Gardone Riveria Tourist Information
Lake Garda Tourist Information - Gardone Riviera
Time mores more slowly in Gardone Riviera, Lake Garda with the emphasis being on a quiet peaceful holiday, enjoying the view of the lake and the many floral gardens and opulent villas that surround Gardone Riviera. Gardone has a lovely promenade normally decorated with flowers from the area with its gelaterias (ice cream parlours), bars, restaurants, pizzerias and cafes, Gardone Riviera is an elegant and sophisticated resort with its warm climate and exclusive atmosphere.
As the ferry arrives at the terminal, the first building you will see is the Grand Hotel which was a very popular holiday location for Winston Churchill. The hotel still looks as splendid and attractive now as it did when Churchill was a mere 'nipper'. He frequently spent his summers in Gardone, enjoying his less well known pastime of painting. This is close to the equally imposing Savoy Palace! There are some very nice Lake Garda Hotels at Gardone!
The parks and gardens at Gardone are very special, following the roads and paths away from the lake (they can get steep though!) leading to the gardens and former home of the poet Gabriele d' Annunzio (who I'd never heard of either!), Vittoriale degli Italiani, but this does make for a great day out exploring the eclectic range of buildings and gardens, which include his ancient car, the aeroplane he used to drop leaflets in the First World War (safer than bombs!) and even the prow of the ship on which he served. Our verdict.......It's an interesting day out!
If that wasn't enough chlorophyll for one day There is also the Botanical Garden of Arthur Hruska, who was dentist to a Russian Tsar (which must have paid well!) which is now owned by an Austrian multimedia artist! It now consists of an interesting combination of modern sculpture and the trees, shrubs and attractive flora of the original gardens including camphor trees, bamboo plants, water lillies.
As an excursion, Salo is not to be missed but much nearer is the little village of San Michele. There are some wonderful views from this little village, but it is an hour uphill on foot so consider taking one of the buses that leave from Gardone. Once there though, this is a great base for further hill walking to see the springs and waterfalls of the surrounding hills, should you prefer a more energetic holiday. See San Michele on a map. Also in case you just can't get enough of the green stuff, also checkout the Parco Alto Garda Bresciano, which is actually at Gargnano a little further North on the Lake. Unfortunately the official website is only in Italian.
Gardone is not a large shopping centre but nevetheless has a small selection of rather nice shops to browse away and hour or so.
Gardone is naturally very well known for growing sweet-smelling lemons (called zardi de limu) and in additional to Churchill was visited by various writers and poets including Goethe, Ibsen and Lawrence, but probably not all at the same time!
Our verdict......one of the smaller towns on the Lake but a great place to visit or stay for a relaxing holiday, with much more to see nearby than you would imagine.