Torbole is a small village on the northern shore of Lake Garda. As soon as you arrive in Torbole you will surely notice that the wind is strong, in fact, it is one of the favourite spots for those who practice windsurfing. You can even admire the acrobatics of dozens of surfers along the shore but beware of sore throats!
One of the things that impressed us most is the beautiful pastel colours of the palaces and houses of Torbole, but also of the other towns of the Garda.
Our advice is never to take the car as the entire lakefront is well served by cycle paths or, alternatively, you can rent a convenient scooter with which you can reach, in particular, all the neighbouring towns, such as the Varone waterfall, just above Riva del Garda, which is inside a small gorge. If you visit this, remember to take umbrellas or raincoats because it is like watching a torrential rain. At the entrance of the waterfall you can admire a splendid botanical garden.
Going up again a few kilometres, you will reach Tenno, from here you will be able to observe a spectacular panorama, the Garda from above. Don't forget to taste the characteristic “Carne Salada” (a kind of spicy roast beef), produced right in Tenno.
If you enjoyed Tenno's view, then you will surely want to proceed towards Malcesine and take the cable car that will take you to the top of Monte Baldo, from where you will see almost all the lake below, and you can also launch yourself off by paragliding if you feel like flying. We were always at the limit of two thousand meters but be careful and remembering a jacket.
When you return to Malcesine, you can relax by taking a nice walk in the historic centre of this wonderful medieval town and enjoy a nice dinner with lake fish. The nice restaurants here certainly are not lacking as they fully exceeded our expectations.
Another excellent way to move from one village to another is to take the boat. Board it to go to Sul Garda where you will surely lose yourself watching the kitesurf acrobats’ whirl under huge mountains. Once in Limone don't miss the “Limonaia del Castel”. This greenhouse for lemons belonged to some of the wealthiest families in Limone, before becoming the property of the municipality where it is now used for sightseeing.
Limone, however, is not only characterised by its greenhouse, but it is also a beautiful town full of alleys, ups and downs and views from which you can admire the surrounding mountains, the lake and Limone itself, perhaps sipping a fine liquor “Limoncello”.
Of all the towns of northern Garda, however, the most beautiful (as well as the largest) is certainly Riva del Garda. When you arrive there, you will be struck by the double soul of this place. In fact, it will seem to you to be simultaneously in a maritime location and in a mountain area. The historical centre instead vaguely recalls Venice and is also characterised by the soft pastel colours of the historic buildings.
Here too you can enjoy an excellent dinner based on lake fish or mountain meat, perhaps tasting an excellent Trentino, Verona or Brescia wine. All these areas are particularly suitable for producing excellent white or red wines.
Northern Garda is particularly suitable for those looking for a relaxing holiday, splendid views and for those who want to practice sports (cycling, mountain walking, windsurfing, kite surfing, climbing and paragliding are just some of the many activities you can practice). Even those with a passion for wine and food products will surely be satisfied, in addition to purely local products, such as carne salada, limoncello, oil and fish, other excellent products come from the nearby areas, such as the strangolapreti from Trentino, the Valpolicella and much more.
We are sure that a weekend in this beautiful location, characterised by the glorious mountains that surround a lake so big that it looks like a sea, will not disappoint you, the northern Garda is a small jewel, made of history, nature, sport, relaxation and excellent cuisine. So, why not book a flight and go and relax in the beautiful views.
The images and article were provided by Riccardo Cettolin and Francesca Moro;
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