We’ve just come back after a lovely 2 week stay at Bed Bardolino and I can thoroughly recommend. Wonderful views of the surrounding vineyards, great place to relax on the balcony whilst the sun goes down and we felt really looked after by our hosts. The only minor thing is that it’s just a little too far to walk regularly into Bardolino (up some big hills), so we found the car we hired really handy, plus it allowed us to easily explore the rest of the lake.
Some more tips for anyone thinking of coming to Lake Garda… there’s free parking at Cisano which was a really lovely small village between Lazise and Bardolino. From there it’s about 30/40min walk either way to the 2 bigger towns – definitely do that as you see lots of little beachy bits along the way, one perfect for children as it was sandy. There are loads of great places to visit but top of the list were Malcesine where you can get a cable car up Mount Baldo – over 1700 feet and breathtaking in every sense. At the top there’s a great little playground for kids and they can do pony rides. We also loved Sirmione, fantastic castle to explore, lovely little town to meander around and wonderful ice-creams!
Anyone with young children should definitely visit Lazise as just outside the castle walls there’s a park plus an area you can pay to go in which has 3 bouncy castles, peddling go-carts, bungee trampolines, football/basket ball nets, crazy golf etc. It was the Italian equivalent of soft play and our 3 year old loved it after being bored round another medieval town!
Of course other musts with children are Gardaland and the aqua park near by. Both were brilliant and although quite pricey you can get discounts if you pick up the ‘welcome cards’ from the tourist info offices.
It’s also possible to visit some big cities if that’s what you’re after – we went to Verona which was lovely and enough for us but you can get to Venice and Milan. With this much to do, the amazing Italian food and wine and the lovely atmosphere right now I wish I was back there!
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