Discover the hidden gems: Lake Garda’s 5 most famous Italian attractions!

Explore the Italian treasures around Lake Garda: a guide to attractions in Verona, Milan, Mantua and Venice. Unique experiences in Italy

Italy is the country everyone wants to visit on the world stage, isn’t it? Look at the architecture, the fashion, the unmistakable Italian style, the art and, of course, the gastronomy. That’s why everyone’s gagging for a holiday in Italy. The hypnotic landscapes, endless nosh, coastline for days, historical bits and bobs, monuments – it’s all there.

But let’s talk about the big guns, the ones everyone knows – Milan, Rome, Venice, or the attractions that scream ‘Italy!’ like the Colosseum, the Pisa Tower, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, or the Vatican Museums. No wonder Italy’s rocking the highest number of UNESCO heritage sites.

Then there are spots like Lake Garda, surrounded by the hottest attractions globally. We’re taking you on a tour of the top 5 attractions around Lake Garda.

Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano)

The Duomo di Milano is an architectural masterpiece, the symbol of Milan. This colossal cathedral, with its mind-blowing Gothic facade adorned with statues and spires, rules Milan’s skyline. You can climb the roof for a panoramic view of Milan and the surrounding Alps. Inside is just as mind-blowing, with intricate stained glass and stunning sculptures. The Duomo’s a mix of history, art, and religious vibes, making it a must-see for tourists and locals alike.

St. Mark’s Square in Venice (Piazza San Marco a Venezia)

Right in the heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square is pure class, surrounded by historic buildings. Dominated by St. Mark’s Basilica and the Campanile, the square is a showcase of Venetian architecture. The Basilica itself is a Byzantine architectural gem, decked out with intricate mosaics and statues. St. Mark’s Square is buzzing with cafes, shops, and lively vibes – a cultural and social hub giving visitors a glimpse into Venice’s historical greatness.

Rialto Bridge in Venice (Ponte Rialto a Venezia)

The Rialto Bridge, about an hour’s drive from Lake Garda, is Venice’s iconic landmark. This architectural wonder, crossing the Grand Canal, is the city’s oldest and most famous bridge. Lined with shops on both sides, it’s a unique shopping experience. From the bridge, you cop a breathtaking view of the canal and the city. Rialto Bridge isn’t just a crossing; it’s a symbol of Venice’s rich history and architectural flair.

Arena di Verona

Verona’s Arena, a stunning Roman amphitheatre from 30 AD, is the largest still in use, seating over 30,000. World-renowned for opera, TV gigs, and concerts by global artists, it pulls visitors from all corners. Its grandiosity and historical vibe make it an unmissable destination for those wanting to dive into Italy’s cultural richness.

Palazzo Te in Mantua

Just a 45-minute drive from Lake Garda, Palazzo Te is a Renaissance gem in the charming town of Mantua. Built in the 16th century, commissioned by Federico II Gonzaga and designed by the famous Giulio Romano, the palace is known for its innovative architecture and jaw-dropping frescoes. The interiors boast captivating frescoes telling mythological tales, showcasing the artistic genius of the Renaissance period. Palazzo Te is a testament to Italy’s cultural richness during the Renaissance.

Lake Garda isn’t just a holiday spot; it’s a land full of experiences, history, culture, and art waiting to be discovered. Easy peasy to explore Italy’s iconic spots with quick car jaunts. Don’t wait – book your Lake Garda vacay now. Click here to pick your experiences, hotels, and restaurants to make your stay by the biggest Italian lake unforgettable.

Walter Sestili

Destination Marketing manager since 1998, in love with Lake Garda and its opportunities. For these reasons Garda Outdoors was born, a meeting place where the passion for this territory meets the tourist's curiosity to visit and discover the beauties of the most beautiful and largest of the Italian lakes.