This evening I could have already been in Verona, but here beside me was this majestic prodigy of nature, this marvellous spectacle, Lake Garda, and I did not want to miss it. I was profusely rewarded for having strayed out of my way.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Visiting Lake Garda means entering a special environment, leaving the everyday activities behind and enjoying the experience of this vast lake (“our sea” as it is known by the fondest tourists), to enjoy the Mediterranean vegetation (lemon and olive trees, vineyards, cypresses), bathe in the sun that always shines here and retrace its history among ancient religious buildings, constructions from the Roman era, Liberty villas inhabited by the Mitteleuropean nobility and modern international resorts.
Garda is the most important lake in Europe, a stage for historical events and a location for holidays, sport and entertainment. All you need to do is reach the shores, admire the crown of hills that mark its horizon, the colours of a flora and fauna that blend harmoniously each season; all it takes is a glance at the clear waters ideal for bathing and fishing to understand how many great writers have been inspired by its atmosphere. Millions of tourists continue to visit from all over the world to enjoy the climate, nature, facilities and infinite opportunities for entertainment.
The villages that used to be inhabited by fishermen have today been transformed into areas animated by cosmopolitan tourists who flock to the hotels, holiday homes and camp sites every year. The ancient, triangular lateen sailing boats that travelled from one shore of the lake to the other to transport people and goods have been replaced by light and high speed streamlined boats. The lake of the poets, host to the Latin poet Catullus, the poet and war hero Gabriele D’Annunzio, the English romantics Lord Byron and D.H. Lawrence and the German Goethe as well as thousands of others is still today the source of inspiration and a place full of delights.