Do you prefer lakes, mountains and charming castles over sandy beaches? Lake Garda is the perfect destination if so. The blue, crystalline waters of this lake are surrounded by lush greenery and the mighty slopes of the Alpine Dolomite mountains. It's located in Northern Italy, nestled between Milan and Venice. Keep your eyes peeled for A-listers such as George Clooney, who owns a summer home in this region.
If you're looking for a sophisticated and glamorous getaway, Lake Garda has it in spades. There are 15 postcard-perfect towns to explore each with their own unique feel. The region also has many spectacular castles to explore. Castello Scaligero dates to the 14th century. It looks like it was plucked straight out of a fairy-tale and offers stunning views of Lake Garda. Castello di Desenzano can be reached by strolling through the historic old town (there are plenty of cafes you can refuel at along the way). The castle has a viewing tower which provides picturesque views of Lake Garda. History buffs will appreciate an excursion to the Roman Villa and Antiquarium, a complex of Roman villas dating back to 300 BC. For something more relaxing, Golden Beach is one of the best beaches in the region. It attracts a young, stylish crowd and is a popular place to socialise both day and night. When the sun sets down, be sure to treat yourself to the local cuisine. Try an Aperol spritz a refreshing, local cocktail and dine in one of the area's many fine restaurants.