General feel of the area
As a sole female traveller, I was totally at ease in all the cities and town areas I visited in Lake Garda. The locals are super friendly and very accommodating. My three favourites were the three V’s - Verona, Vicenza, Venezia!
Verona - is simply full of happy people! You see either the loved up couple, the serious opera buff, the weekend tourist, the local family day trippers, the locals buying from the market stalls or simply people taking advantage of the great branded shopping opportunities. Verona has a very positive vibe with the old and new living and working together in harmony. Even the graffiti is full of love with messages and locks left by tourists and lovers alike. I would certainly return here to explore more.
Vicenza - smaller, friendly, a compact city which just appears to love bicycles - it is so easy to get around their historical area on foot or on 2 wheels. A peaceful and great alternative to Verona especially during the Arena’s opera season. A place with many chances to explore the architecture of Palladio and the riches of the Renaissance period. Well worth getting a museum card to explore these in depth.
Venice - vibrant, full of history and mystery, a city full of curious tourists. However, with so many hidden alleyways and canals it is easy to escape and find the true Venice. Head out towards the Accademia area - walk in the Giardini amongst the tree lined boulevard, spot the turtles in the fountain in the park, see laundry hanging across the streets, taste the handmade tomato grissini sticks from the local baker, discover the bars where the locals hang out after work, see the dogs travelling on boats with their owners, women gossiping on their doorstep, children playing out on their bikes in the local square, the lazy cat stretching in the sunshine. To breath and see the true Venice - go, explore, get lost, just remember Google maps is not totally reliable but the vaporettos are!