GardaTrentino extends into the territory of Trentino and besides looking over the northern part of the lake, comprises Valle di Ledro and Valle dei Laghi, with numerous basins, the most important of which are Toblino, Cavedine and SantaMassenza.
Within this broad area flows the meandering Sarca River, passing through a splendid valley surrounded by thick vegetation, the landscape thronged with palms, olive trees, vineyards and oleanders.
This area conceals excellent wines such as the Vino Santo Doc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.
Alto Garda presents visitors with sublime sights, both natural and architectural, one needs to think only of the Marocche di Dro and the Marmitte dei Giganti, remnants of phenomenal glaciers, and the castles of Arco, Drena or Tenno, without forgetting the Fortress of Riva del Garda and Toblino Castle, original examples of lake fortification. In the north eastern part of Lake Garda there is an archaeological area, with the astonishing remains of a bronze age palafitte.
The Alto Garda Region is a peculiar place to be visited, with lakes disclosed among glacial valleys, along the edges of which can be seen the remnants of ancient settlements, above all those of the Romans, and little villages of ancient maritime and agricultural civilizations, whose wonders have stirred many painters and poets over the years, inspiring them in the creation of unique works.
This is the land of nature and history, perfect for relaxation and a peaceful holiday, but also a spectacular stage where every year there are important sporting displays, above all aquatic activities such as windsurfing and sailing. In spite of its location in the north of the peninsula near the border with Veneto, Trentino and Lombardy, Lake Garda is characterized by a legendary climate, which can hardly be called Mediterranean. This is due, above all, to the mitigating influence of the water which assures the territory a temperate climate, free of both torrid summers and severe winters, while autumn is a season of abundant rains; the presence of fog or snow is rare.
The mildness of the climate is above all based on its luxurious vegetation which can be admired around Lake Garda, featuring oleanders, palms, cypresses, olives and vineyards; most important of all, the olives and vineyards of the eastern part of the lake are used to make high quality oil and wine: among the wines the Marzemino, Merlot, Cabernet, Bardolino, and Bianco di Custoza stand out.
A favourable climate to accompany and satisfy the beauty of the landscape, where one can breathe in the intense fragrance emitted by the trees and admire the forms and colours of the picturesque villages, hamlets, churches and splendid villas from other times, and imposing fortresses which encounter the waters of the lake as if they were fjords of long away places; this scenery has inspired many artists who stayed here and who were captivated by its spell.
The northern part of Lake Garda is the windiest in various parts of the year. The winds are steady and make this area of the lake particularly suitable for sailing sports, as demonstrated by places like Campione, an excellent location for windsurfing lovers, and Torbole, renowned for its sailing competitions.