Step back in time in Lazise's old town
The Old Town area in Lazise, also known as Lungolago di Lazise, is a charming small harbour town with splendid views over the lake. The town itself makes for a great day out. Walking the historic streets will give you flashbacks of Venice, with waterfront restaurants, churches and gelaterias.
Further inside the Old Town you'll find colorful stalls and souvenir shops, wine bars, and cafes. A long promenade runs out towards the water, lined with docked boats and white swans. The castle of Lazise is one of its greatest landmarks, and is where the Venetian magistrates once resided. This towering building is thought to have been erected in the eleventh century, but the exact dates remain a mystery.
The walls around the Old Town stand out as a Medieval feature. In the 14th Century the Della Scala family built these walls to protect its inhabitants, today they encircle all of the Old Town area including numerous traditional restaurants and quaint boutiques. Surrounding the walls are vineyards and olive groves, and the wine and olive oil they produce can be purchased within the town, ideal for a little souvenir to remember your holiday in Lazise.
Get in the holiday spirit
Every Wednesday Lazise has an open air market running all day long. Here you can purchase a whole range of items from fresh produce to textiles to locally made olive oil. If you're travelling during the festive season though, the annual Lazise Christmas Market is one not to be missed.
More than 50 exhibitors gather in the central Piazza Vittorio Emanuele – though sometimes this location varies – and with lights dancing overhead and music playing all around, it'll be hard not to be filled with Christmas spirit. Plus you can purchase some pretty incredible one-of-a-kind Italian Christmas gifts.
Family fun days
History buffs, and those who want to experience a traditional Italian holiday, will love the atmosphere and sightseeing opportunities Lazise has to offer. But if you're visiting with the whole family there are a few more kid friendly activities to check out.
Movieland, the Hollywood Park, is a fantastic day out with wild rollercoasters, haunted houses, 3D robotic rides and little kids' attractions - including ferris wheels and musical shows. It's an extravaganza of thrilling rides and fun entertainment. No matter what your age Movieland aims to impress.
Caneva The AquaPark is next door, with kamikazes, racing slides, water jumps, black holes, rafting rides and more. Go on a hot day and let the water cool you down, as well as exhilarate you.
Unwind in the thermal spas
After a busy day of sightseeing there's no better way to relax in Lazise than visiting the Parco Termale de Garda thermal spa. This unique natural spa is complete with bath temperature lakes, perfect for soaking in, as well as swimming pools and a wellness centre with saunas, steam baths and whirlpools.
The thermal lakes are surrounded by trees and exotic plant life, giving you a secluded and peaceful bathing experience within its 13 acres. And the wellness centre has now expanded, so visitors can try halotherapy in the salt-crystal rooms and a Himalayan salt-scrub in the Turkish baths. With so much pampering and relaxation you'll be tempted to come back day after day to soak those sore sightseeing legs.