Escorted Rail Tours to Gardone Riviera
A peaceful resort at the shores of Lake Garda
The waterfront resort of Gardone Riviera has an amiable and laid-back feel - a perfect match for the glorious micro-climate that Lake Garda enjoys. With a climate similar to the Bay of Naples, citrus fruits flourish on the hillsides around the lake, while the summer sun is cooled by a gentle lake breeze. Gardone Riviera is only small, with a little piazza sloping down to the lakeshore and a peaceful lakeside promenade decorated with well-kept flowerbeds. The welcoming town has lined the promenade with benches for visitors to sit and relax. This is an ideal kind of place for lazy afternoons whiled away strolling along the lake or savouring delicious ice creams at outdoors cafés.
Gardone has a couple of the lake's great tourist destinations on its doorstep. The home of eccentric poet Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863-1938), which he named after an Italian military victory: Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, The house is a pretentious and excessive memorial to a very unusual Italian. The town's other prize attraction is a botanic garden, the Heller Garden, also known as the Giardino Hruska Botanico, which contains tropical plants and displays.