The most beautiful sights and events
Are you longing for fulfilling experiences, activities that will enrich you and become precious memories? Here, we reveal the most beautiful sights around our 5-star hotel in Lazise.
Did you know that Lazise is one of the oldest municipalities in Italy? It was granted the right to fortify itself as early as 983. The town wall, which once protected the town from invaders, is still preserved today and bestows a medieval appearance. Stroll along the enchanting alleys to the main square. Take a seat in a bar on the promenade and marvel at the colourful sunset. Whenever you want to go to Lazise, our free shuttle from the Quellenhof Lazise will take you to the centre.
Gardaland is Italy’s number one amusement park: experience adrenalin-packed rides on the Oblivion, Raptor, and Blue Tornado rollercoasters, or try the more tranquil Volaplano plane or Doremifarm tractor, take a water ride on a boat in search of Atlantis or through jungle rapids, and enjoy many other highlights for adults and children alike. In the 4D cinema, you will feel like a true film hero.
The village that neighbours Lazise is primarily known for its wines. Wide alleys and a long lakeside promenade run through the lively village. The numerous shops with long opening hours invite you to shop. The nightlife is lively and exciting, with many revellers appreciating the bars and discos. On one side of the village, you have a fantastic lake view; on the other side, you look out on picturesque vineyards, olive groves, and oil mills – there’s a good reason Bardolino is also called the “town on the olive riviera”.
Parco Natura Viva Zoo
Parco Natura Viva is a large, modern zoo dedicated to the protection of endangered species. More than 1,000 animals have found a home here. Part of the zoo is a safari park and can only be explored by car; the other part is larger and can be enjoyed on a leisurely walk. The zoo is divided into five continents. Wander from Europe to Asia, on to Africa, Australia, and America, and view the animal species native to each. Tiger cubs and elephants, orangutans and hippos, flamingos and red pandas... you won’t stop marvelling. You can fortify yourself at the various snack stands and picnic areas.
Sirmione, a truly unique destination, is located on a four-kilometre-long peninsula on the southern edge of Lake Garda. A wide moat separates the traffic-calmed old town from the mainland. An impressive, moated castle sits enthroned behind the town’s only bridge. Colourful houses and winding alleys characterise the townscape. On the green tip of the island, the view expands across the lake, stretching seemingly into infinity. Here you will also find the ruins of a large second-century Roman country house, the “Grotte di Catullo”, with its impressive frescoes and mosaics. Sirmione is above all known for the sulphurous Boiola healing springs that bubble up from the lake next to the peninsula.
Follow in the footsteps of Romeo and Juliet and explore the most romantic city in Italy: Verona. Stroll through the picturesque old town with its world-famous arena, winding alleys, magnificent shopping streets, and stately fountains and statues, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Open-air concerts and opera performances are regularly held in the arena in summer. The Ponte Scaligero bridge with its medieval battlements, which leads across the Adige/Etsch river to the Castelvecchio fortress, is a beautiful location to take some photos. Other highlights include the 13-metre-high Arco dei Gavi triumphal arch from the first century, the church of San Lorenzo, and the large Piazza delle Erbe square with the Torre dei Lamberti and the fountain of the Madonna Verona – and, of course, the balcony of the Casa di Giulietta, which (according to local lore) inspired Shakespeare to write his world-famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
Rocca di Manerba
The Rocca di Manerba is the most prominent rock on southwestern Lake Garda. This historical site once housed a grand Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva, which lent its name to the rock. Later, the Venetians built a castle on the site. A museum exhibiting archaeological finds from the temple and the castle is open to the public free of charge from Friday to Sunday. All around is a lush park offering viewpoints of the islands of San Biagio and Isola del Garda.
Lake Iseo is picturesquely embedded in a dense mountain landscape and lined with colourful villages. It borders on the famous wine-growing region of Franciacorta and is breathtakingly beautiful. The undisputed highlight is the nine-square-kilometre island of Monte Isola, which is completely car-free. Buses take you from place to place, and agile Vespas and motorcycles zip through the narrow streets. In addition to Monte Isola, the two other islands of Loreto and San Paolo invite exploration and can be accessed by boat.
Italy’s fashion capital welcomes you with countless boutiques, impressive works of art by world-famous artists, and the Milan Cathedral, the city’s landmark. With its length of 157 metres, it is one of the largest churches in the world and, after St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, is the largest church in Italy. The many pointed turrets and the statue of the Madonna on the spire are particularly impressive. Other prominent sights are the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Palace (where Napoleon once lived), and the Dominican Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Incidentally, right next to this church, you will find the monastery where Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous painting “The Last Supper” is exhibited.
Events around the Quellenhof Lazise
There is always something happening at Lake Garda, whether in summer or winter. Stroll through markets and fairs, mingle with the locals at festivals, and take part in unique sporting events.
Here we have listed the most important events for you:
- Bike Festival Garda Trentino in Riva with over 45,000 visitors
- MotoBardolino Biker Festival
- Carnevale di Bacco e Arianna
- Festa dell’Ospite: hospitality festival in Lazise with food, music, market stalls, and fireworks
- Honey days in Lazise: end of September/beginning of October
- International Lake Garda Marathon in Torbole in October
- Italia Classic Parade in Bardolino: Car Show in April
- Medieval Festival in Lazise: first weekend in May
- Opera Festival in the Verona Arena
- Rowing regatta in Garda (mid-August): Palio delle Contrade
- Sailing regattas on Lake Garda (October/November): Fraglia Cup, Torboli Trophy, 29er Eurocup, Halloween Cup
- Triathlon La 10 de Bardolino in October
- Grape and Wine Festival in Bardolino
- Vinitaly in Verona in April
- Vinitaly and the City in Bardolino
- Popular festival of the Madonna della Neve: several days in early August in Colà di Lazise
- Weekly markets in Peschiera del Garda (Mondays), Limone (Tuesdays), Lazise (Wednesdays), Bardolino (Thursdays), and Pacengo (Fridays) and farmers’ markets in Riva (Fridays), Verona, and Pacengo (Saturdays)
Christmas at Lake Garda?
Anyone who thinks Lake Garda is only a popular, beautiful destination in summer has never experienced its magical atmosphere in winter. Colourful, decorated Christmas market stalls line the narrow streets, fairy lights decorate houses and squares, and the smell of hot mulled wine fills the cold winter air. In Lazise, Bardolino, Peschiera, and Verona, atmospheric Christmas markets take place in the Christmas period, continuing through to early January.