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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)

Iseo. The village and the lake.

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Iseo is a nice town situated on the south western shore of lake Iseo. This lake is not far from both Brescia and Bergamo.

I visited Iseo as a day trip from Brescia. It takes around 30 minutes by train to get there.

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There is a castle in Iseo; the Oldofredi castle. It was originally built in the XI century. In 1611 it was restored by the Oldofredi family who owned it.

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Today the castle houses the public library, a museum of war with things used by the troops who fighted in the two world wars, and some rooms used for exibitions.

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As you can see from these pictures there are some frescoes or part of frescoes inside the castle. In 1586 the castle was transformed into a monastery for Franciscan friars. Most probably these frescoes belonged to it.

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One of the things to do in Iseo, after a vist to the castle, is to get lost in its old core. This area is not large. You will not get lost for long!

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The old core in Iseo is a bit uphill. There are several narrow streets and nice spots there.

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Even in the "modern area" in Iseo you can find some narrow steets as the one you see in this picture.

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Piazza Garibaldi is the main square in this town. It is almost surrounded by porticoed palaces with shops and cafes. Here you can see a statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi; a very famous Italian citizen.

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After a long stroll I had a lunch at Osteria Il Volto; a typical restaurant on the main street (via Mirolte). Here they have a good choice of dishes every day. I had filled pasta (ravioli) with ham and cream; a mixed salad and a small glass of wine. The food was good and the price was around 10 euros. Some years ago this restaurant was Michelin starred.

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There is a long promenade on the lake in Iseo. I had a stroll there after lunch. Lots of fowls live on the lake.

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There is a small park overlooking the lake in case one needs a rest.

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There are three islands on this lake. One of these is Montisola, or Monte Isola. There are some village there; the other islands are privately owned. I cannot tell you anything about this Montisola. I only visited Iseo.

You can get to Montisola by ferry from Iseo, or, I suppose from some other villages.

I hope to go back to the lake Iseo area quite soon.

Posted by Maurizioagos 08:59 Archived in Italy Tagged lake iseo castle. Comments (7)

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)

The lake Trasimeno.

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Lake Trasimeno is a very large lake situated around half an hour by train from Perugia. It is bordered by several villages.

There are three islands on this lake. Isola Maggiore, Isola Minore and Isola Polvese.

I did two day trips to this lake when I was in Perugia. The first time I went to Passignano sul Trasimeno. Once there I went to the harbour and took a ferry to Isola Maggiore. The second time I went to lake Trasimeno area I visited Tuoro sul Trasimeno.

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Isola Maggiore is the only inhabited island on this lake. Nowadays the people living there are very few.They shouldn' t be more than 18! There is only a village on Isola Maggiore. Here you can visit some churches, a museum, or maybe two.

Sain Francis spent 40 days at Lent in 1211 on this island.

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In this picture and in the previous one you see part of the main street of the village; via Guglielmi.

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Saint Michael the Archangel church is one of the highlights of this island. This church was probably bulit in the XIII century. It is located on the top of a hill overlooking the village.

This church houses several ancient frescoes. I don' t know why I took only this picture inside this church! Really. Stupid me!

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Here you see part of Passignano sul Trasimeno.

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Passignano sul Trasimeno is made of a "modern area" quite near the lake and by a medeval core situated on a hill.

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There is a fortress in Passignano. Unfortunately it was closed when I visited this village. This fortress has a museum dedicated to boats inside.

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Here you see Passignano from afar.

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I didn' t like much Tuoro sul Trasimeno. This village is popular because Hannibal defetead the Romans in its area...some years ago.

The center of this village is located very far from the lake, so I had to walk a lot to get there.

In Tuoro there is a museum about the battle. I didn' t visit it, so I am not able to write anything about it.

In this picture you can see a landscape from Tuoro sul Trasimeno.

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The only thing I liked in Tuoro sul Trasimeno was a series of beautiful and tall statues. Its name is Parco Campo del Sole (i. e. sun' s field). This area was created at the end of the 80' s

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As you can see the statures at Campo del Sole are shaped as totems. I think I have read that this serie of statues should represent the battle of Trasimeno.

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Posted by Maurizioagos 10:05 Archived in Italy Tagged lake sul trasimeno passignano tuoro Comments (2)

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