Even the particular geographic characteristics and solar exposure contribute in fact to a remarkable differentiation of the contexts. So, for example, the Verona side of Lake Garda is a different situation compared to that of Brescia and the same can be said of the north and south side of the Como branch, which in turn has morphological characteristics different from the Lecco branch…
Val Tenesi and Garda Lake (Brescia side)
Located along the south western coast, it includes both coastal towns and hill towns. Rich in archaeological finds and strongholds that can be visited, the valley stands out both for the production of DOC wine (Groppello) and olive oil and for the nightlife movement animated by the numerous clubs and restaurants that have nothing to envy to nearby Desenzano. It is one of the most easily accessible areas of Garda, being well connected to both the railway and the A4 motorway and the Brescia ring road system.
The eastern or Brescia side of Lake Iseo is very varied both for its vegetation, which alternates forests and mountains with orchards and olive trees, and for the numerous tourist attractions such as Monte Isola, Iseo and traditional fishing villages.
The hilly area south of the lake is called Franciacorta and is internationally known for the DOCG production of the homonymous sparkling wines with the classic method.
Vineyards and woods surround splendid monasteries, abbeys, villas and castles of the Middle Ages and extend up to the borders of nearby Brescia.
Como lakes and
Not only Como: the area south of the lake, known by the name of ‘Triangolo Lariano’, between Como, Bellagio and Lecco, is dotted with small foothill lakes such as Lake Montorfano, Lake Alserio, Lake Pusiano and Annone.
The hilly hinterland that surrounds them is of rare beauty, largely protected as a natural reserve, and is an unmissable destination for golf enthusiasts, given the numerous courses present, among all that of Villa d’Este.
The morainic hills
The hilly area south of Lake Garda represents a very attractive area both for the variety of the landscape and its villages (among all Borghetto di Valeggio and Castellaro Lagusello, UNESCO World Heritage Site) and for the richness of its history, having hosted prehistoric, Etruscan, Roman populations and land of great battles such as that of Solferino and San Martino, which led to the birth of the International Red Cross and the homonymous Museum in Castiglione delle Stiviere.
Spreading over three provinces (that of Mantua, Brescia and Verona) it is a territory that also offers a lot to food and wine lovers with traditional typical dishes and excellent wine productions such as the Lugana DOC.