Ca Mura Hotel, Bardolino ***
Hotel Ca'Mura is in Bardolino on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Garda. This is a delightful modern environment, with 34 comfortable rooms, all with private bathrooms. Rooms are spacious and beautifully light and airy. View hotel
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Color Hotel, Bardolino ****
A unique concept and a totally unique place to stay - the Color Hotel in Bardolino has been created around the concept of Chromotherapy, using colours subtly and creatively to evoke the perfect mood. View hotel
Double rooms from €145
Best known to the uninitiated for its eponymous wine, the lovely little Veneto town of Bardolino has long been a popular little resort on Lake Garda, especially favoured by British and German tourists. Things hot up especially during the wine harvest, from mid-September to Mid-October, when the Festa di Uva (or Festival of the Grape) is in full swing.
The town lies in the Verona province of north-eastern Italy's Veneto region, some 130km west of Venice and around 25km northwest of Verona. Trips into the latter city are highly recommended, with sights including the Roman amphitheatre (a venue for summer night opera), the medieval Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, the Duomo, and a clutch of other important and beautiful medieval buildings. Closer to home, you should head a little down shore from Bardolino to the walled village of Lazise which, remarkably, was once an important Venetian port. Today, it retains its medieval customs house and a castle.
Back in Bardolino, the fun is largely focused on Lake Garda, with a host of day trips out by boat to the other resorts on the lakeside. Towns dotted around the lake include Garda, Lago di Garda, Torri del Benaco, Desenzano del Garda and the peninsula town of Sirmione. Heading across to the western shore, Gardone Riviera and Salo are worth a look too. And Bardolino is a very pleasant place simply to stroll, relax and do not very much at all. There is a delightful pine and palm fringed promenade, perfect for the evening passeggiata. Tastings of the red Bardolino wine are a must of course, and interesting local watering holes include Da Romaldi on Via Cesare Battista. The Cristallo gelateria (ice cream parlour) close to the ferry jetty is also a local stalwart.