Holiday: Lake Garda, Italy by @DizzleEducation

Lake Garda is definitely my number-one recommendation for the ideal teacher getaway. On several occasions over the years I’ve spent the summer term looking forward to my first Aperol Spritz by the lakeshore. If you’ve not tried this uniquely Italian drink, I strongly urge you to give it a try next time you’re in Italy (or pick up a bottle next time you’re out shopping).

David Carpenter, an Economics Teacher in South London, UK. Where do you like to holiday? If you’re an educator and you have a favourite vacation spot, please let us know.

Back to the holiday, I describe this northern Italian lake as ‘ideal’ because it has everything I want from a holiday. With a busy teacher’s life never done, the opportunity to just sit back and relax and forget about marking, lesson planning, etc. is a must in any holiday destination. And there’s ample potential to do this. Whether it’s on a sun bed by the hotel swimming pool, taking a stroll by the lake or wandering along the winding streets of one of the many lakeside towns.

Garda01However, as my students will tell you, I’m also rather a fidget and so wouldn’t last more than a day or two on a sun bed before itching to get out exploring. And again Lake Garda has activities aplenty. The entire lake is about 50km long, so you could spend weeks just visiting the many different towns by the excellent lake ferries. Towards the north of the lake, around Riva, Torbole, and Malcesine, you will find opportunities for water sports, mountain biking, and other adventurous pursuits, as well as a number of beaches popular with families. Malcesine also has the very popular rotating cable car which ascends to the top of the Monte Baldo, the mountain range which borders much of the eastern shoreline. This affords spectacular views across the lake as well as a wide variety of walks. Further south, near the towns of Lazise and Peschiera, you will find Gardaland- Italy’s biggest theme park, and Canevaworld- which consists of an excellent water park with a variety of slides and it’s own volcano- and the Movieland theme park. If you’d like something a little more relaxing there are also many wineries in the local area which often offer free guided tours (and tastings!).

Finally, if you want to go a little further afield, both Verona and Venice are within easy reach of many towns on the lake. Public buses run around every 30 minutes to Verona from Garda and along the lake and there is a summer service, running 3 times a week, to Venice. There are guided coach tours but the public bus is significantly cheaper and quicker- especially to Venice, where you will speed along the motorway for much of the journey (although do book in advance).

Getting to Lake Garda couldn’t be easier, with many airlines flying into nearby Verona and regular buses direct from the airport to the lake. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more adventurous, the Thello sleeper train runs daily from Paris to Venice and stops in Verona.

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