At a glance
Tour the local wine museum
Take a boat trip across the lake for a picnic
Get lost in an ancient castle
Destinations in Bardolino
Top things to See and Do in Bardolino
Bardolino's pebble beaches
Bardolino is a great spot for lake bathing. There are no sandy beaches here, but there is a mix of pebble and grass areas, often with showers too, located towards Lazise or Garda. Most beaches are free to visit, and a few have sun loungers to rent. From Bardolino, the sun sets on the opposite side of the lake, so you can enjoy the sunshine well into the evening, and stay to watch an incredible sunset.
For extra comfort, the Lido Mirabello is a great option. You can rent sun loungers and parasols for the day on the well-kept grass lido. Relax under the palm trees, take a refreshing dip or jump in from the jetty. Located just 2 minutes’ walk from the harbour, the lido also has a bar and restaurant – perfect for drinks, food and ice creams throughout the day.
One of the best sandy beaches around Lake Garda is just outside Lazise centre, a short taxi ride or bike ride from Bardolino. The beach was man-made by the local commune, with plenty of soft sand. Sun loungers are available for extra comfort, and the nearby campsite has a bar where you can get drinks and food during the day.
Every Thursday morning, the promenade is transformed into the weekly market – the second largest on Lake Garda. It’s a great place to get souvenirs and typical Italian products to take home. Prices are not as low as you may expect, but the quality of the goods is very high. We recommend grabbing an ice cream from Cristallos on the way through, too.
Bardolino town has many shops and boutiques towards the centre of town, away from the lakefront. El Bothegernoo is a great place to pick up local chutneys and preserves, plus they offer over 200 types of wine that can be shipped back to the UK. Clothing and leather goods stores are common in Bardolino, too.
For your designer buys, Verona is the place to visit. It’s just 40 minutes from Bardolino, and it's known for its excellent shopping. Via Mazzini’s marbled walkway is lined on both sides with designers and brands that feature among the most well-known in the world. Feel like a star as you browse Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.
Bardolino's shops, cafés and ice cream parlours often stay open as night falls, so the town centre is ideal for a gentle evening stroll. Sip a spritz at one of the lakefront cafés, or wander along the promenade with an ice cream from the famous Cristallos. The palace courtyard, set back from the lake, is perfect for a relaxed drink under the stars.
Bardolino’s streets are often buzzing with activity throughout the summer months, but it's certainly at its liveliest during the annual wine festivals. The Palio del Chiaretto in early June is dedicated to rosé wine, and Festa dell’Uva e del Vino in late September is for all Italian wines. Cantinas from across the country come to proudly show off their produce, and you can marvel at stage performances, fireworks and shows as you sip the best wines Italy has to offer.
Bardolino's promenade is full of cafés, gelaterias and restaurants, and if you head up its little cobbled side streets, you’ll find more cosy little eateries here too. Local produce is used in a lot of cooking in Bardolino, so you’ll get to experience the best ice creams, meats and wines the region has to offer.
Traditionally tasty at Biri
The charming, family-run Biri is great for authentic Italian dishes, and the fillet steak with peppercorn sauce comes highly recommended. It’s just off the main street in Bardolino and the food is tasty and reasonably priced. You can even sit in the courtyard and enjoy a spot of people watching.
Authentic extras at Caprice Pizzeria
The oldest pizzeria in Bardolino, Caprice Pizzeria, is located in the heart of the old town. It's a proper Italian, serving amazing fish dishes, pizza and pasta. They also make their own olive oil and balsamic vinegar for an even more authentic taste. What's more, you'll receive a complimentary drink when you arrive.
Spaghetti ice cream at Gelateria Cristallo
On the lakefront, in the harbour, is the famous Gelateria Cristallo. They whip up a whole variety of homemade ice creams in different flavours and styles. The spaghetti ice is a favourite – vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream, strawberry sauce and shavings of white chocolate.