Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, covering some 370 square kilometres (142 square miles) and offers the sort of rich variety which can only be found in such a large area. All the beauties of Italy seem to be concentrated here, with history and art going back to the beginnings of civilization, an array of lake fauna, including rare specimens of fish and flora and breathtaking vistas in all directions.
In the south, the scenery is gentle as the lake opens into the Po Valley. But further north it becomes very dramatic, with the peak of Monte Baldo in the east (accessible by cable car) and the Dolomites to the north. The sparkling blue waters of the lake and profusion of flowers, notably bougainvillea, cypress trees, geraniums and oleander, are the hallmarks of this warm sunny region.
The lake has many delightful villages, several of them with charming harbours and imposing castles, the one at Malsecine being a fine example.
Our resort of Torbole sul Garda stands on a calcareous slope on the sides of Monte Baldo with the houses set in an amphitheatre on the bay. The most picturesque site of Torbole is the small port, where artists used to meet after the Second World War. The village of Torbole was preferred by many German painters who drew the inspiration for their works from its wild beauty and ambient light.
The world renowned gems of Venice and Verona are both an easy journey away and a little closer to home, Monte Baldo Nature Park, known as the ‘Garden of Europe’, with its botanical richness and enchanting nature trails is a splendid way to spend a few hours.
We use the Hotel Holiday, situated just 400m from the town centre and 500m from the shores of the lake.
Torbole boasts the longest lakeside on Garda, with white gravel beaches fringing the lake. The village is popular with windsurfers; the name Torbola derives from ‘turbine’, (whirlwind), which describes the town’s characteristic winds.