Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is situated in a stunning spot close to the romantic city of Verona. With scenery as diverse as olive and lemon groves, picturesque towns and mountains (the Alps and Dolomites are at either end of the lake), Italy breaks to Lake Garda are certainly romantic. Towns like Salo, filled with cafes and restaurants are vibrant and modern. Others such as Limone with its fishermen's houses and lemon groves, and Riva with its medieval old town and 14th century castle are quaint and enjoy a slower pace of life. This part of Italy is perfect for exploring by bike or on foot. And if you love water-sports, then Lake Garda itself is the main attraction.
Lake Garda holidays
The Sirmione Peninsula has a 3-star hotel called the Porto Azzurro, which has the lake on its doorstep. First Choice has a 1-week holiday for 2 people to the Porto Azzurro hotel for £578 per person, including breakfast. The flights are from Gatwick on the 21st September. Or why not try the all-inclusive Leonardo da Vinci Hotel in Limone, which costs £595 per person for 1 week flying on the 24th September. Both these holidays can be booked online at www.firstchoice.co.uk.
Two very different breaks can be found at www.thomson.co.uk. The 4-star Antico Borgo hotel in the heart of Riva old town is luxurious and romantic. If you're looking for a more homely hotel then the family run Casa Canarino, also in Riva, has a 7-night break in September for £468 per person.
Last minute breaks to Lake Garda, Italy
www.lastminute.com has Italy breaks to Lake Garda starting from £389 per person, flying from either London Gatwick or Manchester. The 3-star Hotel Atelier is in the Gardone Riviera and is near the lake between Sala and Limone. There is plenty to do here with the Hruska Botanical Gardens to explore, a thriving Saturday market to discover, as well as easy access by ferry to other towns and villages on the lake. It's the perfect place to enjoy a romantic stroll along the lakeside at sunset.