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Italy's Largest Lake

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A June 2000 trip to Lake Garda by Barb B

Lago  di Garda Photo, Lake Garda, Italy More Photos
Quote: The largest of Italy's lakes, Lake Garda is the most oriented to tourism. The rich soil and mild climate encourage an abundance of wildlife and flora. Cedars, olives, lemon and palm trees flourish and the Gorgeous shoreline offers pristine beaches. Numerous ancient castles dot the hillsides.

Italy's Largest Lake

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Lago di Garda Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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The largest of Italy's lakes, Lake Garda is the most oriented to tourism. The rich soil and mild climate encourage an abundance of wildlife and flora. Cedars, olives, lemon and palm trees flourish and the Gorgeous shoreline offers pristine beaches. Numerous ancient castles dot the hillsides. The cablecar ride to Monte Baldo provides magnificent views of Lake Garda and the mountains beyond. The town of Torbole has a popular resort beach and is truly a windsurfer's paradise. The long peninsula of Sirmione with its marvelous castle and moat are only exceeded by the views from the Grotte di Catullo. Wine tasting in Bardolino and a visit to the wine museum were of partic...Read More

Gardaland Amusement Park

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Attraction | "Gardaland"

Gardaland Amusement Park Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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Italy's answer to Disneyland the Gardaland Amusement Park was worth a stop, even though we had no children with us. With over 40 rides and water slides it is one of Italy's largest amusement parks. Topiary and gardens provided pleasant walks and the water rides with lots of splashes gave us relief from the 95+ degree August temperatures. Rides were crowded since this was the peak of the tourist (and local holiday) seasons. Don't compare Gardaland with Disneyland... it is nowhere as big, ornate or commercial as Disneyland; yet it still provided a fun activity for four aging Americans who still enjoy a pleasant Amusement Park. The grounds were VERY CLEAN! The children we...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2000

Gardaland Amusement Park
9 km North of Peschiera del Garda
Lake Garda, Italy

Bardolino

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Attraction | "The Wine-making town of Bardolino"

Bardolino Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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Since we are wine-lovers from California's Napa Valley, a trip to the famous wine country of Bardolino was a necessary stop. The wine, though unremarkable, is famous and this is the biggest summer resort area on the lake. Apart from giving its name to the red wine produced here, Bardolino houses a number of wonderful artisan shops and historic remains. There are two handsome Romanesque churches and this is also a lively nightspot for Lake Visitors. The chapel of San Zeno was built during the Carolingian Empire with frescoes of the period and is situated near the entry of the city. We also visited the San Severo Church from the 12th century, and were greeted by "La Donna vecchia con ...Read More

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Bardolino
A249 on the Eastern side of the Lake
Lake Garda, Italy

Desenzano

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Attraction | "Desenzano-Sculptures evreywhere"

Desenzano Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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Close to the Southern end of the Lake, is the historic and monumental city of Desenzano. Marked with numerous Sculptures--both ancient and Modern molded from all ilk and variety, innovative and lovely artistic representations. The city has a tiny inner harbor, which welcomes all, and displays numerous Military Monuments, constant reminders of Italy's plight for independence. When Italians speak of "the Big War" they are not speaking of World War II, but are talking of the War for Independence with Austria. -- Therefore, you will l see many monuments and references to Quatro de Novembre or the 4th of November (the date of Italy’s independence from Austria). The presence of a rail...Read More

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Desenzano
Italy
Lake Garda, Italy

Limone Sul Garda

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Attraction | "The town of Limone Sul Garda"

Limone Sul Garda Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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The picturesque town of Limone sul Garda lies just 6 miles south of Riva on the Western shore of Lake Garda. Limone takes its name from the fruit of the abundant lemon trees nearby. It is one of the more lively towns on the Lake and was once praised by D. H. Lawrence. Steep cobble stoned streets snake downward through narrow passageways to the shop and beach areas below. Snuggled close to the lake at the bottom of the narrow road, Limone's shops, hotels and restaurants all support magnificent views of the majestic mountains and the lake. There are 2.5 miles of beachfront from which you can bathe, sail or windsurf. For sports enthusiasts, tennis courts, soccer fields and a wide var...Read More

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Limone Sul Garda
Limone Sul Garda, West side of Lago di Garda
Lake Garda, Italy

Lazise

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Attraction | "The walled town of Lazise"

Lazise Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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The walled town of Lazise was once a very significant naval town and the Venetians maintained a powerful presence here. A critical trading outlet during the 12th century this colorful harbor served as the major Venetian port on Lake Garda. As we entered the walls of the city, we saw colorful frescoes and intricately carved statues imbedded in the sides of the walls. The Scaliger castle and the Venetian Customhouse both survive from 14th century and stand proudly on the quay. Today, the castle is privately owned and linked with the olds customs house they make an attractive corner of the lake. We especially enjoyed the colorful walk-up bars, which we found here. Check out some of t...Read More

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Lazise
Lazise, East side of Lake Garda
Lake Garda, Italy