Another thing: Lago di Garda might just be the most complete vacation area...anywhere. In my opinion and for my use anyway:
1. Good climate in summer.
Cooler than along the Mediterranean coast (anything above 30deg is just too hot for me). But warmer and more stable than north of Alps I believe. Should also be warm enough for spring/fall trips assuming you don't have to wear shorts all the time.
2. Skiing possible in winter.
There are slopes in the area but also just a short trip to Dolomites and even shorter to Madonna di Campiglio. Day trips no problem.
3. Beautiful nature/scenery
, both lake and mountains.
4. Lots of pretty and charming towns
5. Easy access from airports
(and dead cheap with RyanAir if you can take them).
6. Lots of stuff to do
, swimming, sailing/kiting/wind surfing, walking, biking, canyoning, culture...
7. Short distance to coast and Alps
8. LOTS of some of the best roads in the world for motorcyles
My wife and I actually discussed having an apartment there when kids move out (they're 15 and 18 now). But we'll have to see, no idea what prices are but suspect not cheapest
Except expensive to buy and live, not sure about gravel roads, offroad, enduro possibilities, think some type of national park so might not be that easy.