The Lake of Garda is situated in the northen part of Italy and it belongs partly to the three Italian provinces; eastern bank is in Veneto, most northern in Trentino Alto Adige, while western in the Lombardy. I am not sure if any other Italian destination is break in pieces in such a way! The whole area of the lake and its suroundings is very touristy and crowded, especially in the summer and during the weekends. The weather is really mild and the vegetation proves it, typically mediterranean.
Fondest memory: Hard choice to me, I feel like a mother of four or five children, impossible to say who's the dearest one:
- Sirmione has the best position and the most beautiful castle,
- Bardolino has the most beautiful churches and excellent red wines,
- Malcesine offers the best beach resorts, cute old core, and the mountain of Monte Baldo,
- Salo has the most attractive promenade,
- Lazise looks like mediterranean fishermen's village and that is why I like it the most.
I was ever so impressed by the beautiful view over the lake!
It was a pity t was a bit hazy often a time but still... I can still hear the grasshoppers (?) making their sound and feel the sun's warmth ... smell olives ..
Sigh .. I am sure we will visit here again!
Favorite thing: The castle stands on the remains of a Roman fort, so the strategic merits of this spot must have been obvious 2,000 years ago. The Romans had a market here, chiefly for grain, and Desenzano held its position as an important market town right through to its time under Venetian rule
It's refreshing to walk through a town or village in Italy and see some new works of art. They provide such a contrast to the Roman/Middle Age/Medieval/Renaissance stuff that appears on every street corner.
Fondest memory: So it was that when I came upon a modern fountain and sculpture (the very dark thing in the background) I was pleasantly surprised.
At times, however briefly, you may think that you might not see another castle or Renaissance building while travelling in Italy if you only have an hour or two left of daylight. Put such thoughts out of your head.
Fondest memory: This is taken at the eastern end of Desenzano, en route to Sirmione, and only made me envious that I wasn't spending the night there overlooking the lake.
I hadn't pre-booked, simply rocked up and tried a hotel. Nothing. Not interested. I tried the other side of the little boat harbour and lucked out. Hotel Malcesine. 39 euros a room including breakfast. It was a just-opening special. It was one I plan to repeat. Here they actually understand the term "breakfast", but, I'll let my Email back home explain it all to you.
Fondest memory: BREAKFAST AT..............
The constant dashing of the wind chop against the piers forms an audio backdrop to the scene before me.
Immediately outside my restaurant picture window at Malcesine are the prominent rain-splattered pink tablecloths of the open-air balcony, an area I have chosen not to dine in this morning. (temp 1, minus chill factor)
International flags flutter in the chill wind as the waiter repairs outside to switch on the cluster lights despite the fact that the dramatic cliffs and mountain tops randomly streaked by snow are visible across the rippling bay.
Villages set in seemingly inaccessible locations accessed by even more seemingly inaccessible roads scarring their way into the craggy ramparts are fleetingly revealed through the drifting clouds.
My most friendly, gracious and energetic host, the now-introduced Tony, keeps putting more food on the table than I can ever hope to stomach. Toast follows hot chocolate before fresh blood orange juice, beautiful omelette, more hot chocolate and cereal. The proffered cake is regretfully declined.
Tony has added some ambient Bolivian mountain music as the ducks, coots and coloured boats bobble, at times synchronistically, to the tempo of the wind-raked waters of Lago da Garda - northern end of course. A true photographic aficionado wouldn't be seen at the southern end, would one?
Tiffanys can wait, I'm breakfasting here!
Favorite thing: Wherever you look from, you'll find beautiful sights! This view is from Sirmione, the castle window at the top tower, looking at the (relatively) big square in front of the castle, and its colourful houses shining on the sun!
Favorite thing: At the parking area, beside the lakeside promenade, there are some truly odd looking trees, with crowns cut in a funny way, and in the autumn without leaves, the curved branches look so weird! Nut it all looks very pretty!
Favorite thing: Although it's a quite northern latitude place, surrounded by high mountains, the vegetation and climate at the lake are Mediterranean alike! There are palm trees, agrumes fruits and olives! Olive oil from the region is very famousl THe olive groves are all around the lake!
Favorite thing: A lake from the top of the castle, seen through the tower barred windows. There are some dunegons in the castle, so imagine what a pretty sight the prisoners had. The suffering must have consisted of not being able to go out and enjoy it, but it sure made the days in the prison less ugly. :))
Favorite thing: Landscapes at Garda lake are breathtaking! Although you're in the middle of the extremely populated area (Lombardia & Veneto), and the lake itself is very populated, crowded and busy, still, in some moments you can feel like being in wilderness, and in the midst of serene natural resorts, far away from the noise of urban areas.
Favorite thing: At Garda lake you'll find lots of beautiful parks, often they would be private, with huge statues, like this one in Sirmione, and in fact, it's a part of Maria Callas park. It belongs to a huuuuuge villa, walled with high barred walls. :)
Favorite thing: Garda lake is very serene, but yet windy enough for saiiling. Apart from many other boats, you'll find a lot of beautiful sailboats, floating around peacefully, and on a sunny afternoon, you'd wish to be aboard!
Favorite thing: Like on most of Italian lakes, there are ducks, swans, seagulls strolling around the shores, resting on the beach and floating around. They are very friendly (the ducks here) and they come very close, probably they got used to being fed. Kids love playinf with them.
One of the days we were at Lake Garda, Derek decided to have a few hours painting. He did a couple of lovely watercolours, which will be framed once they are unpacked.
With so many architecturally beautiful towns around, mountains, flowers, lake & boats etc there is plenty here to keep an artist busy!