Besides being a great base for touring the lakes, holidays to Peschiera serve up scenic canals and ancient sights.

All roads lead to Rome

The old town of Peschiera sits within the walls of an imposing island fortress, which are Venetian defensive systems from the 16th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was once a town named Roman Ardelica back in the days of the Roman Republic – the ruins of which you can still see today – so you really do have millennia of history to discover. Go meandering over arched cobble-stoned bridges, before gazing up at the decorative cast-iron balconies of the many colourful buildings. When sunset domes around, make sure to grab a gelato and stroll along the canalsides that border the town – the pinks, purples and oranges reflecting on the water are a sight to behold.

From beaches to barracks

There are lots of points of interest in this vibrant resort. If some lakeside bathing is in order – and you happen to love dogs – don’t miss spending a day over at Braccobaldo Beach. It happens to be Italy’s first ever pup-friendly beach, and Rovers are even treated to their own sunbeds here. Then if you fancy switching leisure for culture, there're museums-a-plenty. History buffs will be drawn-in by the Palazzina Storica building, which played a key role in the First World War. And you can learn more about the area’s interesting military history at the Artillery Barracks of Porta Verona, a spot which also shows live music, theatre and exhibitions.

Explore further

Peschiera’s a fantastic base for getting out and about. One of just two Lake Garda resorts with its own train station, you can easily travel to the cities of Milan, Venice and Verona from here. Some of Italy's top theme parks are just down the road too, and there's even a free shuttle from town that'll take you there. Or if flowers are more your thing, how about an outing to the Sigurtà botanical gardens?

Out and about

Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in Peschiera:

• Lakeside path
• Lake bathing
• Fishing museum
• Theme parks
• Markets

At a Glance

  • Make a splash at the lake’s warmest swim spots
  • Ride the rollercoasters at Italy’s top theme parks
  • Soak up some history inside the UNESCO fortress