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Its privileged geographic position between the Alps and the Po Valley make Lake Garda an attractive location for one’s home. The northern shore of the lake is surrounded by peaks of 2000m, for example the one of Monte Baldo, and is therefore well-known and very popular among sportspersons practising all kinds of sports. The southern shore gives way to the gentle slopes of the morainic hills; this landscape is dominated by vineyards, olive trees and cherry orchards. From here the famous cultural cities of Venice and Mantua as well as Italy’s capital of fashion, Milan, can easily be reached by car or train. Even daytrips in the summer to seaside resorts, such as Rimini, Riccione or Cesenatico, or in the winter to the Puster Valley and Italy’s classy ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio can easily be undertaken.
One has to admit that taxis at Lake Garda are hard to be found and, moreover, a pricy affair. In a lot of locations local public transport leaves much to be desired. On the other hand, Lake Garda can easily be reached via the large motorways A22 Brennero-Modena and A4 Milan-Venice, there are numerous airports, which also offer low cost flights, and the southern shore of Lake Garda, in particular, profits from a well-developed rail network.
Almost all places around Lake Garda are connected by a road which runs along the shore, the Gardesana. On the eastern side the Gardesana Orientale “SS 249” runs from Peschiera del Garda to Riva del Garda and becomes then the Gardesana Occidentale “SS 45 bis”, which runs along the western shore of the lake as far as Salò. The locations on the south-western shore of Lake Garda are not served by the Gardesana; here one has to drive along the state road “SS 572” from Salò to Desenzano del Garda and then continue on the “SS 11” to get back to Peschiera del Garda. A lot of locations at Lake Garda are served by ferries, which run fairly frequently. From Torri del Benaco and from Malcesine it is also possible to cross over to the opposite shore by car ferry.
The motorway A4 “Serenissima”, which runs from east to west in the south of the lake, is connected to the towns of Peschiera del Garda, Sirmione as well as Desenzano del Garda, all of them have their own exit off the motorway. The motorway A22 “Autobrennero” runs along the eastern side of the lake from the Austrian-Italian border to Modena and is connected with Lake Garda via the Affi and Rovereto south exits off the motorway.
The Verona-Milan railway line with train stations in Peschiera del Garda and Desenzano del Garda follows the course of the southern shore of Lake Garda. Just about 18 km east of Lake Garda Verona’s airport “Valerio Catullo” is situated and a mere 17 km behind Desenzano del Garda Brescia’s small airport “Gabriele d’Annunzio” with low cost flights to England can be found. Another airport which is constantly gaining importance is Bergamo’s airport “Orio al Serio” which offers numerous attractive flights to Germany and is only about 80 km west of Lake Garda. Even Venice’s airport “Marco Polo” is just about an hour’s drive from Lake Garda and offers numerous national and international flights.