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Lago Di Garda and Mantova

QUICK EXCURSION FROM SLEEPY BOLOGNA

all seasons in one day 24 °C

We had been warned by our resident Bolognese experts that the town is pretty quiet until locals return in early September from their summer vacanza, so having dumped our stuff at our new apartment (home for the next 3+ months), and spent a few days shopping and getting the general layout, we decided to head off again for a few days.

Lake Garda is a pretty easy train trip via Verona, so we elected to stay there for 3 nights, and have a couple of days in Mantova on the way home. Italy's largest lake, Garda, like Lake Como, left us mightily impressed. Enjoying a different, but equally spectacular topography to Lake Como, we also noticed a greater prevalence of German (like) speakers. Our assumption was Austrians, but they may also have been Swiss and even far northern Italians who apparently use German in preference to parlo Italiano.

typical ferries, and unfortunately typical weather ...

typical ferries, and unfortunately typical weather ...

typical cyclist ... excellent bike paths around many parts of the lake

typical cyclist ... excellent bike paths around many parts of the lake

We stayed near Bardolino, a thriving little town renowned for its red wine production, and made quick visits to charming Sirmione (had to visit there anyway out of curiosity as a horse of this name was a high class performer in Oz!); Garda the town with a beautiful lakefront boulevard; and finally to Malcesine which has rocketed into our top 10 bella citta. With a stunning castle and interesting alleyways we were already on a winner, but an absolutely divine lunch at a place called Ristorante Al Gondoliere sealed the deal ... heaven ...

Sirmione ... Scaliger Castle (13th century)

Sirmione ... Scaliger Castle (13th century)

Garda town looking north

Garda town looking north

Malcesine ... looks air brushed but not so ... great work Lisa H

Malcesine ... looks air brushed but not so ... great work Lisa H

Malcesine ... with some non-Italian children braving the cold!

Malcesine ... with some non-Italian children braving the cold!

Our kids also loved the cable car we caught which takes you from Malcesine up to Monte Baldo - a zippy 1800m ascent (plus the car rotates 360 degree for the 2nd part of the trip). Temperature also didn't muck around, plummeting from 22 degrees lakeside to 4 degrees up the top. This was representative of the weather throughout our trip - a mixed bag of lollies after the prolonged heatwave Italy had endured.

Monte Baldo ... weather briefly clears on way up ... Malcesine is the town below

Monte Baldo ... weather briefly clears on way up ... Malcesine is the town below

Monte Baldo ... on top and the weather gods having some fun

Monte Baldo ... on top and the weather gods having some fun

Monte Baldo ... on the way down and another clear moment

Monte Baldo ... on the way down and another clear moment

Mantova followed, and it didn't disappoint with its array of beautiful medieval and Renaissance buildings, and lovely lakeside walks outside the town walls. We hired bikes for both days, and were very excited to see Gabi quickly develop confidence on the 2-wheeler. A big thanks to Granny for all her developmental work there! We thought this was a stunning town, and will be back before too long.

Mantova ... locals fishing with special elongated poles to get extra reach

Mantova ... locals fishing with special elongated poles to get extra reach

Mantova ... P plates about to come off?

Mantova ... P plates about to come off?

Now for Bologna, schooling, and language improvement ...!

Posted by happellfamily12 04:48 Archived in Italy Tagged mountains lake ferries weather cable_car german_speakers

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