Bardolino is a charismatic lakeside town surrounded by rolling vineyards and olive groves. Set on the banks of Lake Garda, it’s brimming with Italian charm. Relax on sun-drenched beaches, stroll around the historic town centre and sip your way through some of Italy’s best boutique wineries.
Things to do in Bardolino
The beaches in Bardolino are small but picturesque, with most featuring pebble sand or grassy foreshores. Spend the day basking in the sunshine and swimming in the crystalline water of Lake Garda. Lined with olive trees, Beach Punta Cornicello is a short stroll from the town centre and is popular with families. Rowboat and pedalo rentals are a fun way to enjoy a sunny afternoon on the lake.
The Passeggiata Rivalunga promenade stretches along the riverbank and connects Bardolino with the nearby town of Garda. It’s a beautiful walk, especially at sunset when Lake Garda takes on a golden glow. In Garda, you’ll be enchanted by the cobbled streets, pastel-coloured townhouses and pretty harbour.
Strada del Vino Bardolino winds through the hinterland and takes you past postcard-perfect vineyards. Most specialise in Bardolino, a local varietal that will tantalise your palate with its fruity and spicy notes. Explore the famous wine route by car, bicycle or on foot. The excellent Museo del Vino at Zeni Winery charts the fascinating history of winemaking in Bardolino.
Bardolino has a flourishing food scene and many restaurants champion fresh, locally sourced produce. Enjoy dishes like baked truffles, sardines marinated in white wine vinegar and gelato made with local citrus fruits. Pair your meal with a glass of DOC certified Bardolino wine.
Getting around Bardolino
Bardolino is compact and easy to get around on foot. Walking from Bardolino to Garda along the Passeggiata Rivalunga promenade takes around 1.5 hours or 30 minutes by bicycle. Bardolino is a 1.5-hour drive from Venice and two hours from Milan.