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7 DAY LAKE GARDA AND VALPOLICELLA ITINERARY

Updated: Nov 20

Wine tasting, hikes with stunning views and as much pizza, pasta and gelato as possible

Sirmione castle

This itinerary is based on renting a car but there are public transport options around Lake Garda including buses, trains and taxis. To get to Valipolicella or Lake Garda from Verona airport you will first have to take the bus to Verona. To get to Valpolicella or Lake Garda from Milan Bergamo airport you will also have to change in Verona.


Day 1

  • Arrive at either Milan Bergamo or Verona airport

  • Pick up your rental car, take a taxi or the local bus to San Giorgio in Valpolicella and take a taxi to Villa Quaranta

  • 5pm - arrive at Villa Quaranta and check in and settle into your room

  • 6pm - drive or take a taxi to the nearby town of San Giorgio and explore

  • 7pm - have a sunset drink at Red Zone Art Bar

  • 8.30pm - have dinner close to Villa Quaranta at Trattoria La Coa' Di Tomas Beltramini

Day 2

  • 9am - have breakfast at Villa Quaranta

  • 10am - drive or take a taxi to Parco Delle Cascate - a waterfall park in Molino

  • 12pm - drive to Ponte Veja - the biggest natural bridge in Europe

  • 12:30pm - drive to the South of Lake Garda to Sirmione (you can park at Piazzale Monte Baldo for 2.50 per hour

  • 1:30pm - have a late lunch at either Ristorante L'Arcrimboldo (traditional Italian), Tavernetta Maria Callas (high end) or Civic 48 (burgers)

  • 2:30pm - explore Sirmione and top attractions are:

  1. Scaliger Castle

  2. Natural thermal pools

  3. Jamaica beach

  4. Grotte de Castillo

  5. Gelateria Scaligeri for the best gelato

  • 6pm - head back to Villa Quaranta

  • 7:30pm - have dinner at Ristorante Borgo Antico


Day 3

  • 9am - have breakfast at Villa Quaranta

  • 10am - drive into Verona and park at Porta Palio car park for free

  • 10:30am - explore Verona and top attractions are:

  1. Verona Arena

  2. Piazza Bra

  3. Casa di Guiletta

  4. Ponte di Castelvecchio bridge

  5. Piazzale Castel San Pietro

  6. Torre dei Lamberti

  7. Arco dei Gavi

  • 1pm - have lunch at either Osteria Ai Osei (northern Italian), Symposio (traditional Italian) or Burgerino (burgers)

  • 3pm - drive to the Tommasi winery for a tour and a wine tasting

  • 5pm - drive to Bardolino on Lake Garda and check in to Solho hotel

  • 7pm - have dinner at Biri

Amarone wine, Tommasi winery

Day 4

  • 9am - have breakfast at Solho Bardolino

  • 10am - explore Bardolino and Borgo Bardolino

  • 11am - walk along the promenade to Garda town

  • 1:30pm - explore the backstreets of Garda town and walk to the end of the promenade where you will find the sunbathing spots

  • 2pm - have lunch at either La Bussola (seafood), DiVino (high end), Piccolo hotel (lake views) or Pegaso (pizzeria)

  • 3:30pm - walk back to Bardolino and stop at Cristallos for an ice cream and an aperol spritz

  • 7:30pm - have dinner at D'Annunzio Cafe in Bardolino

Day 5

  • 9am - have breakfast at Solho Bardolino

  • 10am - climb La Rocca mountain from Bardolino to Garda or walk along the promenade to the nearby town of Lazise

  • 1pm - stop for lunch in Garda at one of the restaurants above or if you are in Lazise stop at either Pergolo (Mediterranean) or Porto Lion (Italian and seafood)

  • 3:30pm - back in Bardolino, head to the Lenotti winery for a tour and tasting

  • 7:30pm - have a delicious and affordable pizza at Caprice Pizzeria


Day 6

  • 9am - have breakfast at Solho Bardolino and then check out

  • 10am - drive to the Cantini Ricchi winery for a tour, tasting and vineyard picnic

  • 12pm - drive to Riva del Garda in the North of Lake Garda and check into your hotel

  • 2pm - explore Riva town and stop for lunch at either Panem or Cristallos

  • 7:30pm - have dinner at Leon D'Oro

Leon D'Oro Riva del Garda

Day 7

  • 9am - have breakfast at your hotel

  • 10am - drive to Villa Canale and explore this medieval town

  • 11am - take the short 0.10km walk to see the stunning Lake Tenno

  • 1pm - head back down the hill and stop at Parco Grotta Cascate (waterfall park)

  • 3pm - other options for the remainder of the day include:

  1. Viewpoints of Torre Apponale or the Bastione in the centre or Mount Brione

  2. Drive the Ponale road to Lake Ledro

  3. Visit the Varone waterfall (in a cave just outside of Riva centre)

  4. Visit Rocca di Riva (15 minute drive from centre)

  • 7:30pm - we had a second meal at Leon D'Oro because the food was so good. Other restaurant options include: La Colombara or Villino Beach

Lake Tenno

Day 8

  • Time to head back to the airport to fly home

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