Lake Garda is one of the great mountain lakes of the Alps. Somewhat less famous than the neighboring (and more glamorous) Lake Como, Lake Garda is nevertheless considered by many to be the more beautiful of the two. This is perhaps in part due to the fact that Lake Garda is larger and less developed (and less glitzi).
The beautiful Alpine lake region of Northern Italy was visited and settled by humans in prehistoric times, long before the Roman Empire became established in the area. Lake Garda was a recreational destination during Roman times, and despite a number of terrible battles that have occurred near the lake throughout its history, it remains a top vacation destination. The lakeshore town of Salo briefly served as the national capital during World War II.
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and one of the largest bodies of water in the Alps. It is fed primarily by the Sarca River. It is surrounded by picturesque mountains, forests and villages, and even Roman ruins and a theme park. A variety of aquatic creatures dwell in the lake, notably a large number of lake trout.
Lake Garda is a major vacation destination for Italians, with large numbers of outdoor enthusiasts descending on the place during the warmer months. Hiking, fishing and boating are popular (ferries criss-cross the lake between the various villages). Web: www.visitgarda.com (official website).