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Verona, Lake Garda and Venice

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Verona, Lake Garda and Venice


We are planning to fly into Verona in June 2014 for 1 week in Italy. We are looking at staying in Lake Garda for 4 nights and 3 nights in Verona with a day trip to Venice.

The point of Lake Garda is for the scenery. We want to do walks, bike rides, boat trips and be surrounded by mountains and vineyards etc. However, we also would like to stay somewhere that has an atmosphere during the night. Busy atmospheric restaurants and bars - can anybody recommend best place to stay?

Same with Verona in that we would like to stay in area that has a great atmosphere at night so we can unwind, listen to music, eat great food and have a few drinks. Any suggestions?

Is a day trip to venice on the train easy enough and is 1 day enough to take in the sites and fully appreciate them without staying over and breaking the bank too much?

Any tips/advice you may offer on this trip would be greatly appreciated?


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1. Re: Verona, Lake Garda and Venice

In just one day in Venice you will barely get a glimpse of what Venice is like, however it is quite an easy trip by train from Verona.

Maybe choose before one or two things to see and focus on them.

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2. Re: Verona, Lake Garda and Venice

You have the mountains in the north of the lake and the vineyards are mostly to the south. The eastern side of the lake has long stretches of lakeside paths for gentle walking or cycling, if you want more strenuous mountain bike routes these are mostly in the north. All the main towns have numerous restaurants and bars with a lively atmosphere.

Will you be using public transport or a car? There is a direct bus from Verona that travels up the eastern shore of the lake but the journey time to the very north, Riva del Garda takes between 2 - 3 hours. There is also a train from Verona to the Peschiera del Garda at the south of the lake.

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Lake Garda is lovely but do try to spend more time in Venice quite unique,

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4. Re: Verona, Lake Garda and Venice

Hi thanks for your comments

we will be using public transport. is it easy enough to get around Lake Garda to see some of the main sites?

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5. Re: Verona, Lake Garda and Venice

In June you will be able to use the boats to travel all over the lake. This is last year's timetable to give you an idea of frequency and journey times:


The boats are quite expensive - this is the fares chart:


The buses are a lot cheaper than the boats but unfortunately you can't go all the way around the lake on the same bus. As Tepore mentioned, there's a bus service down the east side from Riva to Peschiera (and then to Verona). There's also a bus from Riva down the west side to Desenzano, and another bus along the south of the lake (Peschiera, Sirmione, Desenzano) connecting Verona with Brescia.

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6. Re: Verona, Lake Garda and Venice

while a day trip to Venice is doable, I would recommend staying at least one night (2 nights recommended). The best time to enjoy Venice is actually very early in the morning and late at night, when the crowd is thin. Waking up to the sight of the Grand Canal is a very memorable experience.

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