Bardolino guide

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A vacation guide to the wine town of Bardolino on Lake Garda

The Bardolino promenade
The Bardolino promenade. (Photo by Bhayer)

Goethe dallied perhaps longer than he wanted to in Malcesine just up the lake a ways, but he also enjoyed Bardolino, which has been famous since Roman times for its light red wine, celebrated at the little local Museo del Vino (Museum of Wine).

A fresco inside the Chiesa di San Severo, BardolinoFrescoes in San Severo. (Photo by Uwe Barghaan)Bardolino's two Romanesque churches retain some frescoes worth popping in for in between sampling some of the wine.

The 12th-century Chiesa di San Severo has some great—if much faded—13th century frescoes, including scenesof the Apocalypse.

The lovely but simple Pieve di San Zeno was built in the early 9th-century, and also retains some fresco scraps.

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Bardolino tourist office
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
tel. +39-045-721-0078

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How to get to Bardolino

Verona is the closest major city, where you can catch one of the 2–3 buses per hour (tel. +39-045-805-7911, to Bardolino (60–70 min.). Some of same bus lines connect Bardolino hourly with Malcesine (50 min.) and Riva del Garda (70–75 min.).

How to get around Lake Garda

If you don't take a tour or have a rental car (recommended), the easiest way is by bus ( for the eastern shore) or—less frequently but far, far more scenically—by boat (

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Bardolino tourist office
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
tel. +39-045-721-0078

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