Wineries, olive groves, beaches, the pure Italian charm and the unique beauty of Lake Garda, Italy. Le coinesseurs will immediately think at Bardolino, a modern city that kept its timeless beauty intact over the centuries. A heaven if you love peaceful places. The commune is also the perfect destination if you enjoy hiking, you are a mountain biker or a wellness lovers.
In Bardolino you will fully enjoy La Dolce Vita Italiana. Being such a stylish and posh destination, this city is totally hassle free. Thanks to its position, Bardolino is ideal to explore the south and also the north of Garda Lake and also Verona, or to enjoy a day in Gardaland, if you came with kids.
The food is amazing, the bars and wine extraordinary and there are also beaches! Then, you’ll love to visit some very old churches, 9-12 centuries, with beautiful frescoes.
Things to do in Bardolino
Walks on the lakeshore, wandering the city, shopping, with many stops for an ice-cream, a ristretto* or a glass of wine.
*ristretto – Italian coffee – Italians drink it as a shot, sometime standing, they often stop in a venue, order, drink and leave
Festivals: The Carnival of “Bacchus and Ariadne”, ”Garda Festival”, “Festa dell’Uva e del Vino” etc, just check in advance what Festivals & Events take place in Garda Lake area during your stay.
Weekly Flea Market – each city in Lake Garda has a Market Day – in Bardolino is Thursday, with local products but also souvenirs and clothes. In what I saw, the products you can usually find in the stores as well.
Long walks: there is a path that follows the lake shore, that is very easy an connects more villages: Garda, Bardolino, Lazise and Peschiera del Garda. Cisano is 20 minutes to Peschiera del Garda, that you will reach in two hours from Bardolino. In the opposite direction, it is, Garda, 45 minutes by foot, a magnificent city as well. Walking these paths will give you the opportunity to admire the beauty of the lake, the vegetation and to enjoy the fresh air. It is good for your mind, heart and silhouette!
Hiking – there are 14 hiking trails around Bardolino. To choose one, I recommend to visit this site that gathered all information and directions and choose the right one for you!
Mountain bike: there are lots of trails suitable for mountain bikers, look here the TOP 10, with directions and information.
Visit the amazing monuments: San Zeno church, 9th century, with original frescoes, San Severo church, 11-12 century frescoes from 12-14 century, the city walls, from 12th century.
Visit the wine museum: Zeni, that has cellars and where you can taste and purchase Bardolino wine. For individuals the entrance is free, for groups you need reservation.
Visit the other beautiful cities on the lake. Don’t miss: Sirmione and Malcesine. You can visit them by car, bus or boat, there are public services year round, check the timing and prices here
Eat in Bardolino
It is hard to find a bad meal in Bardolino, we couldn’t, yet, there are some spots you will probably love, for variety:
Gourmet / style: Evo Restaurant Bardolino, with mostly organic ingredients and meats and based on few main seasonal ingredients, local specialties and products from the lake. Unique flavors and dishes, amazing cuisine. We had some pasta with sea urchins and bottarga, shrimps carpaccio and other delicious treats. Paired with an amazing sparkling rose wine.
Ristorante Pizzeria Al Porto – a good choice for lunch and wines, lots of fresh specialties.
L’Arte Della Pizza – best pizza in Bardolino village. The selection is huge and you can mix as much as you like. You gotta stop here and try some. Also, will save you a lot of time. They do not have an website, yet they are in the center, you will find the place quick. Very good reviews in TripAdvisor! – Via Goffredo Mameli, 19
Ice-creams: everywhere. While in Italy I can totally swap a meal with two ice creams. So delicious!
Accomodation in Bardolino:
There are many wonderful hotels and in Bardolino, we stayed at Aqualux Resort SPA &Suites. Although is minutes away on foot to the old center, has a beautiful SPA and wellness with 8 interior and exterior pools and jacuzzi. The hotel is open year round, one of the few in Lake Garda.
Arrive in Bardolino
Bardolino is 30 kilometers of Verona. So verona Airport is the closest, yet you can arrive in Milano Bergamo or Milano Malpensa and arrive here with a car or a combination of bus+train.
And for more inspiration, take a look at my video from Bardolino:
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