Lake Garda, how I love thee!
I love Lake Garda!!!!!! We visited the beautiful and magical Lake Garda in northern Italy, the region of Veneto and very close to Verona, on our recent vacation in Italy. My husband, little baby, and I had arrived in Italy on Friday and decided to meet up with our friends Miki and Alice over the weekend. We were coming from Santa Margherita di Ligure, Alice was coming from Bra in Piemonte, and Michele was coming all the way from Trieste on the far east coast, so we had to meet somewhere in the middle. We decided to meet at Lake Garda because it was a location both central and also rumored to be beautiful. It was also a perfect choice since none of us had ever been there before. And look how beautiful it is!
So, on Saturday morning at the wee hour of 6am we awoke and left the hotel before 7:30 to hop on a train to Alessandria, on the Torino route. Alice met us in Alessandria and from there we all drove together to Lake Garda to meet Michele, coming in by train from Trieste. It was so amazing to see them both!!! We’d seen Alice a few months ago in New York but hadn’t seen Michele for two years. I miss him just talking about this reunion!!!!!
Being all together was so much fun!! We went first to the pedestrian waterfront town center at Bardolino for a lakeside lunch. Then we drove to our gorgeous agriturismo, La Pergola. Staying there was a dream!! At La Pergola the owner offered us wine, red or white, and when we chose white she offered to chill it for us. Later after swimming we enjoyed wine along with an olive oil tasting, where we tried the house made organic olive oil along with another local Garda oil. Of course we preferred La Pergola’s. We went swimming both days a little past Baia delle Sirene. For dinner we drove through some countryside and up a steep mountain to Taverna Kus, in the gorgeous high mountain town of San Zeno di Montagne. We all want to visit that town again… you could see breathtaking views of the lake far below and villages and mountains across the lake, even at night. On our way out of town we stopped for lunch in Pescheria del Garda, a beautiful small town with little canals. Just look at the color of the water in the final photo of this post. Unbelievable! It’s no wonder local teenagers were jumping off all the bridges into this water all over town.At La Pergola they produce their own olive oil, have acres and acres of olive groves, and many other plants, a beautiful flower garden, a relaxing picnic area, a cozy seating area in the olive groves, and a garden swing. We requested an olive oil tasting of the agriturismo’s house brand olive oil and it was delicious and a lot of fun. We were offered wine and chose a white wine to have before dinner, which the owner chilled and served to us with the oils. The agriturismo was renovated last year and just opened this year. We were the very first guests coming from the United States! Hope the proprietress saves the guest book!
Lake Garda Weekend
Hotel: La Tenuta La Pergola, an agriturismo in the hills above Brandolino.
Dinner: Taverna Kus, in the mountains above Lake Garda, with a breathtaking view from the nearby streets of the lake and villages across the lake. Located in the picturesque village of San Zeno di Montagne. The restaurant’s wine cellar was once an underground ice house. Ask to see the wine cellar before you leave.
Lunch: Old pedestrian village of Bardolino, on the waterfront.
Swim: San Vigilio e la Baia delle Sirene, on the east coast of the lake.