio’s house (a good time to visit this is midday, when you’ll avoid the heat of the sun by ducking inside). The Garda Bresciano national park, which we can thank for the area’s cooler climate, offers plenty to discover on foot or bicycle and you can also take boat trips to the other resorts.
A summer arts festival takes place here at the Theatre of the Vittoriale in July, where you can enjoy music and dance performances including classical, jazz and ballet. If you’re staying nearby at the time, it’s a good idea to book your preferred event in advance as the events tend to sell out quickly.
Gardone Riviera offers a sunny July holiday where you can soak up the peace, quiet and natural beauty of the surroundings. Other cooler Lake Garda resorts in July include Riva and Torbole, which are brilliant for water sports and Limone which offers beautiful scenery and rich culture. If you want somewhere where you can really appreciate the hot July sunshine, stay somewhere towards the south such as Sirmione or Lazise.