A leisurely stroll
With its pedestrianised centre and narrow paths, the best way to explore Peschiera while on holiday to Italy is on foot. A casual stroll around the old town will take you past ancient walls and historic buildings, where you can easily spend a few hours getting lost down the winding streets. There are plenty of pavement cafés in the town and by the waterfront where you can stop off for a coffee or ice cream and soak up the atmosphere.
To explore the wider area, head inland and venture into the surrounding countryside. Just a short walk outside of the town is the peaceful Laghetto del Frassino lake and the historical Fort Ardietti ruins, which are both well worth a visit.
Lake beaches and walks
For those who want to spend a relaxing day by the water, there's a selection of idyllic beaches near Peschiera. Just a few minutes walk down the west side of the promenade you'll come across Cappuccini beach, which has spectacular views across the lake and a lovely café serving refreshments. A little further along is the dog-friendly Braccobaldo beach, which has a pebble shore dotted with sunloungers, deckchairs and parasols. Peschiera's southern shores are one of the shallowest and warmest parts of the lake – meaning that the water is ideal for swimming.
If you prefer a more active day by the lake, there are plenty of scenic walking paths around its shores. Take your camera and head west along the promenade, where you'll get magnificent views of the Sirmione peninsula and can stop off at one of the beaches to dip your toes in the water.
Exploring the wider area
Known for its excellent transport links, Peschiera is a great base for those who want to combine a peaceful Italian lake holiday with the hustle and bustle of Italy's famous cities. From the train station in the town centre, you can get to Verona in just 20 minutes for a day of shopping and sightseeing. Trains to Venice take an hour and a half, and you can also get to Italy's fashion capital, Milan in just over an hour.
Ferries from Peschiera depart regularly and stop at various lakeside villages. The hydrofoil leaves a couple of times a day and transports passengers to the picturesque town of Malcesine. Here, you can enjoy an alfresco lunch by the pretty harbour or take a scenic cable car up into the Monte Baldo mountain range for wonderful panoramic views of the lake.
Nightlife and restaurants
With pleasant temperatures and a vibrant night-time atmosphere, evenings in Peschiera can be spent strolling around the town soaking up the ambiance. Many of the cafés, ice cream parlours and gift shops stay open until late - so there's plenty to see and do after the sun goes down. If you fancy a nightcap, there's a variety of bars where you can relax and listen to music, such as the popular Café Momus and The Vecchio Mulino Beach Bar by the lakefront.
Peschiera offers an array of traditional Italian restaurants, especially along the water's edge. The menus are dominated by local specialities, including the famous spaghetti with a sardine sauce and Lugana white wine.