Lake Garda

  • Surface area         369,98 sq km
  • surface elevation    65 m
  • length                     51.9 km
  • max. width             16.7 km
  • average depth     136 m
  • max. depth           346 m
  • coastline               165 km

Lake Garda is the largest Italian lake. The landscape is varied and fascinating.

 The northern part is narrow, framed by the  steep mountain slopes of the Gruppo del Baldo  (2079 m). Towards the south, the mountains become lower and lower, and the waters widen into a great inland sea enclosed by  moraine hills.

The crystal clear waters,  amongst the cleanest in Europe, are deep blue coloured and their average temperature in September is 21 °.

The lake has a mild climate as it is sheltered by the mountains. The sun shines almost all year round and the large water volume is responsible for warm winters and fresh summers. The average winter temperature is between 13° and 15°.

This unique micro-climate is characterized by mild temperatures which cannot  normally be found  at this latitude. Gardone Riviera boasts a record: it is the warmest place in Northern Italy.

The local vegetation is Mediterranean: evergreen home oaks, querous ilex, olive trees, laurels, cypresses but also exotic species, such as palms, magnolias, camphor trees and bougainvillea all seem to thrive here!

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