Today we explore the beautiful shores of Lake Garda with its charming hillside villages, lovely blue waters and delightful panoramas. Our first port of call is the ancient town of Malcesine, perched on the lake’s edge under the shadow of breathtaking Monte Baldo.
It’s a lovely place to stroll for an hour or so with its picturesque, medieval lanes winding up the slope from the lake, pretty little squares, cafes and restaurants. The small attractive harbor is also lined with cafes whilst the old port is a quieter spot with good views and curious sculptures.
You can also take the cable car to the summit of Monte Baldo for spectacular views across the lake and the Dolomites before or after exploring the cobbled streets of the old town below. One of the town’s most striking attractions is its historic castle with its interesting museum, or you might like to wander by the grand 15thC Captain’s Palace which is close to the harbor.
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We also visit the former fishing village of Bardolino, more famous now for its wonderful ruby red wines. Not surprisingly alongside the many vineyards and olive groves the town is home to an interesting wine museum and is the starting point of the Bardolino Wine Trail. The delightful promenade is dotted with welcoming cafes and you can wander the pretty streets or simply drink in the atmosphere of the medieval city walls and beautiful churches.
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Continuing along the shores of the lake we arrive in the charming thousand year old town of Lazise. Here it’s a joy to explore the little nooks and crannies that are full of character and rich history giving the town its unique atmosphere. Take time to stroll along the famous lakeside boulevard or the maze of alleyways packed full of interesting little shops or just enjoy the glistening blue waters and small sandy beach.
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