Lake Garda is one of Italyâ€™s true gems and a destination suitable for any traveller. This lakeside area is surrounded by quaint towns and villages, and there are numerous Italian hotels that have prime lakeside spots. This area comes alive in the summer, with some great festivals taking place.
The Bisse Races
There is no better way to get a taste of the local culture than by going to see the Bisse races that take place in July. Bisse are long narrow boats that in the past were used by the fisherman local to Lake Garda. While these boats are no longer used for fishing, they are now used for racing during the Bandiera del Lago races, which take place every year. The aim is to win the Bandiera del Lago (the flag of the lake), and many towns put forward their own four man rowing team to take part.
The Medieval Festival
Every year, the town of Malcesine steps back in time, and hosts The Medieval Festival, an event that cannot be missed if you are in the area. Hosted in and around the castle, there are sights and activities for everyone. You can take a stroll around the medieval style market or learn more about the history of the castle through a tour. There is also an array of entertainment, from falconry to fire eating, and the event ends with an amazing firework display. This year The Medieval Festival is taking place from the 25th to the 26th of July.
SalÃ²â€™s Summer Music Festival
SalÃ² is a picturesque town and a great destination for your summer holiday. Not only is it beautiful, but the Vittoriale Theatre also holds a yearly summer music festival that is great for anyone wanting to experience more of the local culture. Every August performances are held here by globally acclaimed artists, with some past names including Lou Reed and the Vienna Opera. As you can imagine, this marvellous event sells out fast, so we recommend booking your tickets in advance.
If these summer festivals are enough to entice you to visit Lake Garda, then Hotel Flaminia is the perfect accommodation for you. Located in the town of Sirmione, this charming hotel offers rooms with a view of the lake from a French balcony that will give you a ringside seat for the sunset. If youâ€™re feeling adventurous, this lovely Italian hotel is a great base for explorers who want to get to know the area.
If you are looking for an Italian hotel that offers an intimate setting with high quality service, the beautiful Hotel Bellerive is perfect for you. The hotel is beautifully furnished and most rooms have a balcony, offering the perfect resting spot after a long day of sightseeing. There is a freshwater swimming pool as well as numerous cosy lounge areas. The hotel is situated right by the lakeside promenade, which runs all along the town of SalÃ², making this beautiful spot great for those looking to take some lakeside walks.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing luxury holidays all over the Mediterranean, as well as holidays in Bermuda, Croatia and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and as a result is an expert on topics such as Italian hotel, culture and gastronomic suggestions. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts and history.
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