We are arriving and departing from Verona airport and staying for 8 nights in Ortisei this coming June (we can't wait!). When we arrive, we'll drive directly to Ortisei. On our return back to Verona's airport, we are thinking of stopping in Trento to visit the Castello del Buonconsiglio and it seems that the historic center would be fun to walk around - Trento is roughly a 1 hour 10 minute drive from Ortisei. I see on the map that the motorway to Verona runs parallel to the small road on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. We have 2 nights (maybe 3) with a flight departure at 7:45 AM, so the last night will need to be very close to the airport. What do you think of these possibilities - we prefer to limit our driving time for a day to 2 hours.
My questions are:
1. Stay 1 night in Trento? Or somewhere on Lake Garda?
2. Drive from Trento to Villafranca airport - on the motorway, it's 1 hour 10 minutes. Are there any scenic stops we could make along the way to fully enjoy it?
3. I thought of driving the east coast of Lake Garda, According to Via Michelin, the driving times from Trento to Riva del Garda and south through Bardolino to Villafranca is roughly 3+ hours without any stops. From my reading, the towns of Malcesine, Torri del Benaco, Punta di San Bigilio, Garda look like they would enjoyable to visit. I love gardens, and I'd be interested in going to iL Vittoriale in Gardone Riviera but that's on the western shore (another trip, I guess). I haven't found any gardens on the east coast, but perhaps I've missed them.
4. Are there any gardens or other experience that we might include between Trento and the Villafranca airport? We could overnight in Trento and then drive straight on the motorway towards the airport and stop off someplace else. Any ideas? I looked into Verona but it's size is seeming a bit overwhelming and I'm concerned that it will be crowded.
If I should have posted this on another forum, please let me know - I wasn't sure where to post these questions.
I'd appreciate any and all comments!