Lake Garda, Italy

The Best Places to Run in the Lake Garda Area. See Also our guide to Verona.

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, and is a very popular vacation destination. This glacial lake sits at the base of the Gruppo del Baldo mountain range, with a surrounding landscape dotted with the remains of villas, bastions, and castles. The highlight of running in the Lake Garda region is the ~75 km of lakeside paths and promenades through bucolic lakeside towns such as Sirmione, Bardolino, Limone Sul Garda, Malcesine, and Riva del Garda. There are also longer multi-use paths along the Sarca River on the northern side of the lake and the Mincio River at the southern end. We’ve also mapped a few trail running options. And, something to look forward to: a 140 km cycling path circling the entire lake is expected to open in 2021.

To organize our guide to the best places to run in Lake Garda, we’ve organized the routes around the lake in a clockwise direction. For more nearby running, check out our guide to running in Verona.

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Lake Garda has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm to hot summers. Average summer highs are in the 29C (84F) range, and quite humid with warm nights. Winters highs are in the 6-8C (45-48F) range, with nights just above freezing. Given the lake and mountain location, there are a lot of micro-climates. The 1100mm (43 inches) of annual precipitation are well spread throughout the year, more often in the form of thunderstorms in summer. There can be a lot of shifting winds during the day.

Sirmione, Bardolino, Limone Sul Garda, Malcesine, and Riva del Garda are the top towns around Lake Garda. You’ll find a list of accommodations at

There are a few running/athletics stores around Lake Garda, including Cisalfa Sport Blue Garden, The Shop LGW, Longoni Sport, and Elite Sports.

The Lake Garda Marathon is the top race near the lake. The Garda Trentina Half Marathon is also popular.