"Lake Garda - Lago di Garda" Lago di Garda by panduro1972
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It was our first visit to Bardolino, having stayed at the top end of Lake Garda in previous years.
Bardolino is a beautiful traditional town that had no sign of 'compromising' to attract more visitors ----- no sign of British pubs / anything offering British food etc etc. It was pure Italian.
The buildings are stunning and the small harbour relaxing and quaint.
It is really easy to catch the local ferries to other surrounding towns - Garda, Lasize and Sirmione to name a few - and quite cheap (£4 return to Sirmione)
If you're keen you can also walk to Garda - about 3 kms - and Lasize - about 4 kms - across the lake side path.
The town buzzes at night - lots fo people strolling and enjoying the outdoor concerts. Its not a party / disco place so not the place for anyone looking for that sort of entertainment.
The resort was idyllic and picturesque. Perfect for alfresco dining, with many excellent restaurants, bars and cafes. We arrived the evening before the annual wine festival, which was great timing . We sampled lovely wine and heard a great variety of music. On the last evening there was a fantastic firework display - well worth seeing. The scenery was magnificent; people friendly; food and wine very good and transport links good on and off the lake. It was definitely one of our favourite holidays and we will return.
All in all a lovely (real) traditional piece of Italy!
I also found some useful info at www.lake-garda-hotels.net
This beautiful lake has many attractions for tourists: a mild climate, beautiful and varied scenery, ranging from the rolling hills at the aouthern end to sort of fiords at the northern end. Further more, man-made attractions are being constantly developed. There are a number of amusement parks and sporting grounds, and during the winter season there is plenty of good skiing on the spacious snowfields of Monte Baldo.
Natural beauty and the picturesqueness of the ancient fishing villages around the lake make its splendid attractions.
Malcesine lies on the eastern side of the lake. This town is the most important one on this side of the lake and also one of the most beautiful ones on the whole of the lake. The town is framed by the mountains behind and facing others on the opposite side of the lake. The little town still retains its picturesque medieval centre. It is a modern tourist resort with many lovely hotels and beautiful little houses. There I also a lovely small harbour and castle.
The whole area around the lago di Garda is very touristy and it is better to visit out of the high season. In early May, it was perfect with enough visitors but not too much, driving and parking were easy, except in Garda because of an extensive market (Friday May 6th). The eastern bank of the Lago di Garda belongs to the Veneto province (Venice province), the western bank to the Lombardy province and the north part to the Trentino-Alto
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