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Chasing the Sunset

Lake Garda, Italy

Collection of 13 places
A treasure hidden at the bottom of the Lake Aquaria Thermal SPA
Thermae
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In a wonderful medieval town steeped in history, the “Pearl of Garda” so praised by Catullus, lies Aquaria, the Thermal SPA of Terme di Sirmione. An oasis of wellness immersed in a large park, a place to enjoy moments of intense pleasure all year round, during the day or in the evening, alternating the sensorial experiences of the thermal water, the steam and the heat, the pampering of personalized treatments. Amidst the thermal water and the breathtaking views of Lake Garda that suffuse Aquaria with the enchantment of the sunset, our guests find beauty, equilibrium and harmony.

Home to the olive tree, whose groves spreads right down to its beaches Torri del Benaco
Village
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Torri del Benaco is blessed with the mildest of climates, and is home to the olive tree, whose groves spreads right down to its beaches. In its lush woods, where ilexes and oaks grow, you will find the "cistus albidus", which normally grows only along coastal regions. A view of Torri del Benaco from the lake is unforgettable; all you need do to enjoy this view, is take the ferry which goes back and forth from one end of the lake to the other.

Fascinating island, castle and gardens Isola di Garda
Isle
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A boat trip to the Isola del Garda island will leave you with a magical feeling, like visiting a distant world that no longer exists. It is a small, rocky island, accessible only by small boat and with opening hours agreed by the family of nobles who still live there. The park has lush greenery: an Italian garden, an English garden and is partly deliberately wild. In the heart of the island there is a majestic Venetian Gothic style villa. As we sail on the lake, you can admire the sumptuous villa that has elements reminiscent of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, and the great park, rich in so many plant species that it resembles an impressive botanical garden. For safety reasons, all tours are only conducted in favorable weather conditions. The route may change depending on the weather.

Panorama Path Sentiero Busatte-Tempesta
Panoramic Route
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The highest peak in a radius of 12 km Monte Pizzoccolo
Excursion
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The Monte Pizzoccolo stands north of Toscolano Maderno on the Brescia side of Lake Garda. It is part of the Parco Alto Garda Bresciano. The climb via the south-east ridge, which offers very modest climbing difficulties, so that it can be performed without a rope if you have enough experience, offers a very fun climb on rocks of gorgeous limestone, and amazing views on the Lake Garda and the surrounding hills during the whole climb. The views from the top is wonderful too, in all directions.

The Best Sunset over the Lake Lungolago di Lazise
Walk
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The name Lazise comes from the Latin word "laceses", which means city on the lake. Observing the six towers of the „Castello Scaligero" and its walls, you can easily recognize the medieval origin of the city. Lazise has a wonderful old town center, with narrow alleys and picturesque squares, a harbor set right in the city center and the 14th century Veronese customs office. Lazise is justifiably proud of its past, since it was one of the first towns in Italy to be granted independence by Emperor Otto II more than a thousand years ago in 983. Testifying to its splendid medieval past there are magnificent castle and fortified walls encircling the old town center crammed with shops, restaurants and bars.

The Prettiest Village you'll ever see Borghetto sul Mincio
Village
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Borghetto sul Mincio is one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy” (Borghi più Belli d’Italia). And it is one of those places that seem unreal. Like a fairy tale. A few houses, only 160 residents. You arrive here crossing the Visconteo bridge and you discover a tiny village basically lying on the Mincio river ,a perfect place for a romantic getaway and for taking pictures of an Italy that is already gone in many other places: Stone houses, some ancient watermills, the view of on the melancholic ruins of the medieval bridge and the Castle appearing among the trees on the hill.

Perched on a cliff overhanging the lake Castello Scaligero di Malcesine
Castle
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The castle is believed to have been built in 568 ad. A maze of narrow, winding streets leads down to the water’s edge. The focal point of Malcesine is the pretty port. Behind the town is Monte Baldo, which is the highest mountain in the Lake Garda area.

The top trek in Garda Sentiero della Ponale
Trekking
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The Ponale Trail is the best known and most popular in Garda Trentino: easy but at the same time spectacular as its winds sheer above the lake, a classic trek you can't afford to miss. The line of the Old Ponale Road stands out against the mountainside and is clearly visible from the beaches in Riva and Torbole. The Ponale trail is an icon of Garda Trentino, much loved by visitors and locals alike who never tire of the spectacular views it offers at every bend. The Ponale Road is famous not only for the unequaled panorama of the lake but also for the military installations you can see along the trail. When you come to the second and third tunnels you can see remains of the Tagliata del Ponale, imposing fortifications built by the Austro-Hungarians from 1860 onwards which consist of tunnels excavated into the rock and trenches which stretch from lake level to the outposts overlooking the current trail. Today the Tagliata complex is normally closed to the public for reasons of safety.

Lake Garda cycle lane set to be one of world's most stunning bike paths Ciclabile dell'Alto Garda
Panoramic Route
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Currently under construction (official opening on May 10th 2018) is arguably the world's most scenic bike path, that will be suspended over the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. The project will distance a staggering 87 miles in total, stretching around the entire lake, with the path almost dropping to water level at points, making it feel as if you will be riding on water. When complete, Garda By Bike will wrap 87 miles around Lake Garda, allowing riders to “fly” above the water’s surface. The 140-km path will jut out of the cliffside and “float” above the water. According to the Garda Post, the massive bikeway will cost more than $122 million to complete. When finished, it will connect three Italian provinces: Trentino in the north, Verona in the southeast, and Brescia in the southwest. The 3-mile section to open for public use this year stretches from Brescia’s Limone sul Garda to the southern border of Trentino.

Hanging between lake and sky Terrazza del Brivido
Panoramic Point
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Set on hillocks of panoramic beauty towering over the entire Lake Garda. Tremosine is situated in the heart of the “Parco Alto Garda Bresciano” (Brescian Upper Garda Park) and it embodies its very essence, while bringing together all the natural and environmental qualities which are characteristic of an area of protected nature.

Where the river Mincio begins its charming course Peschiera Del Garda
Walled City
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Peschiera del Garda is a picturesque town situated on the South of Lake Garda at the mouth of the River Mincio. It is very small and surrounded by enormous fortress walls dating from the 16th century. They were built by The Scalgieri's of Verona with additional structures added by Venetians, Austrians and Italians over many years, including the architect Sanmicheli. The fortress at Peschiera played a prominent part in most of the military campaigns conducted in northern Italy, especially in the Napoleonic wars. During the First Italian War of Independence in the 1840s it was finally taken by the Piedmontese from the Austrian occupiers.

A corner of Paradise in Sirmione Jamaica Beach
Beach
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In Sirmione, very closed to the Archeological Area of the “Catullo Caves”, there is Jamaica Beach, one of the most known beaches of the famous and fascinating village; a paradise corner, a dream place with pure water. To get this place it is necessary to go through the historical center of Sirmione and from here it is possible to choose between two ways, one more arduous and the other easier. The first one was, till some time ago, the only one available and, after the historical center, go on to Punta Staffalo paying attention because, depending on the highness of the lake, there is the risk to walk directly in the water high up to knees. Today instead it is easier to get there: once reached the center it is enough to walk up to the Catullo Caves where, passing through the gateway near the bar and the ticket office, it is possible to walk the trail down to the beach. Coming from this side there is a bar at the end of the trail where it is possible to taste an aperitif or eat something while looking at the panorama or enjoying the sun. Just a few steps and the beach is there.

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