Great bunch of VT-ers on VT-meeting! Great local wines and local Italian food including delicious "Tortellini di Valeggio", great choice of restaurants, very old castle, church, famous gardens,...
too short a stay :-( Missed the bellydancing!
The world suddenly became a nice place to live!!!
Outstanding beauty !This park is really worth a visit, it is an historical park where culture and nature mix in harmony.Napoleon 3 used it as its headquarters in 1859, whist the park in itself was established back in 1617Different flowers can be seen flowering in different seasons such as tulips, irises, roses and lilies. You can either visit the...more
Saint Peter's Church (the Chiesa di San Pietro in Cattedra) is located in the center/downtown of Valeggio sul Mincio, short walk from Cacciatore hotel. I saw the church or better to say its upper part for the first time from the top of the castle hill when it was charmingly lighted by orange sunset light. On the last day we walked to visit famous...more
The huge front facade of St. Peter's church looks rather simple, although it is the most decorative part of the whole edifice. Too small front steps, white large entrance with a semicircular window above, transverse pattern of bricks/stones in the lower part and vertical one in the upper part, and finally too flat roof topped with white holy cross...more
Via Bastia, 14, Valeggio Sul Mincio, 37067, it
Good for: Couples
On saturday 7 may we had lunch in a typical restaurant in Sommacampagna.Le Mistral is a very nice place. Inside it looks like an old house. There are also some rooms to let there.We had lasagna, pasta, meat, vegetables and some delicious sweets. Everything was well prepared. Pasta, ham, homemade sweets.more
There are four similar bars, run probably by the same company, in the Sigurta Gardens. We tried that one in northeastern part of the gardens. It was nothing fancy, never: just an ugly kiosk with plastic tables and chairs put on a grass with no umbrella to protect consumer against sun. And we had to wait in a line a few minutes. They offered limited...more
Italy is surely a wine country, not a beer country. But beer is more and more popular and Italy itself is a producer of beer. Let me introduce the best beer I tried and remember. Well, I have to try next ones including: - Birra Moretti (4.6 % alc. pale lager), Birra Moretti La Rossa (7,2% alc. bock) by Birra Moretti (Heineken) in Udine- Super du...more
Hotel bar of Cacciatore hotel offered good choice of spirits, selected local wines and some beer. Although there was no constant barman/bartender (temporarily I caught this job) it was a very busy place at first night of the meeting (the second night we were in Verona).If you like or accept a little bit sweet medium strong spirits try local...more
It was brilliant idea of Barbara (BarbaraForza on VT) to take a walk to Borghetto at dusk.Matcrazy0 and I enjoyed a lot our supper in San Marco restaurant in very picturesque Borghetto a day before official VT-meeting. We enjoyed both very good Italian food and, first of all, our great, international, company and amuzing talks. Well, we had never...more
Those VT-ers who were addicted to smoking (minority) had to go outside Cacciatore hotel. Well, I had a few nice smoking breaks during the first night of the VT-meeting in the hotel. The last break was somewhen after 2.00 pm and my only company was this guy in white, on the picture, from hotel VT-staff. Well, we didn't talk a lot as I could't speak...more
Whenever you want to visit the best known attraction of Veleggio sul Mincio that is Sugurta Gardens (Parco Giardino Sigurta) follow direction signs and look for this sign, on my picture, put by the entrance.ENTRANCEThe huge park is located north of Valeggio center, on the western side of the road Mantova - Peschiera del Garda. The entrance (and...more
When I visited Sigurta Gardens on sunny Sunday in May, only motorcycles (there were tenths) were allowed to park just by the entrance to the park. Cars and buses were directed to the parking lots located northwards by the main road SS249 to Lago di Garda (Peschiera del Garda). At some days, especially on Sunday, if the weather is good, there is a...more
Sigurta gardens are large, over 3 kilometers long and almost 1 kilometer wide. If you want to take a quick, first look at most of the gardens or visit the gardens with kids take a little train, on my picture, which starts next to the entrance. The 7 km train ride takes 30 min. but, notice: there are no stops. It costs € 2.50 each person; free for...more
Strong alcoholic drinks are available in both most local groceries and chain food supermarkets in Italy. It's not, say, Scandinavia or the USA with limited number of, sometimes open, liquor stores. Prime Uve is well-known pure grape distillate (alcoholic content: 40° alc.; 80° proof) produced by the Distillery Bonaventura Maschio in Gaiarine,...more
It's my strong recommendation to buy and taste local wine wherever you are in Italy. Often inexpensive wine (skip the cheapest) tastes surprisngly great! They are available in both... souvenir shops, chain supermarkets (not my recommendation: less choice of LOCAL wines there, noone to ask anything, and some wines maybe too long stored there,...more
While I drive a long way (quite often during my trips) I like to eat some snacks, at least from time to time. So, in each visited country, I hardly look for local, inexpensive and good snacks. In Valeggio each local grocery offered similar snacks, both local and pan-European ones including a few kinds of Italian fagolosi = breadsticks. My...more
Most (all?) old churches I saw in northern Italy had single or usually 2 towers which were bell towers (sometimes seperate tower) or by its large, impressive size had to underline the power of church and God.It works different in St. Peter's parish church in Valeggio. The tower is relatively thin and oddly short. There are loudspeakers instead of...more
Look at the side door of St. Peter's parish church on my picture. It seems that the ground level was approx. half of meter (yard) higher in 18th century were the church was built. Usually it works opposite way: the ground level rises through centuries and hides the lowest parts of edificies, at least in Poland. Does it work different way in...more
On Sunday midday there were more visitors to famous and huge Sigurta Gardens than citizens of of Valeggio sul Mincio, I am sure. Many of them, especially locals, like these women with kids, on my picture, were doing nothing. Surely, doing nothing is favourite activity of quite many folks, not only in Sigurta Gardens in Valeggio sul Mincio. Well,...more
When we finally arrived to Cacciatore hotel in the evening 2 days before the meeting started, we first were offered a room in a different building of the hotel. It had one double bed :-). But matcrazy0 wanted to stay in the main building where breakfast was served on the ground floor (she is a fan of breakfasts :-). So, we finally got a room with...more
There is rental (noleggio) of both golf-carts and bicycles located opposite to the entrance to Sigurta gardens. Sweet mother of Giampiero (giampiero6) wanted to hire a golf-cart but he got to know that waiting time to get a golf-cart was approx. two and half an hour. Well, it was busy midday on sunny Sunday in May, the busiest time for the gardens,...more
There is a warning sign, on my picture, put in one of ponds of Sigurta Gardens. The warning is written in four languages: Italian, German, English and French but the French part is sunk, thus mostly below the water level and may be read exclusively by fish.The warning says: Please do not throw bread, food or other objects into the water. Keep in...more
No way, if you came to the VT-meeting you had to meet that crazy guy. Hmm... he used to:
- take thousands pictures (his God is his camera)
- put up monster pages on VT
- drink too much and not water (well, rarely but... you are warned...)
- snore after too much wine or beer (never too much during the VT-meetings, as for now, though)
- send many postcards (he used to insist you to sign them all + additionally sign his flag!) with unacceptable delay though
- smoke cigarettes (Marlboro brr...)
- he has many fatal addictions: to VT, to travel, to take pictures, to drive long way, to one woman, to his old - update needed :-( - VT-passport picture (taken in Malta in 1996, 20 kilograms back)... OK, enough... he definetely needs a good doctor, do you know any? :-)
Unique Suggestions: Well, be careful and try to accept his addictions. At first try to drink a beer (warning: he knows a lot of beers) or wine (choose good one, he is not a wine conneisseur and will be impressed if you choose good one) with him. I am sure he will not refuse you unless he has to drive a car. Do not start discussion with him on politics, never...
Fun Alternatives: Sorry, no alternative :-(. Eventually you could call to his boss him to change opinion and not to give him days off for the meeting.
Take a tripod for your camera if you want to take beautiful pictures of Scaligero Castle at night. Hmm... I left my tripod at a hotel and... the result is well seen on my picture :-(.If you don't have a tripod yet, buy one. More:SLIK tripods (Japan)MANFROTTO tripods (Italy)about tripods on photo.netmore
We took some food and mineral water to our car for full day trips around Lake Garda. Thus we were not forced to look for restaurants for lunch and we saved some time and €€€. Haha... did anyone notice that we took (4 daily!) these packed sweet buns, on my picture, from our buffet breakfast in Cacciatore hotel... add mineral water from our hotel...more
I can't say that Valeggio sul mincio is a city of flowers. Most space in town center is asphalted but there is some green space outside and in small yards among mostly 2-store houses. Few locals created beautiful gardens in their small backyards. Despite it's Italy, not the Netherlands, tulips are among most popular flowers in Valeggio sul Mincio....more
One of the best biking paths we've encountered in Italy lies along the Mincio river, between Peschiera at Lake Garda, south to Mantova. We've only done the stretch from Lake Garda to Valeggio, this is about 15 km, nice level surface and well paved. The area is a national Park and the path is well maintained. The ride up to the Castle and Valeggio...more
In front of Cacciatore hotel, from the left, standing:1. Roberto (ARoman) from Rome, Italy2. Carolina (piccolina) from Como, Italy3. Firas (dr.firas) from Europe (France; Italy soon?)4. Sara (Sarita76) from Rome, Italy;sitting:5. Paola (paoseo) from Trieste, Italy6. Meta (MetaMihelcic) from Ljubljana, Slovenia.more