A day by the water
For a relaxing day by the lake during your holiday to Italy, head to one of the area’s pebble beaches. Ideal for sunbathing, Al Cor and Lido Blu beaches both have peaceful lawns where you can hire deckchairs, as well as a selection of restaurants and snack bars.
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, head to the neighbouring town of Riva del Garda, which is home to a some of the largest pebble and grass beaches on the lake’s north shores. Both Pini Beach and Spiaggia Sabbioni offer a range of facilities including bars, cafés, sunloungers, play areas and floating platforms.
Meanwhile, the Sarca River is the place to go if you fancy a refreshing dip. Located in between Torbole and Riva del Garda, the inlet is sourced from the mountains and the deep waters make it ideal for swimming.
Exploring the natural scenery
Walking is one of the most popular day activities in Torbole, with the gentle 3km path along the promenade to Riva del Garda being a great place to start. There’s plenty to see and do when you get to the town, from browsing boutique shops to exploring historic buildings. The walk takes around 40 minutes on foot – and you can even catch the bus or ferry back if you’re tired after a day of sightseeing.
The more challenging walk to the hillside hamlet of Nago is also well worth it. Take a picnic and start the scenic climb up into the foothills for superb views of the town, lake and mountains. Here you can visit the Penede Castle or take a detour to the Marmitte dei Giganti – rare examples of ancient caves and glacial craters caused by the ice age.
If you’re feeling adventurous, hike further up the Monte Baldo mountain range for more demanding terrain and spectacular panoramic vistas.
If you’re keen to travel further afield and see what the Trentino region has the offer, there are plenty of interesting landmarks and attractions that are within day trip distance.
For a taste of authentic Italy, just a 30-minute drive will take you to the Grigoletti winery in the beautiful Lagarina Valley, while a tour of the Fontanél cheese factory offers guests the chance to sample a range of local delicacies.
There’s also a number of historical sites in the area, including the Arco Castle ruins and the Apponale Tower in Riva del Garda – both of which are accessible by a local bus. As well as this, you can take a ferry to most other villages and towns around the lake in under an hour, including Riva, Limone and Malcesine, where you’ll find an abundance of ancient architecture to explore.
Where to eat and drink
Torbole’s nightlife is informal and relaxed, with a selection of bars where you can enjoy a casual drink. The Aurora Lounge Bar is a popular night-time spot and has a great outdoor beanbag area with live bands and DJs most weeks. Alternatively, take a stroll along the promenade with an ice cream in hand and watch the twinkling lights dance across the water.
Food-wise, there’s a good selection of places to eat in the town, by the lake and up in the hills in Nago – most of which offer superb views. Like the majority of the villages around Lake Garda, Italian dishes dominate the menus in Torbole, with delicious pasta, pizza and seafood specialties.