Italy, of my favorite countries, rich in culture, tradition and magnificent architecture, not forgetting of course about endless stunning landscapes. Every city, village and building has it own story that need to be told.
I would like to share my adventure with you and write about Lake Garda, in northern Italy, known for its crystal clear water. The largest lake in Italy. If you flying, the closest International Airport is Orio al Serio, however you can fly to Milan, spend two days there first and then rent a car (which I highly advise) and drive to Lake Garda which will take around 2 hrs. If you decide it to drive make sure you have plenty of change with you as on motorway you will require to pay toll and not everywhere cards are accepted.
As shown on the map all of the provinces that you should see, and as mentioned earlier its much easier to do it, while you drive. It gives you freedom to stop wherever you want and explore each enchanted little town.
I will start from my favorite, which is Sirmione (one of the lake’s prettiest spots) a resort town on the southern bank of Lake Garda, in northern Italy. It’s known for its thermal baths and Rocca Scaligera, a medieval castle overlooking the lake. Set at the tip of a peninsula, the Archaeological Site of Grotte di Catullo encompasses a Roman villa, a museum and olive trees. Just below the ruins is the rocky Jamaica Beach. The church of San Pietro in Mavino is adorned with frescoes.
This place is absolutely magical, one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. By entering Scaligero castel you walk into this magnificent little village full of character. You will find yourself in center of pubs, restaurants, shops, beautiful gardens beach you can use it. You can also hire a boat for around 15 euros and see the sunset in the middle of the lake, very romantic experience. Well, rumor has it that Sirmione apparently is George Clooney’s one of the favorite places, and I am not surprised. If you are there please don’t miss it!
Lake Garda is the most visited of the Italian lakes, and during summer season it get thoroughly jammed. Personally, the best months to travel are April-June and then September- to early November. Regarding prices… ££££ not the cheapest one, still very much worth it!
Other places you should see while traveling around lake Garda: Salo, located on western shore of the lake, elegant old streets great for shopping and good lunch( I mean sea food ). Salo famously gave its name to Mussolini’s Repubblica di Salo, a puppet regime established for his last 18 months in power. Also: Gargnano, Limone sul Garda, Riva del Garda, Torbole, Malcesine, Garda and Peschera.
There are only two words to described it, Romeo & Juliet the most famous tragic love story of our times, written no one else by Shakespeare himself. And that will be the first place I will direct you to Juliet’s House know as Casa di Giulietta. This 13th century palazzo is the main symbol of Verona. Originally a simple building but then a balcony was added to meet the demands of tourists. Also there is a statue of Juliet in the courtyard below the balcony. Rumor has it that if you touch the right breast of Juliet supposedly you will meet a new lover. Well, I’m not going to tell you if that is true or not, you will need to find out for yourself 😉 Maybe, it is only a fiction but what wouldn’t we do to met the true love…….
Verona is located only 12 miles east from Lake Garda, one of the most important Roman towns in Northern Italy. City that not only was the main communication link between central Italy and Europe. Verona flourished under the Della Scala family for over a century and became prosperous place and the town Center, rich in architecture from different eras.
Places worth to see: The Duomo – The Romanesque Cathedral, San’t Anastasia – Gothic Church, Torre dei Lamberti- 840m high tower, Piazza delle Erbe – Roman forum at first then a market, Teatro Romano, The Arena and Sun Fermo, two churches in one.
What ever you decide to do enjoy this beautiful and romantic City! Let me know if you have fell in love with it as much as I did!… I hope my blog will help you to explore, if you have any questions let me know. Ciao!!
Little tip; Learn few words in Italian like Grazie etc. Italian people are very kind and I assure you they are even nicer when they see you trying speak Italian.