Monday, December 17, 2007

Lake Garda in a nutshell

Lying between the Alps and the Dolomites, Lake Garda is the largest and most 'Mediterranean' of the Italian lakes. Beautiful villas and gardens line the south-western shores and semi-tropical flowers flourish in the mild climate. Vines and orchards of olive trees and lemons fringe the region and the vineyards of Bardolino and Valpolicella, amongst others, are nearby. Hydrofoil, catamaran and steamers ply the lake with possible destinations including the harbour and fortress of Peschiera, the elegant resort of Gardone Riviera with its fine villas and parks, Sirmione's meticulously made mosaics, and Gargnano del Garda.
The popular resort of Salo, once the capital of Mussolini's short-lived republic, has a 15th-century cathedral and a good selection of cafés and characteristic restaurants.

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