Lake Garda is so large that it extends into three Italian regions: with its northernmost part in Trentino, its western shores border with Lombardy – and Veneto to the east. Lake Garda is flanked by the north-south A22 Brenner motorway, which intersects with the A4 east-west Venice-Milan motorway a little to the south. The “Gardesana Orientale” circles the lake offering magnificent panoramic views. Various car and smaller ferries carrying tourists criss-cross Lake Garda.
The main towns on Lake Garda are: Riva del Garda, Torbole, Malcesine, Garda, Bardolino, Sirmione, Desenzano, Moniga, Maderno and Limone.
Tourism is the main economic driver, though agriculture has an important secondary role to play. Sizeable tracts are farmed, with land covered in vineyards, peach and cherry orchards. Major industrial cities, such as Verona and Brescia to the south, have a significant global footprint.
Lake Garda enjoys mild weather conditions all year round thanks to its microclimate. The surrounding highlands are ideal for leisure activities such as hiking and biking, while the lake itself is a popular destination for water sports, such as wind-surfing.