Lake Garda is Italy’s biggest lake. Its wider part to the south is surrounded by morainic hills that were left following the glacier recession, while the narrow northern part is enclosed by the mountains that create its fjord shape configuration and provide a very mild Mediterranean climate. The luminous environment, temperate climate, and flourishing vegetation - mainly olive and lemon groves, palms, cypresses, oleanders and orange trees - along with the majestic landscapes are the background to the remarkable historical and cultural remains spread all around and make this lake the most charming in Italy. Its beautiful surroundings have inspired authors and artists alike. It has both old charming villages and modern towns with all manner of facilities. It provides a very versatile holiday destination, where you can find peace and quiet and wild nightlife, not to mention the somewhat challenging experience of visiting the famous theme park, Gardaland. There is a wealth of opportunity for excursions from here, either up to the Dolomites, or to the smaller lakes of Tenno, Ledro and Iseo. You can find famous places of interest in Verona, Brescia and Trento, but don’t forget the wonderful trip along River Mincio down to Mantova, where you can visit the beautiful flower garden, "Parco Sigurtà" en route. To the north and west, the mountains rise vertically from the lake, and there is an impressive drive from Gardone Riviera up to Riva del Garda on winding roads and through tunnels. Given the intense colour of its water with a marked shade of blue and matchless transparency, Lake Garda is a unique spot where visitors and guests can enjoy a holiday full of relaxation, sports, fun and the thrill of discovering new places. In fact today the lake is considered one of the best places around for hang-gliding, paragliding, windsurfing and mountain biking. The pleasant climate, fantastic countryside, the many historical places of interest and the hospitable people make Lake Garda an internationally famous holiday destination.
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