July, 17 2019 ( Updated July, 17 2019)
If you're looking to eat in and recreate an authentic Italian meal during your stay, then a trip to a local food market is a must!
The weekly markets on Lake Garda are bursting with regional produce, and those all-important fresh cooking ingredients to stock up the kitchen cupboards. Shopping there will give you a true flavour of Lake Garda’s culinary taste buds, and the wider Veneto region. With our useful guide to the top weekly markets on Lake Garda, you’ll also be able to combine market trips with sightseeing trips!
Best Monday markets on Lake Garda
Moniga del Garda: 8am – 1pm
Piazza S. Martino
A great market stocked with high-quality leather goods and delicious treats, including Lake Garda’s very own rosé wine, the classic ‘Chiaretto’. Afterwards, why not take a trip to the town’s very own castle or hop on board your rental boat and enjoy sipping your bottle of vino from the water.
Peschiera del Garda: Monday mornings
Via Campo Sportivo
This well-stocked market offers everything from fresh food and produce, to regional craft ware, clothing, toys, shoes and household items. Once you’ve completed your shopping list, take in the heritage attractions of this pretty and fascinating town, which include fine military buildings, palaces, churches and the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Frassino. Families can also let their hair down at one of the many nearby Lake Garda theme parks.
San Zeno di Montagna: 8am – 1pm
In the cente of San Zeno di Montagna (off via Val Masson)
This characteristic weekly market invites visitors to sample local delicacies and regional delights, including the lake’s own speciality chestnut produce. Afterwards, visit the nearby sites of Grotta Tanella and Madonna delle Corona.
Torri del Benaco: 8am – 2pm
Extends from the town centre to the ferry dock
Amongst many things, this large weekly market stocks hand-crafted olive wood items, artisan foods and staple fresh produce. These will all come in handy when looking to create that all-important Italian dishes! After visiting this bustling local market, take a trip back in time and explore the iconic Scaliger castle.
Best Tuesday markets on Lake Garda
Campione di Tremosine: 8am – 1pm
A varied weekly market selling the usual items, accompanied by a wide and varied range of tasty regional produce; from cheeses and olive oil to divine local honey. Once you’ve enjoyed buying your favourite ingredients and some holiday souvenirs, make some time to enjoy the picturesque qualities of this lakeside village. In particular, the scenic Strada de la Forra (the Street of the Gorge) is a rather spectacular place to visit!
Castelletto di Brenzone: 8am – 1pm
Situated along the banks of the lake
Purveyors of inspiring regional food and produce, high-quality leather goods and fashion, this market will not disappoint. Enjoy visiting the Rock of Castelletto and the ancient Roman Villa whilst you’re here. If you’re feeling like some high-energy fun then take to the trees and zipwires, at the nearby Jungle Adventure park.
Castelnuovo del Garda: 8am – 1pm
The perfect place to savour an authentic market experience, in a characterful and historical setting. After you’ve finished immersing yourself in the market, enjoy a spot of sightseeing, or a refreshing dip in the crystal lake water of Lido Campanello and Lido Ronchi. Visitors are also temptingly close to Lake Garda’s top theme parks, so you can easily make a day of it.
Cavaion Varonese: 8am – 1pm
Piazza delle Palafitte
A typical weekly market selling a superb selection of authentic Italian produce. Afterwards, treat yourself to a wine tour or unique wine tasting experience at the exceptionally scenic Tenuta Preella Lamberti vineyard.
Desenzano del Garda: 8am – 1pm
Along the historical promenade of Caesare Battisti beach
Offering a varied selection of stalls, this popular weekly market draws a large throng of locals and visitors alike. The picturesque location of the market leads in no time to the top visitor sites of beautiful Desenzano, which including its romantic Roman villa and castle, so do make time to explore!
Limone: 8am – 1pm (on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month)
This versatile weekly market sells a super selection of local produce, including a plentiful supply of fresh fruit and vegetables – perfect for preparing mouth-watering dishes back at your holiday home. Whilst you’re there, take in the quaint port and soak up a refreshing lake swim, or visit the historical lemon grove of Limonaia del Castèl.
Pieve di Tremosine: 8am - 1pm (1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month)
An Italian food market offering a wide variety of speciality local cheeses, from the soft cheese ‘Formagella di Tremosine’ to the unique, unpasteurised cheese ‘Formaggio Latte Crudo’, which is produced in the Grotta Tremosine. After a scenic walk or idyllic hike why not enjoy sitting down to a delicious evening meal, at one of the many local 'Agriturismi' restaurants.
Ponti sul Mincio: 8am – 1pm
This is a weekly market geared at the health-food and ‘Agriturismi’ crowds. Bursting with fresh top-quality produce, shoppers will enjoy filling up their shopping bags, before savouring a meal at one of the local eateries. Take the time to appreciate the unique historical scenery of this town.
Tignale: 8am – 1pm
Packed with a diverse range of local produce, this market sells regional lake delicacies, including bottles of olive oil produced within the township. Once you’ve finished your food shopping, seek out the delicious, typical Tignale desert known as ‘Spongadì’, from one of the local cafes. Popular events in the town include medieval costumed markets and the annual truffle party ‘Festa del Tartufo’. If you’re feeling at all active afterwards, head out for a walk or bike ride along one of the paths in the surrounding nature park.
Best Wednesday markets on Lake Garda
Riva del Garda: 8am - 2pm (2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month)
For those looking to savour the best regional goodies, this authentic weekly market in northern Lake Garda stocks a variety of delicious cheeses, sausages and take-home souvenirs. Set within the ‘Centro Storico’, visitors are within easy walking distance of the all-weather tourist attractions and wind surfing opportunities of Riva del Garda, so it is well worth dedicating an entire day to this popular place.
Roè Volciano: 8am – 1pm (Fortnightly)
This is a great local market for souring fresh Italian cooking ingredients, fruit and vegetables and speciality regional wines. After you’ve got everything you need, explore this local resort village on foot, or visit the beautiful botanical gardens of André Heller (10 minutes’ drive away).
San Felice del Benaco: 8am – 1pm
This weekly market is the ideal shopping destination for budding chefs; with fresh fish, artisan sausages, regional cheeses and fresh fruit and vegetables all on offer, at great local prices! Afterwards, take a tranquil trip to the Sancturary of della Madonna del Carmine, or take in the ancient remains of the former Castello di Portese.
Best Thursday markets on Lake Garda
Bardolino: 8am – 1pm
This typical weekly market stocks everything for the avid tourist and ‘Formaggio fan’, with artisan crafts and speciality cheeses all on offer. Wine lovers are also in for a treat, with an excursion to the highly recommended local wine museum, Cantina Zeni e Museo del Vino (which boasts a free wine tasting experience to boot!)
Bussolengo: 8am – 1pm
Downtown and along the lake promenade
This large market offers a buzzing shopping experience; with everything from souvenirs and high-quality leather goods to that all important fine Italian food and wine! Wine buffs simply must take a trip afterwards to the local CantinaIl Pignetto. For families and wildlife fans, an outing to the popular Parco Natura Viva wildlife park will prove to be a popular choice.
Capovalle: 8am – 1pm
Via XXIV Maggio
This large authentic Italian market offers a colourful array of stalls, which burst with everything from souvenirs and clothing to fresh fruit and vegetables, speciality olive oils and produce direct from the farmer’s field. After whizzing around the market, head down the road to the popular local ‘Trattoria Bianca’ for some replenishment - which is open all day and has been serving happy diners since 1901! Local tourist attractions include Rocca d’Anfo and Castello San Giovanni.
Lonato: 8am – 1pm
Historic market square and side streets
For those looking to enjoy a spot of home-cooking, this typical weekly market stocks those must-have Italian ingredients. Those in search of a souvenir or collectable antique will be presently surprised too. Afterwards why not enjoy a trip to the local historical landmark of Rocca di Lonato, or if you’re with the kids, keep them amused at the town’s water park, Parco La Quiete.
Peschiera del Garda: 8am – 1pm
This lovely farmers’ market offers delicious regional treats and traditional produce from across the region. After you’ve found everything you came for (and more), head to one of the many historical and military attractions here, or leave the picturesque lake setting and rev things up at one of the nearby Lake Garda theme parks!
Toscolano: 8am – 1pm
Viale Marconi, Piazza Caduti Nassirya
This is the perfect weekly market for sourcing organic fruit and vegetables, freshly caught fish and regional produce, including homemade olive oils, cured meats, wines, honey and artisan gifts. You’ll be equally impressed by the honest, local prices too! Toscalano Maderno is also home to a beautiful botanical garden, a paper museum and the ancient remains of Villa Romana.
Best Friday markets on Lake Garda
Manerba del Garda: 8am – 1pm
By the church
This well-stocked market offers everything you could ever wish for, including a welcome selection of local delicacies, such as fine regional liqueurs. After treating yourself to a bottle of Limoncello, stroll around the open-air museum and lakeside nature reserve site of Rocca di Manerba.
Sirmione: 8am – 1pm
This small-yet-perfectly formed market provides a fantastic range of produce for foodie fans. The appealing stands sell top-quality ingredients and items from a host of regional farms. Once you’ve filled your boots with delicious treats, enjoy a romp around the beautiful resort town of Sirmione, with its timeless heritage sites, beaches and spas.
Riva del Garda: 8am –
This traditional Farmer’s market provides a lovely spot for picking up some fresh local cooking ingredients and produce. Don’t forget to take in the all-weather tourist attractions too, as well as the wind surfing opportunities and lido beaches!
Best weekend markets
On Saturday mornings, visit the buzzing regional food markets of Calmasino di Bardolino (open 7.30am – 1pm) and Polpenazza, as well as the typical farmer’s markets of Lonato del Garda (8am – 1pm) and Trento. The local tourist market in Padenghue sul Garda (open Saturday afternoons) is ideal for holidaymakers in search of an edible gift or souvenir.
meander around the regional food and drink stalls of Monzambano market (8am –
1pm) and savour the premium-quality produce and health food stands on offer at
Castelnuovo del Garda market (on each Sunday April - December, from 8am – 1pm).
If you’re looking for a curious gift or collectible, then Lake Garda and nearby Verona also host a variety of Antique markets. The best of the bunch are:
Wednesday mornings: Bogliaco, nr Gargagno
3rd Saturday of the month: Verona – Piazza San Zeno
1st Sunday of the month: Verona – Piazzale Porta Palio and in Desenzano (except January and August)
2nd Sunday of the month: Brescia (except July and August)
4th Sunday of the month: Valeggio sul Mincio
Whichever Lake Garda markets float your boat, we wish you an enjoyable shopping and sightseeing moment!