First trip to Lake Garda – what to experience?

I’m heading to Italy for the first time ever in October and I cannot wait. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy and for some reason or another, I’ve never quite got round to it.

After reading our Active Ambassador’s posts over the summer, I felt inspired to go and experience Lake Garda for myself.  I love being outdoors and I do love a good view! I can’t promise that I’ll be quite as active as James but I definitely want to experience as much of the area as possible over the seven days.

Here’s my list of what I’d like to experience:

Experience the Lake

The focal point of the stunning region is the incredibly beautiful Lake Garda itself. A few people have suggested a swim but I don’t think I’m that brave – according to google the water temperature in October is between 10°-15°c. I think hiring a boat for a bit and zipping around, or maybe a more gentle kayak will be the perfect way to appreciate the area from the water.

Malcese, Lake Garda

Malcese, Lake Garda

A trip up Monte Baldo

On a clear day I’d love to take the cable cars up Monte Baldo. Setting off from Malcesine on the east side of the lake, the cable cars zip up the mountain, offering incredible views over the Lake and surrounding mountains. You can save a bit of money on tickets if you travel up the mountain before 9:30am. Perfect for us because we want to try out some of the hiking trails and we’ll take a picnic to enjoy with the stunning views.

A day in Venice

Venice is just a 1h 15mins train journey from Peschiera del Garda so in my eyes it’s a must do. I can’t wait to wander around all of the tiny streets and take in the magnificent piazzas. Maybe there will be time for a gondola ride too.

San Marco Square

San Marco Square

A day in Verona

With Verona being just a 15 minute train ride from Peschiera del Garda, I would love to see more of the city than just the airport. It’s most famous for being home to Romeo and Juliet’s balcony but there’s a lot more to see here too, including some fantastic Roman architecture.

A day in Bologna

Bologna is known as the foodie heaven of Italy so there’s no way I can be just over an hour away and not visit. As well as fantastic food, this city looks really interesting with some incredible buildings.


I’m not a big roller coaster fan but I love visiting theme parks and I’ve heard so much about Gardaland that it would be a shame to miss it off the list. If you buy your ticket for Gardaland between 2pm and 6pm you can get a discounted rate as you’re not spending the whole day there. Perfect!

Gardaland theme park

Gardaland theme park

Is there anything else that you would recommend doing in the Lake Garda area?

If you fancy your own Lake Garda adventure this October, Canvas Holidays has three campsites still open: Camping Butterfly, Bella Italia and Belvedere Village.


  1. Hi Nicola, we have just returned from our first ever trip to lake Garda and it was a truly wonderful 2 weeks. We would recommend visiting Bardolino and Salo for authentic restaurants and beautiful walks along the promenade. We hired a boat from Moniga and sailed across to Bardolino which made it a sun day out. Enjoy your trip! We will definantely go back! x

    • Hi Claire, thanks very much for the tips! It’s such a beautiful area isn’t it. I sadly didn’t have time to try out your recommendations, but like yourself, I’ll definitely be back. I was only there for a week and it wasn’t long enough at all! We visited Lazise and Sirmione which were both beautiful and made me want to visit every town around the lake. Hope you make it back again there soon 🙂

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