* In the summer the waters of the lake are warm and clean. You can rent pedaloes and go out into the lake - lots of fun. There are beaches, but these are stony and small. They also tend, in the daytime, to be packed with Italian people baking in the hot sun. It is not a traditional family bucket and spade type holiday and you will need shoes or suitable footwear to protect your feet from the stones.
* On our visit to this area, consider the options carefully. Garda is huge - 60-70 miles in length with numerous resorts. I read the following quote somewhere "pick the wrong place and you will regret it. Pick the right place and you will never forget it." This is true - consider carefully what you want from your resort and choose accordingly.
* Do not be tempted to rent a speedboat on the lake. The authorities are a bit reckless about whom such boats are rented to. No license is required.
* Visiting this area is less about specific sights and more about exploring pretty villages along the shores, relaxing in little waterfront cafes and enjoying fine food. A steamer trip on the lake and an evening stroll along the water's edge are essential experiences.
* Lots of restaurants and bars along the lake do not take credit cards. Make sure you have cash with you, just in case.
* Lake Garda is a great destination for families. Children are extremely well catered for with a plethora of water sports and well equipped holiday resorts. The adults meanwhile are happy with the wonderful lakeside bars and restaurants which have the most fabulous views.