A quieter and cooler time of year, May is fantastic for holidays in Lake Garda if you want to enjoy the area before things get busier and hotter in the peak months.
The weather is sunny with only a bit of rainfall here in May (on average there is only any rainfall at all on 9 days in the month). It’s known to be quite warm, so make the most of the sunshine on gentle walks down the promenade, exploring parks and gardens and enjoying tasty treats in cafes and gelaterias. There are all kinds of indoor activities if you are caught in a rainy spell from visiting churches and museums to shopping, so whatever the weather, you won’t find yourself at a loose end.
You can explore Lake Garda with much more space and time in May. You’ll see the popular attractions including the Malcesine and Torri castles and the Vittoriale and Heller gardens in Gardone Riviera are less busy. For easy access to other Italian towns like Verona and Venice, Peschiera and Desenzano have their own train stations, but you can take a day trip from literally all of the lake towns but coach, or rent a car locally if you prefer to guide yourself.
The cooler temperatures in May are ideal if you want an active lake and mountain holiday; Riva and Torbole are great for water-sports and, although there are excellent walking and cycling routes all around the lake, Maderno and Salò are particularly good, while Limone is great for activities on both water and land. If you’d prefer to stay somewhere where you can enjoy the best of the sunshine, visit one of the southern resorts like Sirmione.
Bardolino’s Chiaretto Rosé Wine Festival usually takes place in late May. Whether you’re staying in the town itself or nearby in Garda or Lazise, it’s well worth visiting for wine-tasting, music, entertainment and activities. Riva also hosts various regattas including the European championships and Riva cup as well as two bike festivals: Sympatex and the Bike festival Garda Trentino.
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