Now bare east around the Bay of Garda before reaching the town of the same name, Baldo is behind you giving way to the Caprino plains. Head away from the lake and again you can explore a landscape that reveals some spectacular natural treasures such as the amphitheatre at Rivoli Veronese, or equally spectacular man made ones like the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona. Heading south on the Gardesana form Garda you will come next to Bardolino, probably the most know of Lake Garda’s towns thanks to the wine of the same name. Then driving further south you will arrive at Lazise, last but not least, yet another Scaglier castle, another pretty port, this one dating back to the 10th century.
The remaining 10km stretch back to the starting point at Peschiera is probably the only unremarkable stretch of road on the entire trip. Access and even sight of the lake is denied due to it being the location of the famous theme parks, Gardaland and Caneva world, still I think you will have seen enough.
Don’t forget that the A4 runs just south of the lake and having a car on your holiday gives you the possibility of driving to many historic towns such as Milan, Bergamo, Mantova, Verona, Padova and of course Venice.
I wouldn’t recommend circumnavigating the lake during the high season, not in one hit at least. And avoid the Gardesana if you can, at weekends during the mid season. But there’s no reason why you shouldn’t explore the terrain away from the lake at any time of the year. Even if the roads are clear, I wouldn’t advise driving like James Bond. It would be nice to do the trip in a Maserati, but unless you are lucky enough to have your own, I doubt if you’d get one through a hire company.
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Check out our Places To Visit In Lake Garda page for more places to stop off at on your way round.