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.
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. :))
Gardaland main promenade - shops, tourist info office, and a "Must Avoid Adventure" - Canyons. After waiting in line for 30 minutes, you get sprinkled with few drops of water, pulled up and released down, and just when you think the fun is about to begin - it ends, although it wasn't fun at all.
Here is the Tourist Info office, where you can purchase tickets for dolphin show Palablu. Do that first thing in the morning. Trust me.
On most of the rides, there is an automatic camera that will take your picture usually in that most embarrasing moment.
Once you get off the ride, stop by the exit and check for your picture on monitors. If you like it - you can buy it for 3 - 5 Euros, depending on size.
If you find it embarassing - pretend you can't find yourself and whistle away.
This one was taken on Fuga da Atlantide adventure.
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: 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: This popular and in summer very crowded amusement park is located between Peschiera and Lazise and offers attractions for yound and old such as roller coasters, white water drives, a free fall tower and a lot more. Nearby you'll also find Caneva World, Italy's largest aqua park.
On the other side of Desenzano (to the east) and again inland, are two sites, close to each other and historically inseparable that are a must for all interested in the Napoleonic campaigns and just history in general.
At San Martino della Battaglia, on 24 June (Midsummer's Day) 1859 a Piemontean army under Vittorio Emanuele II defeated the right wing of the Austrian army here, while a few kilometers to the south at Solferino, Napoleon III crushed the main body of the Austrians, a victory commemorated in name by a bridge over the Seine in Paris. The day had few equals in the Wars of Italian Independence, but it also has a significance that was even more far-reaching as the Red Cross was set up as a direct result of the suffering of survivors of the battle at nearby Solferino.
Fondest memory: This castle had nothing to with that, I just thought you'd be interested.
The ties to the Roman era are maintained at Capo la Terra, the higher part of the town, where these remains of a castle, constructed spasmodically from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries to guard against attacks by marauders from the north can be found.
The ageing walls, the crumbling brick, the classic look of a castle. Can't get enough of them.
There's some ridiculous theory that humans form 42 different opinions about someone in the first 30 seconds when they're meeting them for the first time.
Well, call me a sceptic, but I concede wholeheartedly that while first impressions do count, I find it hard to believe you can have that many.
Which brings me to my first impression of Desenzano.
Fondest memory: I like water. Living lakeside or seaside as I have most of my life I have found its calming influence invaluable. Thus it was that when I pulled up lakeside at Desenzano I was liking the place already. Wanted to get a picture of myself by the attractive marina.
Lo and behold, no need to set up the tripod, there was a fellow snapper anxious for me to take a picture of him and his partner and I would return the favour. Thus you see a picture of me waving to him as he runs away with my camera..........no, only joking!
What is your favourite thing about Lago di Garda? That's easy. Malcesine.
Fondest memory: I have a friend in the Newcastle area, his name is Ralph. All Ralph ever talks about with regards to Italy is Lago di Garda and the science museum in Firenze. So, I went and saw the science museum in Firenze. Very interesting. Now it was time to go to la Garda, but where? He had told me the north was best and he remembered the windsurfers and the mountains up there. So I got a map, circled some towns and hit Google. I decided on Malcesine. I got lucky. Loved the place. Set on the waterside with its own castle and mountains across the lake and behind it is an idyllic setting.
It has a cable car that rotates as it moves up Monte Baldone, lots of water sports and a neat little village with cobblestone streets.
In this pic you can see a sample of the waterfront sculptures that abound and, in the smoke haze covered distance, some yachts on a training run.
In 568 the area was occupied by the Lombards, who supposedly built the Castle around which the town grew. After a period of domination by the Bishops of Verona, Malcesine became an independent city-state in 1154, with the right to mint coins and to make its own laws. It later passed into the hands of the Della Scala family, then became part of the Venetian Republic and the seat of the "Captain of the lake". The town subsequently became a part of the Lombard-Veneto Kingdom. After the Third War of Independence in 1866, it was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy. Malcesine was already a tourist spot before World War I, but it was only after the construction of the Gardesana Orientale road and the lake front that the tourism industry flourished and consequently triggered an authentic economic boom at the end of the fifties.
Inside is a natural history museum with simulations of prehistoric times in the area and the old powder storage area, built by the Austrians, has been dedicated to the poet Goethe and features his notes and sketches.
J. W. Goethe and Malcesine
September 13, 1786: J.W. Goethe travelled by boat from Torbole (extreme north east of Lago di Garda) to Malcesine. This is what he wrote in his "Journey in Italy": "Rowing was impossible against the strong wind, so we were forced to land at Malcesine. This is the first Venetian village on the eastern shore of the lake ... I want to take full advantage of this stop, especially to draw the castle beside the lake, which is a good subject. I made a sketch today when I passed in front of it."
An entry made the following day: "As usual, I spent some time at the old castle which is open to all because it lacks windows and doors and has no custodian or guards. In the castle courtyard I sat in front of the tower built upon a rock. I found a cozy place to draw, sitting near a closed door three or four steps above the ground..."
Fondest memory: A delightful stroll along the waterfront. Any faster pace would be sacrilege and would surely detract from the pleasantness of the affair. Despite the biting winds necessitating the need for my ever-present all-encompassing parka, nothing could detract from the tranquility enhanced by the lapping water on the rocky shore.
I really hadn't planned on spending much time at all in Desenzano. Actually, I hadn't even planned to stop there. Then again, I really hadn't planned anything.
Fondest memory: However, with my cat's curiousity I was tempted by the domes and medieval towers peeping above the more immediate buildings and I walked on into the vias of Desenzano.
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
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!
And this is our lake, please enjoy it! ;)
It's quite big and have alot of nice locations around... To go around you can take boats or you can take the road with ur car if you have.. The roads are sloopy, attention.. And there are alot of ppl having bike ride and motorcycling..