Lake Garda Trip October 2018
So, I decided to travel to and spend a week in Limone Sul Garda with some friends of mine. The trip was a much needed holiday, but also a chance to take Panoramic Canvas to Italy and capture a small part of the Italian culture. Rather than detail what we got up to day by day for the entire week, I have detailed a brief summary of only the main 3 days that I managed to fit in a mixture of cultural sightseeing and a chance to take photos.
Having previously walked the majority of the mountains in the English Lake District, it was a refreshing change of pace to be able to do the same, but in the lower Alps. It goes without saying, everything is so much larger; the lakes, the mountains and of course the views.
The first day in Limone Sul Garda involved walking from the hotel we were staying in and wandering through the town and along the lake shore. The lake shore walk provides you with stunning views across the lake towards the foot of the alps, with Monte Baldo and Malcesine on the other side of the lake.
It wasn’t long before we stumbled across Limonaia del Castèl. This stunning hidden museum was worth a visit. Stunning views back across the lake and Limone Sul Garda, with planted terraces for you to climb and look at the Lemon trees.
Having wandered through the town, we decided to be a bit more daring (having sat on a plane all morning) and wander higher up. We rambled along a beautiful stream until we reached La Milanesa. We had some local lager and some delicious pizza and lasagne. Cant recommended this place enough. You can sit on chairs looking across the lake, sat amongst London Plane trees surrounded by mountains.
We then decided to walk up into the mountains to get higher in search of some views of the lake as a whole. The walk ended up taking 4 hours, and we hadn’t exactly planned for such a walk. The weather was sunny and the views amazing. Sadly, in the footwear we had initially set off for a gentle ramble in, we didn’t make it the 2000m up to the top.
Today we decided to get up earlier, wander along the lake shore and take a short boat trip from Limone Sul Garda to Malcesine. From here, we got the cable car to the top of Monte Baldo. The whole experience was great. The ride up in the cable car is an experience in its self. Stunning views on the way up, and from the top (some 1700m up) you can see right across the mountains in every direction. The alps to the north, and a larger view of Lake Garda from the top. Well worth the visit and the experience. We had a beer and some local cuisine at the rustic chalet style bar/restaurant at the top. Definitely a must having scaled the mountain.
When we went back down the mountain on the cable car, we decided to wander around the lake side in Malcesine before getting the last boat back to Limone. The views from the boat, back into the mountains and the rugged lake shore, with the also looming either side. What a day and what views.
We decided that we fancied a more relaxed day. When in Lake Garda, you must rent a car to travel around. Its well worth it, and the freedom to explore…well that’s priceless. For those who haven’t been before, the lake features many lengthy tunnels through the foots of the mountains which surround the lake. The experience driving within the tunnels it one not to be missed. Compared to English tunnels, we didn’t know you could have multiple tunnels within a tunnel. We drove through the mountains and ended up at a thermal spa we had found. You will not be disappointed. It is called Thermal Park Del Garda, at Villa Dei Cedri. Here is the link: http://www.villadeicedri.it. We stayed enjoying the thermal spa pool, whirlpools and rocky cave with waterfall and jets for a good 3 hours. We haven’t ever had an experience like it. So relaxing, so different, and definitely worth a visit.
We then drove back and stopped in at Lazise. This is a medieval town with castle and fortified walls. We walked the streets and small marina, exploring and absorbing the fine Italian atmosphere and hustle and bustle of people enjoying the scenery and restaurants. You can find out more here: http://www.tourism.verona.it/en/our-land/lago-di-garda/lazise.
We enjoyed a fantastic meal at Ristorante Al Castello: http://www.famigliabozzini.it. Amazing food, beer, service and stunning scenery, tucked on a side street within the fortified walls.