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Riva del Garda.

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Riva del Garda is a nice town situated at the northern tip of the lake Garda. It is around one hour by car from my village.

In the spring and summer it is a very touristic town.

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There are lots of colorful houses in this town.

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Via Piave is one of the nicest streets in this town.

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Contrada Marocco. This neighbourhood has nothing to do with Morocco. It is an area in Riva del Garda that takes its name from landslides; practically these are big stones where several houses where built here. Marocche is the meaning of big stones in the local dialect.

Here you can see various old houses, a square with a washing trough and an ancient palace; Palazzo del Vescovo (the bishop' s palace).

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I suppose this is one of the oldest areas in Riva del Garda.

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Palazzo del Vescovo; the bishop' s palace.

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Piazza III novembre is the main square in Riva del Garda.

Here you can see the town hall built in the XV century joined to the Palazzo Pretorio (XIV century). Opposite this palace there is a very ancient tower; the Apponale tower. It was built towards 1200 and raised in 1552. At its base there were warehouses for salt and wheat and other stores. It was also used as a prison. During the WWI it was an observation post. You can enjoy a beautiful landscape over the main square of the town and other areas from its top.

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Piazza III Novembre is partly surrounded by XIV century porticoes. There are some shops and a good restaurant - pizzeria (see restaurant hotel Centrale) under these.

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Here you see the small square joined to piazza III Novembre.

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Sometimes when I visit Riva del Garda I have lunch at the restaurant of hotel Centrale. This is a large three star hotel located at the main square of Riva del Garda.

I don' know how many dinner rooms there are at this hotel. One of these is under the old arcades. It is closed by glass, so that people could eat there even in the winter.

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There are various dishes on the menu at this restaurants. There are even several fish dishes and a good choice of pizzas. Pizzas at restaurant Centrale are very large.

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You can do several boat trips to various villages or towns from Riva del Garda. There are ferries, hydrofoils and motorised catamarans that opearate all year.

For instance you can go to Limone and Malcesine.

Limone lies on the north-western shore of the lake. Its name comes from the latin word "limen", which means border. It is a small town with cobbled streets, some churches, various shops, cafes and restaurants.

Malcesine is located almost opposite Limone. Its main sight is the castle which was probably built in the first millenium a. C. by the Longobards. It was destroyed in 590 by the Franks and then rebuilt by them in 806. From 1277 to 1387 it belonged to the Della Scala family. Up to the 1403 it was in the hands of the Visconti family . From the 1405 to 1797 it was part of the Serenissima (see Venice) with the exception of 10 years starting from 1506. The French owned it during Napoleon' s times and The Austrians from 1798 to 1866. The castle houses a couple of museums.

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There is a fortress in Riva del Garda. La Rocca. It was built in 1124 and altered through the centuries. Today it houses a museums with paintings,pictures and archaeological finds.

Posted by Maurizioagos 09:30 Archived in Italy Tagged lake del garda riva trentino alto garda. adige. Comments (2)

Malcesine.

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Malcesine is a beautiful lake side resort situated on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. It is some 60 kilometers far from Verona.

It has a beautiful old core made of a maze of narrow cobbled lanes and stone houses.

Malcesine has a good choice of accomodations, restaurants, cafes and shops. It is a very popular summer holiday resort.

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I suppose this should be one of the narrowest street in the world. Vicolo Picalof.

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Here you see another picture of this narrow lane.

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A stone house with a balcony. I like this spot.

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Close up of the balcony.

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A house with a coat of arms on its facade.

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The castle is the main sight in Malcesine. Its name is Castello Scaligero. It was probably built by the Lombards around 500 A. C. on a previous fortress. In 590 it was destroyed by the Franks. They rebuilt it in 806.

It was occupied by the della Scala family from 1277 to 1378. Later, the Visconti family from Milan and the Republic of Venice hold it. Then it was in the hands of the French and the Austrians. During the period of the Austrian rule, which ended in 1866 major renovations work took place inside.

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Today the castle houses a museum of natural history; a room dedicated to the German writer Goethe and his visit to Malcesine in 1786. Some areas of the castle are used for various entertainments and for temporary exibitions.

The castle has a tower. You can climb it to its top and enjoy a beautiful landscape over the town.

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Part of the castle from afar.

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In this picture you see part of the harbour. It is surrounded by a good number of cafes and restaurants. From the harbour you can take a boat to other resort on the lake as Limone or Riva del Garda.

Posted by Maurizioagos 10:55 Archived in Italy Tagged lake italy garda malcesine garda. Comments (2)

Lazise.

A nice lake side town.

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Some weeks ago I did a day trip to Lazise from Desenzano sul Garda.

Lazise is a nice town situated on the eastern shore of lake Garda. It is only some 24 km west from Verona. Its name comes from the Latin word "laceses", which means city on the lake.

This town is almost entirely encircled by tall walls and has three gates.

One of the first places I saw in this town was the old harbour. Here you can see the old customs house and saint Nicholas curch, This small church is thought it was built in the XII century. It has some frescoes dating of the same century inside. I spotted a couple of them. The old customs house should be used as a meetings and events place.

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Fresco inside the church.

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Another fresco inside the church.

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My mother sitting outside Saint Nicholas church.

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Some houses around the harbour.

The main square in Lazise is piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. It is located just beside the old harbour.  There are some cafes, restaurants and shops at this square. I had my lunch at this square.

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Part of piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.

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This was my lunch. I had pasta (noodles) with sardines.

One of the things to do in this small town is to explore the narrow lanes (calli) and get lost. I did it and I discovered that Lazise has lots of shops, cafes and restaurants.

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There is a castle in Lazise. I have read it was originally built in the IX century; probably on Roman ruins. I think it is closed to visitors except when some exibition is held there.

There is a short promenade facing the lake in this town. It is a nice walkway where you can have a stroll after lunch.

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A swan posing on the promenade.

Lazise is also a place for kids. In fact there are several amusement parks in its vicinity; including the popular Gardaland and Caneva Acquapark. Even Parco Natura Viva is not far from Lazise. This large park is a beautiful zoo with a safari area which you could visit with your car.

This town could be chosen as a base to explore several villages and town near the lake Garda. Here there is a good choice of shops, accomodations, cafes and restaurants; even if it is not a large town.

Posted by Maurizioagos 10:23 Archived in Italy Tagged lake lazise. garda. Comments (6)

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