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Italy newbie hoping for a little guidance

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Italy newbie hoping for a little guidance

Hello, me and my bf are wanting to visit Italy in September for a week and we're thinking about Lake Garda. I appreciate it's going to be more expensive than a cheap week in Spain but I don't want to go overboard on price.

We ideally want somewhere that is quite touristy with cafes and restaurants to eat in on an evening without being too far off the beaten track. We're not bothered about a poolside or beach holiday but we do want to enjoy the good weather we would probably spend our days walking around the local area, stopping in bars and cafes for refreshments and taking in the scenery and culture. We would be interested in hiring bikes for a day or two and possibly taking a day trip or two.

I mainly want to know the main tourist areas so I don't book somewhere too quiet or off the beaten track.

And although we're looking at lake garda, any suggestions of other areas that would fit the above criteria would be great.

Thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: Italy newbie hoping for a little guidance

Well, I think that Desenzano is the most fashionable place to stay at Lake of Garda.

But if you want to admire the beauty of the lake as well, you might stop in Sirmione or Bardolino or Malcesine or Torri del Benaco

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2. Re: Italy newbie hoping for a little guidance

Hi, Garda or Bardolino would ideal, having everything you seem to want and very easy for getting around the lake. Both towns have numerous restaurants, cafes and bars, lakeside paths, nice promenades and as well as being able to get to Verona and even Venice if you so wish. Most hotels offer bike hire and there are also bike hike shops in the towns. There is a flat lakeside cycle/footpath stretching from Garda through Bardolino and down to Lazise.

Edited: 14 April 2014, 09:36
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3. Re: Italy newbie hoping for a little guidance

Hi, I agree with the suggestions of Garda and Bardolino especially if you are planning to hire bikes. You could also consider Riva del Garda which is the second-largest town on the lake. There's a lakeside cycle path to the next town of Torbole and from there another cycle path to the very pretty town of Arco.

You asked for suggestions for other areas of Italy that would fit your criteria of touristy, scenic and with lots of cafes and restaurants. Sorrento would fit the bill although in my experience it's a little more expensive than lake Garda.

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