The most popular visitor attractions, places to see & things to do in & near Torbole Italy.
This northern town is absolutely brimming with activities and attractions of all shapes and sizes. With ideal conditions for water sports like windsurfing and sailing, amazing mountain terrain and lots of climbing and canyoning opportunity, this is one of Lake Garda’s sportiest towns, making it great if you’re looking for an active lake and mountain holiday. If you prefer sightseeing, natural wonders in the vicinity include the Marmitte del Giganti
and the Varone waterfall and there are some lovely historical and religious buildings in the area like the Penede ruins and the church of St Andrea. Spend hot summer days enjoying the refreshing breeze on one of the beaches where you can enjoy the action on the water (Lido Blu is great for families as it is life guard patrolled). In the town itself, you’ll find a great variety of shops and some amazing cafes – keep your eyes peeled for Fernando Cian’s Busts which are dotted around.
Torbole Walking & Hiking: Torbole’s mountainous landscape makes it a really popular place for hiking; take the challenging tracks to Dosso dei Roveri or climb to the summit of Mount Altissimo from nearby Nago. You’re spoilt for choice with excursions offering great views of the lake and mountains: Holy Lucia’s road takes you among the olive trees with great sights over the lake and Belvedere and the Penede ruins are well worth walking to if you want to appreciate the landscape. Some holidays offer guided walks of varying length and difficulty, where you can experience the surroundings in the company of an expert.
Torbole Cycling & Mountain Biking: There are some great cobbled cycle paths in the Santa Lucia valley as well as routes along the river Sarca, through forests and vineyards and along the lakeside promenade to Riva. Mountain terrain is seriously good around here which makes it a prime spot for mountain biking holidays on Lake Garda; seek out dirt tracks and steeps on Monte Velo (which literally translates to bike mountain) and enjoy the climbs and descents on Monte Altissimo. For shorter rides, there are a few good routes to Nago and you can climb Monte Brione which offers an amazing view from the forts.
Torbole Water sports & Lake Activities: This is an absolute Mecca for windsurfers – who travel from around the world, returning time and time again to enjoy the perfect conditions. Equipment hire and storage are available at various locations and it’s a fantastic place to learn to ‘surf with a range of courses for adults and children and sheltered practice areas for beginners. The strong, steady winds here (‘Peler’ from the north in the morning and ‘Ora’ from the south in the afternoon) makes this a great location for sailing too. Other water activities include kayaking and kite surfing and you can hire motorboats for trips around the lake.
For a spectacular view over Lake Garda and a pocket-sized look into some of Torbole’s history, hike up to the ruins of the former Penede Castle, located in the Nago part of the town.
A new adventure park with tree top climbing and other activities. Scale some serious heights bridges, platforms, lines and pulleys for all ages. Busatte also has a new and improved Bike Park with a BMX track, along with a volleyball/basketball court.
Look out for the works of art of sculptor Fernando Ciancianaini dotted around the town of Torbole. Clues of where to find his terracotta figures include the church of the Madonna delle Vittorie, the bronze in Piazza Alpini and a sculpture of Dante Alighieri found in the public gardens of the Tourism Office.
Reach the Belvedere Viewpoint either by car or on foot for a view that will leave you feeling on top of the world. With serene Lake Garda stretching out before you, this is a great spot for walks, bike rides and picnics.
These 19th Century Austro-Hungarian fortresses will give you access to an enchanting view over the town and its surroundings. Find them at the bottom of the road snaking down from Nago Torbole for a slice of history.
Saint Andrea is the patron saint looking over the fishermen of this North Italian town. Visit her church where you can find an impressive work of art dominating the altar by painter Giambettino Cignaroli which depicts Saint Andrea’s martyrdom. The church finds itself surrounded by olive groves with a spectacular view over the lake.
A simplistic church dating back to the 16th Century by the road to Rovereto, legend has it that San Rocco once paid refuge to the sick during the era of the plague.
On a small hill surrounded by old buildings, this old, charming and modest church is thought to have been built around the 12th century. Once home to a hermit, its interior now includes a simple altar and a painting of the bishop of Verona.
“The church of the Holy Trinity”. With marble interiors and wooden sculptures, this mismatch of materials of a 17th Century church is found on the St Zeno hill, acting as a stunning viewpoint over the lake.
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