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A weekend in Bardolino: the perfect 3 day itinerary

Are you looking for tips regarding your stay at Hotel Caesius Thermae & SPA Resort in Bardolino?
Look no further, you've come to the right place! Read here how to make the most of your Lake Garda holiday!

But first, a few words about Bardolino:
Bardolino is a small town 30 kilometres west of Verona. It is located between Lazise and Garda, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. Every year it attracts numerous tourists from all over the world, especially in summer. It is famous for its mild climate, the privileged waterfront location and the red wine of the same name.

Here are the sights you should not miss when staying for a weekend in Bardolino.

Day One – Historic centre and lakeside promenade

A must-see for all Bardolino visitors is the old town. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the centre and admire the big parish church in the long, narrow Piazza Matteotti, which leads down to the lakefront. On the right side of this promenade, you can find a crenelated tower that is part of the ruins of an ancient Scaliger castle.
We recommend a stroll through the alleys to discover the historic centre of Bardolino, which even recalls some characteristic corners of Venice due to the fishing tradition they have in common.
The picturesque streets are lined with pavement cafés, ice cream parlours and restaurants. Here you can always find a nice seat to soak up the atmosphere and watch the world go by.
Having explored the old town, comes the next sight of Bardolino: the recently restyled lakeside promenade is certainly one of the things to see in Bardolino!
You can stroll southwards to Lazise, or in the other direction towards Garda and Punta San Vigilio. From Bardolino to Garda, it is about 4 km, which can easily be done in half a day. When? The best time is in the late afternoon or evening to enjoy the view of the sunset.
Another good location to take sunset pictures is the large wine barrel with the heart-shaped opening nearby the “fontana dei marinai” (sailor's fountain). The harbour with its colourful boats and the ancient Preonda stone, the symbol of Bardolino, is also a beautiful backdrop. Not to mention the big wheel, which is particularly beautiful in the evening when it lights up with various colours.

Day Two – Museums and tastings 

If you want to find out more about local specialities, we recommend a visit to the Turri Oil Mill with the Olive Oil Museum in Cavaion Veronese. Here you can join a guided tour to learn more about the history of the family and the entire production process from the plant to the oil. You can also see former agricultural tools used for the oil production. You can enjoy an oil tasting with accompanying specialities and buy home-made products, such as the extra virgin olive oil, the perfect souvenir or gift from Like Garda.
There is also a wine museum, inside the Zeni winery in Costabella di Bardolino. The museum is divided into different sections, each showing another aspect of the production process, starting with the cultivation and ending with the bottling of the wine. It is possible to visit the facility with customised solutions, which include sensory wine tastings (upon reservation) of local classics such as Lugana, Bardolino, Chiaretto and Amarone.
Museums and tastings are not for you? No problem, Lake Garda offers many possibilities for leisure activities. You can find fun and thrills at a theme park, for example at Gardaland, the most important theme park in Italy, or at Movieland, where everything is about Hollywood movies. If you prefer water slides to roller coasters, then Canevaworld with the Caneva Aquapark is the right place for you.


Day Three – Excursions and relaxation

To end your Lake Garda holiday on a high note, we recommend some outdoor experiences to enjoy the beautiful nature of the region.
At the harbour of Bardolino, you can hop on a public ferry provided by Navigarda. With a half or full day excursion you can reach various resorts, including the beautiful Sirmione peninsula, which offers a unique panorama.
Private boat trips are also available, for example with the beautiful San Nicolò sailing boat, which takes you on scenic tours showing you the lake from the best perspective ever, namely from the water itself. For those who want to take a hike, not too far from Bardolino you can find the Rocca di Garda.
The trail starts at the San Pietro church and leads up to the top, which offers breathtaking views of Lake Garda and Bardolino. This excursion takes about half a day.

And what could be better after a long day exploring the surroundings than a relaxing time in our Caesius spa?
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