Garda Trentino environment

Garda Lake
Garda Lake – Photo © Luciana Coletti -*Elle*

Air. Water. Land. Fire. These four natural elements are alive more than ever in Garda Trentino, a region of intense colors and perfumes. The territory, lapped by waters and colors of the largest lake in Italy, boasts a special climate which makes it the northern-most Mediterranean region in Europe – the first point of contact with the sun of the south. Culture, nature and history come together in the communities of Garda Trentino. Still today, with its imperial style palaces, Arco shows traces of that which was defined as the Kurort Austriaco. While Riva and Torbole offer, in ever a new way, that tourist liveliness that made them known to renowned personalities in Central Europe during the 1700’s and 1800’s.

Lakes

Garda, Ledro, Tenno, Toblino, Cavedine: the element water defines and distinguishes Garda Trentino. The Trentino part of Lake Garda, otherwise known as “Benaco“, is narrow and enclosed by high cliffs that recall the roughness of the Norwegian Fjords. In the past, it was frequented by Dante Alighieri, Mann, Kafka, Brahms, Nietzsche and Goethe. It is this body of water, the largest in Italy, together with the mountainous Baldo, that characterise the climate and vegetation of Garda Trentino and bring about its Mediterranean side.

Lake Ledro is suspended among the Giudicarie and Sarca valley, and is a natural balcony that has recently been used for hydroelectric purposes. It is known, above all, for an extensive Bronze Age pile-dwelling site carefully laid out on its shores. The turquoise blue waters of the small and charming Lake Tenno are located on the lower south-western slopes of Mount Misone, while the ice blue Lake Cavedine is located in the setting of the Marocche, an enormous post-glacial landslide. Finally, Lake Toblino, with its distinctly romantic turreted castle on a peninsula that gently leans out into the water, the islets and the beds of reeds…

Nago Marmitte dei Giganti
Nago Marmitte dei Giganti – Photo © Fototeca Trentino Spa

Places to visit

Besides the changing reflections of Lake Garda, the territory has many other distinctive characteristics from fascinating routes to captivating landscapes. The Marocche, an impressive landslide dating back to the glaciation period, characterizes the Cavedine Valley lunar landscape. Mount Brione, rising up at the center of the Sarca Valley, is mirrored by Lake Garda and has become one of the stops on the European “Sentiero della Pace” (Path of Peace) due to the World War I Austro-Hungarian fortifications found on it.

The Varone Waterfall, which inspired Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain”, is an 87-metre waterfall on the inside of a cavern that was excavated by the Magnone stream. It is open every day in the summer and holidays and Sundays in the winter. The celebrated “Marmitte dei Giganti” (Giants’ Potholes),deep circular cavities of glacial origin found along the provincial road, connect Nago to Torbole. And finally, the botanical peculiarities of the Arco Arboretum, an antique park created by archduke Albert of Hapsburg in the second half of the 1800’s which is open during daylight hours.

Garda Trentino climate

GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES

91 m a.s.l.
latitude 45° – 55′ – 14” north
longitude 1° – 34′ – 12” west from Monte Mario (Rome)

Hours of sun (annual) = 2,031
Average humidity = 65.7
Annual precipitation = 926.6 mm
Atmospheric pressure = 751.7 mm annual average
Wind gust = monthly maximum in m/s 19.8
Wind force = 8.3 (gr. Beaufort)

TEMPERATURE AIR WATER
annual average = 14°C = 13,3°C
winter average = 5,4°C = 8,7°C
spring average = 13,6°C = 10,5°C
summer average = 22,7°C = 19,2°C
autumn average = 14,4°C = 14,6°C

Where to stay in Riva del Garda

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