Peschiera del Garda is undoubtedly one of the loveliest places to stay on Lake Garda.
What's so good about it? Read on...
Andrew and I have always stayed at the Hotel Puccini. It is at the end of the promenade, near the beaches, and a short walk from the old town.
The owners of the hotel know the area inside out and will offer you tons of advice on places to visit; most of their advice is excellent. Just don't eat at the restaurant down the road and to the left; even if the hotel recommends it, which they will, they own it! While it may offer great views, the food is bland and uninspiring.
The hotel itself is fabulous and clean, with a great swimming pool and views over the lake from most rooms. I always look forward to returning, and I have yet to be disappointed.
It can book up quickly in the summer, though, so don't leave it too late. We did that once and ended up having to stay elsewhere, and the place we stayed at was so terrible that it ruined our vacation.
Head to the Beach
Peschiera del Garda has a long beach, which, although pebbly, is a pleasant place. For the best Garda beaches access our Garda Beach Guide here. There is also a lovely lakeside promenade which runs all the way from the old town to the beach. I particularly enjoy summer evenings; the family and I buy gelato (ice cream) and stroll along the promenade, listening to the sound of Italians chattering away while the lake gently laps at the shore and the sky turns golden. Bliss!
Explore an Ancient Fortress
The town's roots stretch back to Roman times, and number one on the historical attractions list is the Rocca Scaligera, a formidable fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortress and walls were originally built by the Romans, but the current ones date back to the 14th century. You can explore its intricate architecture, walk along its ramparts, and take in panoramic views of Lake Garda and the surrounding landscape.
As you walk around the town, the canals leading onto the lake give it a little bit of a Venice feel.
Shop the Old Town
The town has now expanded beyond the original walls, but I love the old part of town. Its historic center is a charming maze of narrow streets, colorful buildings, and quaint shops, a delightful place to savor the ambiance of this ancient town, where you'll discover hidden corners, small piazzas, and inviting cafes. I always find a few good shops to waste my money. For serious shopping, though, the Monday market is by far the best option.
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The best option is to pick up a car rental at the airport; that way, you'll have more freedom to explore Lake Garda and the surrounding towns and countryside. Once you've got the car, take the A4 motorway eastbound, heading towards Venice. Continue on the A4 until you reach the Peschiera del Garda exit. The journey typically takes around 1.5 to 2 hours by car, depending on traffic conditions. For our guide to driving in Italy, filled with essential tips, click here.
From Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP):
From Milan Linate Airport (LIN):
The closest major airport to Peschiera del Garda is Verona Airport (Valerio Catullo), conveniently situated just 20 kilometers away. You can easily reach Peschiera del Garda by taxi or rental car. The scenic drive from the airport to the town takes approximately 20-30 minutes, offering you your first glimpse of the stunning Lake Garda landscape.
From Venice Marco Polo Airport:
From Treviso Airport:
Once you arrive in Peschiera del Garda, getting around is convenient. The town is easily navigable by foot, and many attractions are within walking distance of each other. If you plan to explore the surrounding areas or take a leisurely ride along the shores of Lake Garda, consider renting a bicycle.