In ancient times the normal means of transport in the area was only the boat. The northern part of the lake was not accessible by road from the south. The both roads along all the lake are quite new constructions and apparently not yet really finished, at least the Gardesana Occidentale (running at the Western, the Lombardian side) The Gardesana Orientale at the Eastern (Veneto) side has tunnels only in the northernmost part close to the Trentino- Veneto frontier but a considerable part of the Western Gardesana follows the lake in tunnels but offers between them wonderful views.
This is the biggest ruins area from the Roman period in Northern Italy, entire peninsula of SIrmione is a source of archeological findings, but Grotte di Catullo are considered the most beautiful, and the biggest anyway. There are the remains of an ancient Roman villa, as the verses of the Roman poet Catullo who lived there and this was his home, inspired by this place.
In Sirmione there are big terme, so let aside the bad smell of sulphur :) but enjoy the beauty of the hot water, on a sunny winter day, where everything around you is freezing and you;re swimming in the open air pool, that is smoking! The water is quite hot, but it is very pleasurable!
When approaching the lake from north it is seen for the first time between Nago and Torbole and this is for most first time visitors the first authentic "Italian" impression, a landscape with hills with olive trees and a mediterranean vegetation and all this air and smells which are completing the impression of now really being in Italy, an impression the areas on Italian territory north of it in South Tirol never can give you, because it does not look Italian there at all, despite of Summer temperatures sometimes considerably higher than here at the lake. And when coming by car this way you should stop at this parking and leave the car for some minutes to become sure that you are now definitely arrived in real Italy.
The shore around the lake is very well preserved and decorated, it's arranged for long walks, with lots of benches, beaches and viewpooints, as well as docks, gardens and flowers. There are also palms and olives, typical for Mediterranean vegetation, but as you can see, Italian lakes are full fo them as well!
Inside the stronghold, water is very still. It seems that right under the walls of the bastion there is not much water, which allow reeds to grow. I a sure that these guys on the small boat are fishing eels as they must be very happy in such a place.
This pretty yellow-orange mansion stands on a small square in the middle of the old city. Several stone-carved slabs remind the part it took in the history of Peschiera. It is the Palazzo dei Provveditori, built in 1440. From this square, there is a superb view on the old Austrian barracks.
First thing we did was to jump on this Flying thing to have a good look over whole Gardaland. Just to get the feeling where things are and how big it is. Slow rising up to 50 meters with slow rotation. Very unadventurous, the whole thing is wide, has benches for sitting away from the edge and high fence. But still might be unsuitable for people with vertigo problem.
This ride is even scarier than Magic Mountain, but my elder daughter went for it 3 times! Her daddy joined her on a first ride, and the picture they offer you to buy after you get off was so hilarious, I don't want to embarrass my hubby by publishing it here : )))
Lovely amusing ride through water, you sit in a log-shaped canoe and get sprinkled while falling down some steep mountain side.
There is so much water splashing around you, and you expect to get wet all over, but the whole thing is so well designed just to make you feel that way + you get a few drops to enhance the experience. Very clever.
As you can see on this picture, long lines are part of Gardaland experience. We were lucky to jump into this ride without waiting so long - it was early morning on our second day.
Show on ice, superb performance, we saw "Mary Poppins" (one of my favorite tales) and it was great fun, plus spending some time in a cold place was so refreshing.
They also have “Cinderella” show, both are being performed few times/day - check at the Info office while buying tickets for Dolphin show.
This was such a special experience.
So gentle, oldfashioned and amusing.
These lovely dogs perform all sorts of tricks, they dance and even crack jokes!
I'm sure they are enjoying themselves, they were so eager to perform, little tails wiggling, no barking, just so much positive energy!
Nostalgic, romantic, relaxing.
After all those exciting adventures, my girls were enjoying themselves on this marry-go-round for quite some time. I would have joined them, the ride is open for adults, too, but my neck was terribly hurting from that rollercoaster ride, every movement was painful. This one would be so much better for me. Next time.
Superb 3D moving theater adventure!
First the entrance hall with TV monitors showing "Breaking News" about recent discovery of one island inhabited by dinosaurs … join the expedition if you dare.
You get those 3D glasses and sit in a cinema-like theater.
It’s just that safety pole they lower on you that makes you wander what's coming next …
Simulator moves the whole audience perfectly, you actually feel as if flying or falling or being bumped by monster's tail! Really!
And some horrific insect buzzing towards you will make you scream!
The chimneys on the Austrian barracks are impressive and each of them is a small building with a tile covered roof and standing bricks that make efficient chimneys. Each region has its own style of chimneys, following the weather conditions. When I will have enough photos of different chimneys, I will try to build a “chimneys of the world” page !
This hotel is ideally located right on the lakeside, between the small mooring harbour and the ferry...more
Via Zanardelli, 3, 25080, Italy
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