Lake Garda Journals

A Land Where the Lemon Trees Flower

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A travel journal to Lake Garda by Praskipark

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Quote: Some of my favourite places on the eastern shores of Lake Garda. Part of a round trip of all the Italian Lakes during the summer of 2007.

Bardolino

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Attraction | "A Town Flooded in Red Wine"

Bardolino Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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Bardolino is situated at the centre of a wine region famed for its delicious light reds, as you can judge for yourself at one or more of the numerous tastings along the Strada del Vino, which makes its well-signposted way past 54 different vineyards. Highlights of the town of Bardolino include the 12th century Romanesque church of San Severo (open daily 9am-6pm) with its mighty campanile. The renditions of courtly battles, the Passion and the Apocalypse are amaizingly lifelike. Beyond the high altar, the crypt has been excavated to reveal an earlier Lombard structure. The 9th century chapel of San Zeno is tucked away in a courtyard: the building dates from the 9th century, and is one of the oldest ...Read More

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

Garda

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Attraction | "A Very Small Town in the Northern Lakes"

Garda Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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The small town of Garda is much appreciated for its medieval streets, trendy boutiques and elegant lake promenade and as it is situated on the eastern shore of one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in this area then its streets automatically receive millions of foreign visitors each year. Garda takes its name from the Longobardic ‘Warte’ or fortress. As well as being one of the lake’s most beautiful towns, it is possibly the oldest. The Rocca di Garda, a 294 metre high rocky plateau, stands above the town like an over sized tower. Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths, had a fortress built on top of it in the 5th century, but a few foundation walls are all that remain of it today. The ...Read More

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Riva del Garda

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Attraction | "Tradition and Elegance - you Can't Beat it!"

Garda Photo, Italy, Europe
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Tradition and elegance are the two most striking characteristics of Riva del Garda. It has a population of approximately 15,000 people and is situated at the northern end of Lake Garda in the Lombardy region of Italy. This is where the reflections of the steep foothills of the Alps shimmer in the turquoise water. Reminders of the town's Roman origins are still visible in the old walls, whilst the old town's medieval tangle of tiny streets is flanked by the spectacular lakeside promenade. Riva has long been a favourite of writers and poets. Goethe called it a 'miracle of nature', and was followed here by Stendhal, Kafka and Thomas Mann.As part of Habsburg Austria from 1813-1918, Riva del Ga...Read More

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Sirmione

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Attraction | "A Fairy Tale Town in Lombardy"

Sirmione Photo, Lake Garda, Italy
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The town of Sirmione situated in the Lombardy region of Italy is like something out of a fairy tale. It lies at the end of a flat, 4km long peninsula which widens at the end to form three rocky crags rising from the brilliant blue of the water.The bright colours of the flowers, and the green of the olives, laurels and cypresses, combine with the red of the rooftops and the soft light to create a unique Mediterranean atmosphere, all of it set against the incomparable beauty of the high Alps in the distance.The old centre can either be reached along the peninsula road, with its hotels and supermarkets, or more romantically by boat from Desenzano. The first sight that strikes visi...Read More

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Sirmione
Lake Garda, Italy
Lake Garda, Italy

Malcesine

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Attraction | "A Touch of Class on the Riviera degli Olivi"

Malcesine Photo, Malcesine, Italy
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Malcesine is situated on the Riviera degli Olivi, a stretch of lake shore where high alpine scenery gently gives way to its Mediterranean equivalent, complete with olive trees. This former fishing village now lives exclusively from tourism but, unlike many other communities, it has managed to preserve much of its ancient charm.The mighty Scaligeri family from Verona, who once ruled this town like the Viscontis before them and the Venetians after them, left a magnificent monument behind: the Scaligeri Castle (Rocca Scaligeri). Built originally in the 13th century, the castle's present form dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries.Today the panorama from the top of the 33 metre ...Read More

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