The potentially splendid botanical gardens. I say "potentially" because, like most things when I was in Italy, they were closed. On a balmy spring day when surely nature should have been on show I found it a bit sad.
I did ascertain that they have an excellent variety of plants and also things to amuse the children.
I, sadly, could find nothing to amuse.....
Manerba sul Garda
The Rocca, defensive stronghold, stands on the top of the hill above the city of Manerba sul Garda and offers an magnificent view to the place and its surroundings.
Historical events record it as constantly contended between Guelphs and Ghibellins (Brescians and Veronese).
Vecchia Dogana is the old Custom Office, dating back from the Venetian period of the town. It is situated on the lakeshore in the part which was out of the town walls. On the second thought, it might be even older because the ramparts on the walls have typical Ghibellini style, which is characteristic for the Scaligers.
Salò to Madonna del Rio and Bagnolo - 4 June 2007
From Salò on Lake Garda we made a walk up into the hills - our first stop was at Renzano, where we made a picture of this beautiful fresco in the church of St. Nazario and St. Celso. Unfortunately, the fresco is in need of some repair, it is a Nativity scene, but the child itself can hardly be seen ...
Our next stop - at about an hour's walk from Salò - was the local pilgrimage centre Madonna del Rio. You'll find a chapel here, and a waterfall nearby (follow the signs).
Madonna del Rio, view from the colonnade.
Interior of the Madonna del Rio chapel. We couldn't visit the chapel itself at the time, we made this picture through a window.
There's another very small sanctuary - actually it is no more than a small statue - in this gorge beside the waterfall. This is were all the pilgrims go (not that we saw any, mind you ...)
In the hills on our way to the Passo de Bagnolo - high above Lake Garda.
Old chestnut trees near the tiny village of Milordi.
Lake Garda as seen from the hills.
After crossing the Passo de Bagnolo, we made the mistake of descending too early and we ended up in the small town of Serniga (without being aware of that) and - to make things worse! - we took a wrong turn in Serniga as well, resulting in an extra walk of one hour. All in all, we walked for five hours on that day!
Wandelgids Gardameer, cop. 2005 (publisher ANWB, ISSN 90-18-01284-X), walk number 22