Averages for Lake Garda in September
Temperatures in Lake Garda, northern Italy, remain warm in September without the intense heat of the summer months, making it a very pleasant time to visit. The average temperature this month is a warm 20ºC (68ºF) with average highs of 25ºC (77ºF) and a 47% chance of a sunny day, so there is still plenty of opportunities for sunbathing and outdoor act...
Temperatures in Lake Garda, northern Italy, remain warm in September without the intense heat of the summer months, making it a very pleasant time to visit. The average temperature this month is a warm 20ºC (68ºF) with average highs of 25ºC (77ºF) and a 47% chance of a sunny day, so there is still plenty of opportunities for sunbathing and outdoor activities like sailing and windsurfing on the lake or hiking in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Despite the warm temperatures, however, this is also the wettest month at the lake with a 28% chance of rain and an average rainfall of 86mm over 9 days. There is also a 4% chance of a cloudy day, so it’s important to keep an eye on the local forecast to avoid getting caught in a shower.
As autumn approaches the temperature around the lake tends to drop so the beginning of the month is likely to see the warmest temperatures with average highs of 23ºC (73ºF) which by the end of the month have fallen to an average of 18ºC (64ºF). Temperatures at night or when the sun isn’t shining this month can get a little chilly with an average low of 15ºC (59ºF) so make sure to pack accordingly. Also bear in mind that the days begin to shorten at this time of year with an average of 9 hours sunshine compared to 11 in August.
Although there may sometimes be a slight autumnal feel to the weather this month, the wind remains calm with only a 2% chance of experiencing a windy day making it a great season for sightseeing around some of the Roman ruins or touring some of the many vineyards in the area. The temperature around the lake is fairly consistent this month and remains similar to the rest of the region including the beautiful neighbouring city of Verona.
Tignale, a famous surf-spot, Lake Garda
Where to Stay
Whether you want to enjoy the stunning scenery and charm and character of Limone sul Garda or you just want to grab a few hours on the beach, the apartments at Residence San Luigi, with its own pool, tennis court, playground and private beach is a great mid-range choice.
September is a great month for hiking thanks to the slightly cooler temperatures from the summer months so, if you’re looking for a base to explore the beautiful mountainous countryside around Tignale, Villa San Valentino is a lovely place to stay. Set in stunning parkland in the village of Aer di Tignale it has breath-taking views across the lake from its sun terrace and garden.
For a touch of luxury and history try the Villa Arcadio, a former 18th century monastery set in a secluded spot in the hills above Salò with a stunning view down across the lake. Take advantage of the pool on warm days and the spa when the weather is wet. There is also a stylish restaurant and bar serving local food.
Limone sul Garda in the evening, Lake Garda
Things to Do
The warm sunshine and less intense temperatures of September make this the perfect month to take a wine tour around the region’s many vineyards. Visit the Vantini estate at the heart of the historic Valpolicella area and sample some of the great wines created by the Vantini family for over 100 years.
No need for the temperature to be too warm to visit the Parco Termale Del Garda, its natural thermal pools maintain a temperature of between 29-39ºC all year round. Visitors can come for the day to enjoy the waters, the wellness centre and the Winter Gardens with its restaurant or stay overnight in the Hotel Villa Dei Cedri.
Santuario della Madonna di Montecastello near Tignale. Lake Garda
Hit the Beach
It is still warm enough at the beginning of September to enjoy a bit of sunbathing on the lake’s beautiful beaches and taking a dip in the lake itself. If you’re staying in Desenzano and you want to take a break from exploring the beautiful historic buildings then head down to Desenzano Strand in front of the Hotel Riviera and lie on the beach serviced by the hotel where you can also rent paddleboats and canoes.
Those looking for a lively beach, popular with the young crowd in Riva del Garda, should check out Spiaggia dei Pini. It’s a pebble and gravel beach with plenty of shade, it draws a young crowd from the town with a kiosk playing music and volleyball tournaments held on the beach.
Restaurants and Nightlife
It is still warm enough to eat and drink outside the many bars and restaurants in September so take advantage of the beautiful terrace on the waterfront at Torre Al Casello in Bardolino.
You can’t come to Italy without experiencing a real, authentic Italian pizza and some of the best to be had around the lake come from Pizza per Caso Le Quattro Coppe in Desenzano. Enjoy the lively vibe and local clientele all coming to enjoy this most Italian of dishes.