Brenzone, Lago di Garda
Midweek, I was laying in the sunshine, the only sound being the water lapping against the pebble beach, and a family of swans 'honking' as they floated by.
The sun was sparkling on the lake, and the mountains for once weren't covered by cloud
I had a picnic with me - olives, nuts, fresh bread rolls, a juicy tomato, a lump of locally produced cheese, and a slab of thin crisp biscuit/ cracker flavoured with olives - all bought that morning from the local shops. I'd also got some cold meats that I'd purchased in Padua the previous day and a small tub of marinaded salad - Bliss!!
A good book, and my favourite tunes on my Mp3 player - Life doesn't get much better!
(Ok - George Clooney being on hand to apply my sun lotion would have been perfect! - and being able to attain the Italian sense of style when sunbathing - no matter what age, size or shape - the Signoras always look cool and relaxed)
There are hotels nearby for cooling drinks/ toilets etc
At the weekend, the beach was a bit busier, with families gathering to chat and eat together
The beach is pebbly, and there are slippery rocks in the lake, so wear jellies etc. if paddling
Brenzone is a district of Lake Garda, which is made up of about 16 villages and hamlets, that sit between the lakes shores and the foot of Mount Baldo. Some of the villages are situated higher up the mountain side.
The villages of Brenzone are quite charming, many untouched by tourism.
Visitors come to Brenzone to enjoy its tranquility and scenery. Its paths up Mount Baldo attract hikers and mountain bikers as well as those interested in the flora and fauna of the region.
Wind surfing, kayakking, sail boarding and yachting are also popular sports.
If You just want to relax, there are small beaches to enjoy sunbathing and swimming.
There are a few churches, a castle and an abandoned medieval village
Restaurants serve local specialities, particularly fish from the lake. Sardines and eel are particularly renowned.
Hotels and camping sites offer a place to stay away from the bustle of some of the larger resorts.
This area of Lake Garda is famous for its Olive Oil production, and is known as the Olive Riviera. There is an olive oil museum in Brenzone, and an annual olive oil festival is held in November
Brenzone can be reached easily by road. Its nearest train station is Peschiera (37km away), and the nearest airport is Verona or Bergamo. Ferries run to other towns on the Lake, but aren't as regular as some routes to the more popular resorts.
Market day is Tuesday