At a glance
Tour a vineyard and take home a bottle
Meander the busy lakeside boulevard
Gape at Scaligero Castle's cannon wound
Destinations in Lazise
Top things to See and Do in Lazise
Lazise's best beach
Lazise is known for its quaint harbour and lakefront promenade. Built right to the water, there’s no central beach, but it’s a short walk to the pebble beaches either side of town. The best beach is just in front of the Spiaggia d’oro camping site, south of the town centre. It’s a mixture of pebbles and sand, and while there are no facilities on the beach, visitors often head to the campsite café for food and refreshments.
A beach for everyone
Head along the promenade towards Bardolino and you’ll find many pebble beaches, jetties and places to rent sun loungers for the day. In the hamlet of Cisano, the Palafitte Lounge Bar has a man-made sandy beach area with sun loungers to rent, and a large grass area for bathing. There’s a small children’s play area here, too, with some swings and climbing frames to keep the little ones busy.
Going for a swim?
The sandy beaches here are all man-made, so it can be pebbly underfoot once you're in the water. Take some lake shoes to protect your feet as you wade in - or just find an area with a jetty and jump straight into the deep.
Every Wednesday morning, the market takes place in Lazise town centre. Confined within the castle walls, there's a great atmosphere as you stroll around the array of stalls and pick up a few bargains. While the market does not necessarily offer rock bottom prices, you’re often able to haggle a little, and the products are usually high quality. If you miss the market on Wednesday, head down to Bardolino on Thursday morning to nab a deal.
The promenade of Lazise is full of cafés and restaurants making the most of their lakefront locations, and the back streets are filled with smaller shops and boutiques offering a great variety of products. Pick up some Italian leather, clothes, pottery and gifts at a reasonable price.
If you’re looking to really treat yourself, Verona is surely the place to visit. With brands such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada lining the marble walkway of Via Mazzini – the most popular shopping street in the city – you’re sure to find just what you’re after. Getting to Verona is relatively easy and cheap by public bus.
The surrounding castle walls lend a great atmosphere to the evenings in Lazise. The town is filled with people enjoying an ice cream or spritz, or simply gazing out over the twinkling lake. Take a stroll around the shops, which generally stay open quite late, or head along the promenade, the longest on Lake Garda.
Lazise is often buzzing with activity and a great social atmosphere. If you’re after a lively bar, then Cortes mojito bar is the one to find. Located in the back streets, it has an outdoor courtyard and claims to make the best mojitos on Lake Garda. For something a little livelier, head to the nearby towns of Bardolino or Garda for live music, philharmonic orchestra concerts and the annual summer wine festivals.
Lazise has plenty of bars and quaint little restaurants ideally situated around the port and along the waterfront, which include a plethora of fish and seafood restaurants. If you venture down the little side streets, you're also bound to find lots of hidden gems.
Every flavour at La Cremeria di Lazise
Alongside the old harbour is La Cremeria di Lazise, an extremely popular hole-in-the-wall gelateria with a wide variety of flavours - including fig, nutella, Baileys and banana. Each ice cream is presented in huge, appetising peaks and the service is always fantastic, even with the constant queues.
Spectacular seafood at Alla Grotta
Just next door is Alla Grotta, a charming seafood restaurant overlooking the harbour. Open since 1951, this modern and elegant eatery enjoys the bustling atmosphere of the port and nearby customs house. Make sure you reserve a table though as it's pretty well-renowned.
A meal to remember at La Boheme
A little way out of the town walls, but totally worth the trip is La Boheme. An authentic Italian restaurant in a magical poolside setting, with gazebos and vines. Their range of Italian dishes is divine, and everything is both delicious and well-priced.