The lake was mentioned by the name “Garda” in documents dating from the eighth century and is a name derived from the Germanic word warda, which means “place of observation” or “place of safety”.
Lake Garda has many small islands and five main islands, the largest being Isola del Garda, where in 1220 Francis of Assisi founded a monastery. In its place is now a 19th-century building in Venetian Gothic style.
The old fortified town of Sirmione, located south of the lake, is a very popular destination, hosting the picturesque Scaliger castle, dating from the 13th century. The Roman poet Catullus had a villa here, and visitors can see a ruined Roman spa called the Grotte di Catullo (Catullus’ Caves).
Nearby is Gardaland, one of the most famous theme parks in Italy. At the northern end of the lake, the towns of Riva and Torbole are famous for the winds that attract lovers of water sports, windsurfing and kiteboarding.
The camping infrastructure is quite developed in the area, however, it may be at its limit during peak periods.