Bardolino

Bardolino what to see

Bardolino, one of the best-known tourist destinations on Lake Garda, is located in the Veneto region at the foot of the moraine hills and includes the hamlets of Cisano and Calmasino.

Its territory is rich in olive groves and vineyards from which Garda Extra Virgin Olive Oil and highly appreciated and well-known wines including Bardolino Classico and Bardolino Chiaretto are made.

Bardolino dedicates events and manifestations to these products, including the “Festa dell’Uva e del Vino” held in October and the “Palio del Chiaretto” held in spring, which attract numerous visitors every year.

Curiosity: in Bardolino is the small church of San Zeno, considered one of the most significant monuments dating from the Carolingian era in Italy.

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Bardolino in pills

THE UNMISSABLES

• Torre scaligera
• I tulipani del lungolago
• Ruota panoramica

top beaches

• Punta Cornicello
• Lido Mirabello
• Lido di Cisano 

weekly market

• Thursday morning

What to see in Bardolino

If you decide to spend a day in Bardolino, the first thing to do is undoubtedly to take a leisurely stroll through the historic center, among its streets lined with cafes, ice cream parlors and elegant stores.

For those who are on vacation in Bardolino or planning their vacations on Lake Garda, here is what to see in Bardolino:

The historic center

Bardolino, an ancient fishing village, is now a charming village with characteristic narrow streets, flower-filled balconies, ancient churches, and magnificent villas overlooking the Lake.

The town’s central square is Piazza Matteotti, where the imposing neoclassical church dedicated to Saints Nicholas and Severus dominates. On summer evenings, the square is also the site of outdoor concerts by the historic Bardolino Philharmonic.

Proceeding in the direction of the lake, one arrives at the harbor, with its colorful little boats and bougainvillea plants surrounding it. Here a tour around the Preonda, an ancient stone table once used by fishermen as a stall to sell their catch, is a must. It is said that those who take a tour around the Preonda will definitely return to Bardolino.

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Lakefront of Bardolino

Once you arrive at the port, you can proceed with a lakeside promenade, which runs from Punta Cornicello to Punta Mirabello, two strips of land that stretch into the waters of the lake. As you walk along it you can admire magnificent Venetian villas, as well as the Scaliger tower, with its characteristic slant. Every spring the flowerbeds along Bardolino’s lakefront are colored with thousands of brightly colored tulips from the Sigurtà Garden Park, which are a joy to behold.
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Church of San Severo

It is one of the oldest buildings in Bardolino, dating from the medieval period, and is characterized by a beautiful Romanesque facade. Inside you can admire the walls decorated with numerous frescoes of considerable artistic interest.

Inside the building there is also a crypt, which seems to be connected to an earlier structure dating from the 8th-9th centuries, possibly of Lombard origin.

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Carrara Bottagisio Park

Driving along Bardolino’s lakefront, one of the best places to stop and admire the lake is undoubtedly the park of Villa Carrara Bottagisio, an old 19th-century residence that now hosts numerous events and happenings.

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Things to do in Bardolino

Nature trails

For those who like to walk in the open air in the midst of nature, Bardolino is ideal because it is located at the foot of the Rocca di Garda, a small mountain relief full of paths, situated between the municipalities of Bardolino and Garda.

From here one can admire a breathtaking panorama that opens up to the Lake in all its beauty. Still standing on the Rocca is the Hermitage of San Giorgio, an ancient monastery inhabited by Camaldolese monks, surrounded by greenery and tranquility. Inside the Hermitage is a small store where you can buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Hermitage’s centuries-old olive trees and other products such as jams, honey and herbal teas.

Another option to stay in the green is to walk the Bardolino Trail, a series of paths immersed in the hills and vineyards and passing through villages, wineries and local farms.

Ferris wheel

A modern attraction in Bardolino, the Ferris wheel is strategically located on the lakefront near Villa Carrara-Bottagisio. From a height of 30 meters you can admire the lake at sunset or moonlight. There is no better time to enjoy this scenery; the choice is yours.

Pet friendly cabins are also available, if your four-legged friend is not too afraid of heights. As of today, the price is €5.00 (children up to age 3 are free).

If you are traveling with children, chances are you will also be asked to ride the little train, which will take you through the historic streets of Bardolino. The little train departs from Piazza Catullo, near the Preonda. Cost of one ride: 2.50 euros.

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Oil Museum

To start discovering local traditions, a great place to start is definitely the Oil Museum in Cisano di Bardolino. Here you can learn everything related to the ancient activity of producing this extraordinary product in terms of taste and health properties.

The museum was founded in the 1980s and is the first Italian museum dedicated entirely to olive oil. Admission for individuals and families is free and you will find video guides in numerous languages to discover the museum and its curiosities.
For groups and other info visit www.museum.it

Wine Museum

Exploring Bardolino, also means discovering the wine of the same name. That’s why we recommend a visit to the wine museum, where a display of ancient machinery and tools, once used for grape harvesting and wine production, awaits you.
Info: www.museodelvino.it

Sisàn Museum

An interesting activity during your visit to Bardolino might be a detour to the Cisano Museum dedicated to the area’s ornithological tradition.

The museum is divided into several sections that illustrate different aspects of a culture that with time has become less and less common.

Inside the museum there are numerous bird specimens displayed in the reconstruction of their habitat, and it is even possible to listen to their cries through the special monitors. Read more here: www.sisan.it

If after this virtual tour you are understandably curious about Bardolino and its natural, historical, and artistic beauty, you just have to come and experience it all in person.

Bardolino and surroundings

Are you wondering what to do around Bardolino?

Well, first of all, from this beautiful location it is easy to reach other towns on the Lake by ferry. For example, you could take a trip to Gardone Riviera and visit the incredible Vittoriale degli Italiani. Moving on foot or by bicycle, on the other hand, you can easily reach Lazise and Garda, two towns not to be missed.

By car, on the other hand, about 35km from Bardolino, you can get to Malcesine. Besides appreciating the charm of this town, characterized by its perched castle, from here you can take the cable car that will take you to Mount Baldo (info funiviedelbaldo.it ).

With the little ones, in San Zeno di Montagna (about 15km from Bardolino), Jungle Adventure Park awaits you with adventurous ropes courses and high-speed ziplines.

Finally, we suggest the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona, located in the municipality of Ferrara di Monte Baldo. The location of the shrine is truly striking: its construction almost seems to defy gravity, as it sits on steep rock and offers breathtaking views of the valley below.

Bardolino Lake Garda, Faq

– By car:
A4 highway, exit at Peschiera del Garda tollbooth, direction SS249 Peschiera, Bardolino, Garda and Malcesine.

Highway A22 (from the north) Del Brennero, exit at the Rovereto Sud tollbooth, take the SS249 in the direction of Mori and Torbole following the signs for Bardolino.

Highway A22 (from the south) , exit at the Affi tollbooth, direction Bardolino, Garda and Malcesine.

-By train:
The nearest train station to Bardolino is Peschiera station on the Milan-Venice line, then by bus to Bardolino (ATV Lines).

-By plane:
The nearest airports to Bardolino are Brescia’s Gabriele D’Annunzio Airport, Verona’s Valerio Catullo Airport, and Orio al Serio Airport (Bergamo). From your chosen airport, you can use public transportation services or rent a car to reach Bardolino.

-By ferry:
it is possible to reach Bardolino from other locations on the lake by ferry service. Check schedules and fares with the Lake Garda shipping company.

On-street parking in Bardolino is very difficult and there is a risk of accidentally entering the ZTL.

The largest parking lots, for a fee, are:

  • Piazzale Aldo Moro parking spaces 70
  • Prandini parking lot, 219 spaces. Access from Via Giacomo Leopardi.
  • Bardolino parking 160 spaces, access from Via Guglielmo Marconi 14.
  • Via Gardesana dell’Acqua, parking 380 spaces.

Definitely a visit to the three museums: of oil, wine, and the Sisan Museum we have mentioned on this page. A visit to the local wineries with wine tasting or some shopping at the nearby Grand’Affi Shopping Center to stay indoors.

In addition to beach life, you can take a walk or bike ride with children on the undemanding, scenic lakefront promenade, where children can admire swans and ducklings swimming in the lake, followed by a stop at one of the many ice cream parlors.

Also worth trying is the Ferris wheel and the little train that will take you through the streets of downtown. Also interesting are the ornithological and fishing museum and the oil museum, both in Cisano, a hamlet of Bardolino.

Bardolino’s beaches consist mainly of gravel with small smooth pebbles or grassy meadows. Along the “Rivalunga” promenade between Bardolino and Garda, there are free-access natural beaches with large green spaces. There are also private lidos such as Lido Mirabello and Lido Cornicello.

Following the bike/pedestrian path toward Lazise, there are then small pebble beaches and, in Cisano, there is Lido Cisano, a public beach with large grassy areas.

Bardolino is famous mainly for the wine of the same name that is produced here, its lakefront, the Scaligera tower, and the Bardolino Grape and Wine Festival.

Bardolino is located in the Veneto region of Italy, in the province of Verona, and the nearest towns overlooking the lake are Lazise and Garda, both of which can be reached on foot via a beautiful lakeside walk.

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