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LAKE GARDA- A tourist magnet

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An April 2004 trip to Lake Garda by Drever

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Quote: As a holiday destination, Lake Garda offers sports, relaxation, and exploration. The romantic city of Verona and the surreal city of Venice are within easy traveling distance. The area is rich in ancient heritage, architectural beauty, and it offers the joys of both the lowlands and highlands.

Best Western Hotel Oliveto

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Hotel

Best Western Hotel Oliveto Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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Sittings in a residential area of villas and small apartment blocks among the greenery of old olive groves, the Best Western Hotel Oliveto offers peace and quietness. It also offers long walks, as it is 500m northwest of Desenzano’s centre. Even the nearest bus stop is 200m away and the hotel doesn’t run a courtesy coach. To reach the lake, a walk of around 250m down the road is necessary because of buildings along the lakefront. The hotel is a boxy, four-story terracotta coloured building with white trim and protruding balconies. A pretentious canopy shades the entrance from...Read More

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Best Western Hotel Oliveto
Via Lungolago C Battisti
Lake Garda, Italy
030-991-1919

Lake Garda

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Attraction

Lake Garda Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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Cold, white, and glistening, the ice pressed down, creeping down the valley while carrying rock, earth, and boulders in its frozen maw. In retreat, the glacier dumped its spoils, filled the crevasse with water, and Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, twinkled in the sunlight. Formed like a club, its handle stretches up into the Alps. Over five million tourists explore it yearly. Visiting in July, I expected Lake Garda to be heaving with tourists, but the large area and day trips to the cities of Verona, Venice, Florence, and to the Dolomite mountains absorbed them easily. Gazing across Lake Garda from the town of Desenzano on its southwest bank, the view resembles the "bonny, bonny bank...Read More

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Lake Garda
Italy
Lake Garda, Italy

Desenzano

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Attraction | "Lake Garda’s bustling town Desenzano"

Desenzano Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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On the southwestern corner of the lake by a natural basin, Desenzano is not so obviously touristy as towns on the eastern lakeside. It is however, Lake Garda’s largest town with a population of 23,000 and is loved by Italians holidaymakers. It is pleasurable to sit at an open-air table outside a café down by the old pier in a warm summer’s evening and watch the thronging people. The Italians dressed in dazzling outfits are forever flirting in their light-hearted way. The town sitting back from the lake is steep, as my aching legs testified during the climb to the railway station, which lies on the main Venice to Milan railway line. The good transport links on both land and water had at...Read More

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Desenzano
Italy
Lake Garda, Italy

Sirmione

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Attraction | "Garda's mysterious Sirmione"

Sirmione Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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The lake sparkled as our ferry made the short crossing to Sirmione sitting out on its narrow 4km promontory. I had viewed it from Desenzano and wondered what delights it contained – now, all would be revealed. We landed close to Rocca Scaligera, a fairy-tale castle with boxy turreted towers and almost surrounded by water. The Veronese Scaligeri family had built it in the thirteenth century when they ruled Garda. Such an intriguing building needed immediate investigation. Inside there had to be period costumes, weapons, and other historical artifacts. We found only a dug out 9- long canoe dredged from the lake bottom. The views from the battlements proved panoramic but didn’t justify the entranc...Read More

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Sirmione
Lake Garda, Italy
Lake Garda, Italy

Verona

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Attraction | "Romantic Verona"

Verona Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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It's not just its setting between the blue gaze of Lake Garda, the green expanse of the plains, and the soft profiles of Mount Baldo and the Lessini Mountains; neither is it just because of its magnificent Roman ruins and its mellow medieval and Renaissance buildings that makes Verona a city of romance. It is the setting for Shakespeare's plays Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentleman of Verona. The Casa di Giulietta of 13th century design with its famed first-floor, boxy stone balcony stands at the end of Via Mazzini, Verona’s stylish shopping street. The balcony looks out over a small courtyard containing the much-photographed "Juilet" statue. Shiny areas are due to males giving her boob a rub ...Read More

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Verona
Italy
Lake Garda, Italy

Venice

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Attraction | "Surreal Venice"

Venice Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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Appearing to float on its calm, blue lagoon, Venice, with its antique buildings, is surreal and dreamlike. Sunlight shimmering on the water and silvery mist softens perspectives. Its landmarks, the Basilica di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale, are exotic mixtures of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance styles. Venice reached its zenith in the 15th and 16th centuries and then began a prolonged decline in power and wealth. Now the splendid monuments recall a fabled past, but are heading for a watery grave. High tides invade the lower parts of the city and bubble up into Piazza San Marco. However, Venetians have mastered the art of living well in their singular city. You'll see them going about thei...Read More

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Venice
Italy
Lake Garda, Italy