Lake Garda is gorgeous in September when the summer heat and crowds have subsided leaving a comfortable, balmy climate with space to enjoy the surroundings.
Popular resorts like Garda and Malcesine and smaller towns such as Maderno and Torri that are quite busy in the summer months are a lot quieter at this time of year – perfect if you’re looking for a peaceful holiday – while larger towns like Desenzano and Riva have a bustling atmosphere year-round and hit the spot if you’d prefer to stay in a living and breathing Italian town.
For the best of the September sunshine, stay on the south end of the lake (Lazise, Peschiera, Sirmione) or for a refreshing breeze on an active holiday, head towards the north. Lake Garda is a popular destination for water-sports and September’s cooler weather is ideal for cycling and walking holidays, if you’re someone who finds the summer months can sometimes be too hot to enjoy the sporty holidays at a faster pace. The best places to stay for active holidays in September include Salò, Limone and Torbole.
September does see occasional rainfall in Lake Garda and damp spells are a great excuse to visit the area’s museums, churches and shops. Bardolino has some fantastic museums, Riva is excellent for shopping and Sirmione’s famous thermal springs are perfect for warming up in the cool weather.
The Cento Miglia (hundred mile) is an important sailing regatta in Desenzano which also has a festival to celebrate the grape harvest in September. Also in September, Salò celebrates its festival of the shores and there are various classical music events in Gardone Riviera throughout the month.
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