I visited Italy for the second time in September 2015 I loved it the second time as much as I did the first time. It really just made me want to visit a third time! My first trip was to Florence, Venice, and Cinque Terre. This last visit was to Lake Garda.
To get to Lake Garda I flew into Verona and then went to my hotel in Sirmione. I loved this little medieval town. I thought it was so charming and colorful with the flowers everywhere. This was one of very few places that I have visited on my own that I felt safe going out at night alone.
Lake Garda is very large and the only thing I would do differently visiting again, which I might do, is to spend time in other areas around the lake. I will say that I am very happy to have stayed in Sirmione. Everyone was very friendly and the food was excellent as always. I am also very happy to say that I didn't see any stray cats or dogs during my stay!
I was a little worried that visiting in September might be a little chilly, but it was actually quite warm during the day it was usually in the 80's (Fahrenheit). At night it would get cool but not until very late. There is a ferry that runs all around the lake which stops running at some point in October. Otherwise I think October would be a fine time to visit Lake Garda as well.
Wherever you walked in town the castle was usually in view:
I found this pink villa when I walked off the beaten path that I thought was lovely!
A garden I found not too far from the beach which is just a short walk from the town
Here is the pathway beside the beach which makes for a nice walk:
There were also many beautiful churches:
There were many fun shops and restaurants around town. The prices were very reasonable!
The sunsets and sunrises were nice every night I was there as it only rained for a few hours during the ten days I was there: