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Lake Garda

Lake Garda
Italy's insider take:

Garda's biggest selling point is its balmy climate: The lake acts as a gigantic solar panel; a ring of mountains stores the heat while winds help keep temperatures bearable. Around Lake Garda, places to visit include Sirmione, a green and peaceful headland covered in olive trees and cypresses; Punta Portese marks one end of the Riviera Bresciana, Garda's small-scale version of the Côte d'Azur, which takes in the towns of Salò and Gardone Riviera. Farther up the western shore is Gargnano, a perfect little port town. Between Bardolino and Peschiera is the Gardaland amusement park, the largest in Italy.

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