Lake Garda Day Trip

Another Italian destination that is somewhat off the tourist radar of international visitors: Lake Garda. Here’s what you can expect from a stop at Italy’s largest lake and why it’s worth a visit!

P1190623

While it is possible to get a boat trip around the whole lake, I opted for the southern parts to make it worth the while. I got a train to Desenzano (20 minutes from Verona) and was surprised by its charm and beauty. The lake is a short walk down from the station- no maps necessary. You’ll find quaint stores and cafes, alongside many rows of boats, awaiting their passengers.

P1190631

To begin my journey around the lake, I bought my ticket from the Navigazione Lago Di Garda ticket offices by the water for €23.40. There is a timetable of all for the boats and where they go, which is useful and gives you a lot of flexibility. The boat was the first of the new spring schedule (1 April – 31 May) and departed at 9:15am.

 

P1190583The lake water is bright green and home to some ducks. Looking down into the water, it is crystal clear with rocks peeking out from the bottom. The towns along the river shore are similar in nature, with many restaurants and tourist shops. That being said, they each have their own unique elements. For example:

P1190580Sirmione, the fairest of them all. With parks, a castle and scenic viewpoints, it was my favourite. Bardolino for its incredible tulips growing along the water. Garda for its mountains, dock’s and cafes.

P1190595When I wasn’t wondering through the streets, taking photos are admiring the view, I was having lunch (a takeaway mushroom risotto on a bench under the trees) and sitting in the sunshine, reading (currently reading Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray). All in all, it was a wonderful day trip and one I’m very glad to have taken.

If you plan to go, lookout for the thermal spa’s and panoramic cable car ride in the north). Some other towns by the lake that I’d suggest visiting are Salo’, Lazise and Limone.

P1190568IMG_9532

IMG_9547P1190627P1190425P1190437P1190446P1190454P1190549P1190459

P1190457P1190460

P1190462

P1190477P1190542

P1190510P1190496P1190519

P1190513P1190516P1190552P1190559P1190565P1190572

P1190584P1190589

P1190602P1190611

P1190590P1190601

P1190628P1190616

 

4 thoughts

  1. Pingback: Au Pair Diaries: Just Take it Easy – voguingvixen

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: