Lake Garda, the most Mediterranean of the Alpine Italian lakes, shows itself in its wonderful surrounding of natural luminosity and colours: a unique holiday spot in all seasons. Its shores, dotted with villages and small towns, add to the charming landscape and the beauty of its rich natural environment, remains of ancient Roman settlements, medieval fortresses, imposing buildings and noble villas.
With its Romanesque parish churches, its Baroque-style churches and its sanctuaries, with its monasteries and hermitages, Lake Garda shows all the different aspects of its personality, even as an incomparable spiritual place.
The luminous environment, temperate climate, and flourishing vegetation - mainly olive and lemon groves, palms, cypresses, oleanders and orange trees - along with the majestic landscapes are the background to the remarkable historical and cultural remains spread all around and make this lake the most charming in Italy.
Given the intense colour of its water with a marked shade of blue and matchless transparency, Lake Garda is a unique spot where visitors and guests can enjoy a holiday full of relaxation, sports, fun and the thrill of discovering new places.
Founded in 1989, the Park occupies a surface area of approx. 38.000 hectares including the local council areas of Salò, Gardone Riviera, Toscolano Maderno, Valvestino, Magasa, Gargnano, Limone sul Garda, Tignale and Tremosine. In contrast with other parks in the area, which are basically homogenous and of predominantly naturalistic interest, the Gardesan Park is distinguished by its sharp scenic contrasts, range of altitudes (from 65 m at the lake level to almost 2000 m at the highest mountain level), climatic features, vegetation (from Mediterranean scrubland to local subalpine lichen).
History has made these differences far more evident due to the different development of individual areas such as the hinterland, still bound to a mountain economy even today as opposed to the lake shore area, historically influenced by early varying productive activities far wider in range: the time – old production and cultivation of oil and citrus fruits the flourishing trade sector, both protoindustrial and industrial; and the most recent but still with its roots in the past, the tourist trade. This is the real novelty of the Gardesan Park; the interesting environment features complement the vast historical and cultural heritage.