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15 Instagram-worthy places on Lake Garda

Lake Garda is a region full of attractions, evocative atmospheres, and enchanting views. From beautiful tourist towns like Salò, Desenzano, and Sirmione to the quieter atmospheres of Tremosine and Tignale, the waters of Benaco (as Lake Garda is also called) surprise those who approach them for the first time. Even those who periodically return to spend relaxing holidays or short weekends are not immune.

So, let yourself fall under the spell of these magnificent places: discover the 15 most Instagram-worthy places on Lake Garda during a wonderful trip from south to north along the coast!

1) Sirmione and Scaligeri Castle

Access point to Sirmione’s historic centre, it is impossible not to take a picture of Scaligeri Castle. An incredible view any time of the day and night, when coloured lights illuminate the fortress creating a fairy-tale effect. Come and see for yourself!

 

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2) Sirmione – Jamaica Beach

Charming summer destination in a history-rich area, in proximity to Grottoes of Catullus, Jamaica Beach in Sirmione is the place to be at sunset, to enjoy spectacular views of this part of the lake which looks more like the Caribbeans. A corner of paradise for those who are seeking a cool, relaxing place.

 

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3) Tower of S. Martino della Battaglia

Let’s drive a few minutes away from the lake and dedicate an Instagram post to San Martino della Battaglia tower. This extremely well preserved monument is a testament to the Independence Wars which led to the unification of Italy.

 

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The tower, the museum, and the ossuary are open to the public. The top of the tower offers an outstanding view of lower Lake Garda and the surrounding morainic hills.

4) Desenzano

Well known for its beautiful lakefront promenade and old centre, Desenzano has no shortage of surprising corners. One of the most popular views is the famous port of Desenzano, true nightlife hot spot and the perfect backdrop for romantic walks.

 

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5) Rocca di Manerba (Fortification)

Another pride of western Lake Garda is Rocca di Manerba, standing in a strategic position dominating the lake and easy to reach:

The cross on top of the fortification is considered one of the best panoramic spots in Lake Garda.

6) San Felice del Benaco – Isola del Garda

An enchanted place between the Gulf of Salò and Baia dello Smeraldo bay, with an imposing villa surrounded by luxuriant nature and splendid Italian gardens: 

 

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Fun fact: Isola del Garda houses unique and unusual flowers in our region. There are even palm trees coming from the Canary Islands.

7) Salò

The timeless charm of Salò deserves a snapshot irrespective of the weather conditions:

 

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Its lakefront, among the most beautiful and long in the area, is conducive to long walks breathing in the lake air and admiring the beautiful colours of the water.

8) Gardone Riviera

Known mainly for Vittoriale degli Italiani, Gardone Riviera offers a beautiful lakefront promenade and also a very well preserved historic centre:

 

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9) Paper Valley in Toscolano Maderno

Once upon a time … and thankfully,still today, as this picture testifies:

 

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In the past, the Paper Valley in Toscolano Maderno, known today as a one of the most important museum complexes in Italy, was home to 60 paper mills . The remains of some of the buildings are still visible today. The Paper Museum displays some invaluable historic artifacts and uses signage and videos to take us back in time. The visit is suitable for all ages.

10) Gargnano

The old centre of Gargnano is among the most picturesque in Lake Garda, as is clear from this picture:

 

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It is possible to enjoy excellent local dishes and purchase local specialties, including famous limoncello.

11) Tignale – Monte Castello Hermitage

Leaving the coastal road, you can reach Tignale, an exceptionally beautiful village with spectacular views:  This picture depicts Monte Castello Hermitage surrounded by the blue of the water and the sky.

 

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12) Strada della Forra and view over Campione

One of the favourite angles for instagrammers is the panoramic view of Strada della Forra (Gorge road) with view of Campione del Garda:

13) Tremosine

Strada della Forra, which Winston Churchill called “the eighth wonder of the world”, connects the lake with Tremosine Sul Garda. One of the most Beautiful Small Towns in Italy, this village welcomes you with its terrazza del brivido (Shivers terrace) and delicious traditional products like formaggella di Tremosine cheese.

 

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14) Limone sul Garda

Let’s go back to the lake to reach the town of Limone sul Garda. Every corner reveals wonders. Everywhere you look you will find colours.

 

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Limone is the starting point for the walk leading to the new Lake Garda Walk and Cycle Path.

15) View from Lake Garda Walk and Cycle Path

Recently opened, the new Lake Garda Walk and Cycle Path is considered the most spectacular track in Europe:

 

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Perched over the lake, yet completely safe, you can experience 2 km of pure bliss rocked by the waters, surrounded by imposing rocks, and looking at majestic Mount Baldo.

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