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Lake Garda in Italy makes a refreshing change of holiday destination if you fancy straying from your usual beach break. As the largest of the Italian lakes, Lake Garda is surrounded by a variety of different resorts, so you can choose your perfect spot from which to enjoy this stunning position.
Nestled between the dramatic Dolomites mountain range, with its rolling hills blanketed in green and its craggy snow-capped peaks, you couldn't get a more picturesque setting for a holiday. Whether you want to get active on the water and in the hills, or simply relax and drink in your stunning surroundings, Lake Garda holidays are sure to deliver.
Limone is one of the most beautiful Lake Garda resorts, and is a great all-rounder for those unsure of where to base themselves. This postcard-perfect town is named after the fruit groves that it nestles between, and mixes culture, shopping and ways to get active in nature. The church is something of a Lake Garda icon, so be sure to get a snap for the holiday album.
For a complete change of pace, Lake Garda's close proximity to Milan means you can head into the city for a day or two. This vibrant Italian hub is teaming with amazing shopping opportunities, as one of Europe's fashion capitals, as well as amazing landmarks, great museums and a fabulously cosmopolitan nightlife.
Venice is another revered Italian city that is an easy excursion from Lake Garda, so if you've always wanted to the see this atmospheric city on the water then now's your chance! Don't miss Saint Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge.
Climb the Dolomites
The towering Dolomites are a big attraction for active types on holidays in Lake Garda. Head off on a walking trail in the foothills, join a hiking tour or hire a mountain bike to really explore the stunning peaks and valleys that surround the lake.
Learn to Sail or Surf
Of course, watersports are available in abundance on Lake Garda holidays, with facilities to suit all levels of experience. Whether you want to learn to windsurf, or fancy chartering a sail boat for the day, you'll get the opportunity on package holidays to Lake Garda.
Ride the Cable Car
For an unforgettable experience, head to Malcesine to ride the cable car to the top of Monte Baldo. The views from the summit are simply breathtaking, and you can even take a bite in one of the mountaintop restaurants!
For active types, or those that simply want to drink in the best of Italy's natural landscape, holidays to Lake Garda can't be beaten. Choose any of the charming resorts on the shores of the lake and you'll enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful position where watersports, mountain hikes and gentle sightseeing are the order of the holiday.
If you're looking for a coastal holiday in Italy, the Neapolitan Riviera would make a fantastic choice. Head to picturesque Bay of Naples and try a margherita pizza at its birthplace - or shop until you drop in chic Sorrento. While you won't find many beaches here, there are sunbathing platforms with access to the twinkling Mediterranean, and the dramatic cliff faces of the coastline make up for the lack of sand.
Right on the toe of Italy you have Calabria, where you'll find some of the country's most beautiful beaches ' Capo Vaticano in Vibo Valentia is one of the best. Head inland and the National Parks await. A hiking or cycling trip into the National Park of Sila is a must for nature lovers.
This stunning Italian island is the place to go for 'get away from it all holidays'. It's a mixed bag of cultural influences, which make it such an interesting place to stay, and dramatic coastlines, sleepy fishing village resorts and beautiful historic towns await you. Giardini Naxos is one of the most peaceful spots, whereas Taormina is a must see for history buffs.
Another Italian isle, Sardinia makes a fantastic escape for those who love their beaches. The sands here are so white you could almost be in the Caribbean, and hillside towns, pretty harbours and dense forest add to the island's charm. Try the medieval town of Alghero for a stay that mixes the best of both beaches and culture.
Direct Holidays has amazing deals available on Lake Garda package holidays. Or, if you fancy another Italian resort, take a look at what else is on offer for your slice of La Dolce Vita.