You can get a ski lift up to the top of Monte Baldo and the views of the Lake Garda from there are stunning. They have a restaurant and bar at the top for a delicious sandwich and pint of beer or even hot food. The ski lift to the top is only around £22pp or you can hike if you're feeling up to it.
You can walk along the top of the ridge and enjoy amazing views from every angle - you can often see paragliders setting off from the top. For something a little different, you can try out llama trekking at the top too!
Bella Napoli has to be the best pizza I've ever had during my trips to different parts of Italy. On our last visit we went to the same restaurant twice because it was so good!
This part of the lake is great for fun activities like the paddle boarding, kayaks, biking and hiking. They have a lovely marina and all the restaurants are close together so you have lots of choice and don’t have to stray too far if you’re looking for a relaxed meal.
Malcesine is known for its beautiful castle that you can see from most parts of the lake as it's set out into the water. Pictures from the castle can give the illusion you're in the middle of the lake. Malcesine itself is a great little town and not far from Bardolino, which is great for vineyards and wine tasting.
I love to go to the surrounding lakes around Garda as they all offer different views and experiences. Lake Molveno is about a one hour drive from Riva Del Garda and has a great track around the whole lake to walk around. The town on Molveno is so picturesque - it's the perfect place to stop for a drink and a look around.
We hired a car so we could visit some cities around Lake Garda. You can drive to Venice in approximately two hours, or take the speed train there. Verona takes about an hour to drive and is the most beautiful understated city, it has the famous Romeo and Juliet balcony which is a great spot for hopeless romantics. Milan is the fashion capital so if you ever wanted to do shopping on holiday this is the place, and you can drive there in three hours.