GARDA LAKE TODAY
"I could have already been in Verona this evening, but I was close to a magnificent product of nature, a splendid spectacle, Lake Garda. I did not want to miss it, and I was repaid for my detour." GOETHE
Garda Lake is the biggest Italian lake, with an extension of about 370 km². It laps 3 regions Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino and other towns: Sirmione, Desenzano del Garda, Salò, Gardone Riviera, Toscolano-Maderno, Limone sul Garda, Riva del Garda, Malcesine, Torri del Benaco, Garda, Bardolino, Lazise, Peschiera del Garda...Typical is its long triangle shape. The natural environment of the lake is rich and variegated tanks to its climatic differences: actually you can find Mediterranean climate on coastal area and continental/alpine climate on the mountains. Its flora includes first of all chestnut trees, walnut trees, olive trees and along the lake shores spontaneous vegetation like oleander bushes and forsythia. The ichthyic fauna is very reach of different species like eels, carps, chubs, whitefishes, pikes, basses, tenches and trout. The eastern lakesides are part of the Verona province and they are called “Coast of the Olive Trees”, seeing that in these areas a lot of olive trees grow up abundantly thank to the perfect climate. The western lakeshores, part of the province of Brescia, is called the “Coast of the Lemon Trees” for the same reason of the previous. In this area the lemon trees are cultivated on gardens created on terraces. Garda Lake has many touristic attractions.
The lake, surrounded by many enchanting towns, is able to welcome the tourist, the naturalist and the history lover, offering a rich and a rare heritage.