Garda is the largest Italian Lake: the itinerary starts from the town of Brescia in Lombardy, known for its ancient metallurgical tradition and second only to Milan for population size and economic importance. The city reaches the Riviera of Lake Garda allowing visitors to explore the fascinating natural scenery and examples of fine art.
In Brescia do not miss Piazza della Loggia, the Duomo, the Capitoline temple and the Roman theatre together with the principal Roman archaeological site in Lombardy. Taste the renowned casoncelli bresciani, a pasta dish, or ask for Minestra mariconda and Polenta to match with the precious wines that this land has to offer.
Then head to Gargnano via SS237, located on the western shore of Lake Garda in the middle of the “Parco Alto Garda Bresciano” where you can admire magnificent villas and palaces with beautiful gardens reminiscent of their wealthy past.
Follow the banks of the lake to get to Salo’ where Benito Mussolini seated his Social Republic between 1943 and 1945 before being captured by the Partisans. Then, with just a 40 minutes drive you can finally reach the southern side of the lake and be amazed by the beautiful Desenzano del Garda and the unique Sirmione, an historic Roman village located on a peninsula and only accessible on foot by crossing the old medieval walls of the Scaligero Castle.
Here you can explore the famous Grotte di Catullo, the ruins of a Roman Villa that once belonged to the namesake poet who lived there in the 1st century BC, hire a small boat for a scenic sailing trip on Lake Garda or relax at the thermal spa.