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Trip List by Hollie37

I'll Always Remember

Jul 27, 2008  Recent holiday at Lake Garda
4.0 of 5 stars based on 6 votes

A quirky list of memorable experiences from my recent travels, a work in progress.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Karlsruhe, Verona, Bardolino, Limone sul Garda, Venice
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before, Theater
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Large groups, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Renaissance Karlsruhe Hotel
    ACHAT Plaza Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg

    The softest, most comfotable beds, like sleeping on a fluffy cloud. Perfect after a full days coach travel.

  • 2. Verona
    Verona, Province of Verona

    A perfomance at the opera festival in the roman arena is an experience of a lifetime. You'll be there until the early hours of the morning so take a cushion or buy one from the stall outside the arena for only 3 euros, it's worth it for the spectacle. On entering the arena everyone is given a small candle, when the lights go down at the start of the performance these are lit and then you are surrounded by hundreds upon hundreds of twinkling lights - magical. There are plenty of intervals which are quite long but that is a perfect time to do some people watching, the gliteratti take the expensive seats in the centre of the arena and like to get dressed up for the occassion, some of the outfits we saw were very amusing!
    Also a visit to Juliet's balcony is a must and not as tacky an experience as you might think, the grafitti arch is a sight to see. It does get very crowded, but I was there are about 4pm and there was plenty of space to take photos.
    Piazza Bra, the main square surrounding the arena is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of people watching and some of Italy's famous ice cream, there are plenty of pavement cafes to choose from, also the perfect place to enjoy a pre-opera drink.
    The only thing to watch out for are the roman centurians by the arena who have their photo taken with you and then ask for a donation.

  • 3. Bardolino
    Bardolino, Province of Verona

    A beautiful small lakeside town, pedestrianised so there's no dodging traffic. There are lovely walks by the lake side which are perfect for joining in the Italian custom of La Passaggiata, strolling along with friends or family seeing and being seen with maybe a bit of flirting too. As a woman travelling alone I felt perfectly safe walking from my hotel into town by myself, there is just such a lovely atmosphere. Plenty of cafes, restaurants and gellaterias in which to sit and people watch, in an evening the place just buzzes.
    There are plenty of boats from Bardolino to allow you to explore the rest of Lake Garda and the prices are pretty cheap and you can also walk along the lake side to Garda, if you are strolling it takes about an hour and there are plenty of places to pause, sit and enjoy the scenery. Once you get to Garda you are spoilt for choice of places to enjoy some refreshment before either walking or getting the boat back to Bardolino.

  • 4. Limone sul Garda
    Limone sul Garda, Province of Brescia

    Take a trip here if you want to see the biggest lemons you are ever likely to encounter in your life. The ones I saw were bigger than the grapefruits they were displayed next to. Find the shop up a narrow street leading away from the lake side, you'll be amazed. You can also buy some of the famous Limoncino liquer.
    If you're not interested in lemons take a trip here anyway, it's so picturesque. The houses/shops cling to the mountainside and in some cases are built right into it. There are lots of little souvenir shops. One tip is if you are wanting to take a carnival mask home with you get one here and not in Venice (the ones there were very gaudy unless you wanted to spend a fortune). There is a lovely shop built into the mountainside just as you come off the boat, there are lots of masks to choose from and the prices are good. You can get a boat to Limone from just about anywhere on Lake Garda.

  • 5. Venice

    You have no idea how beautiful a place this is until you see it in the flesh. Travelling by train across the causeway from the mainland and watching the buildings rising up from the waters of the lagoon is simply breathtaking. Forget what people may tell you about it being smelly, or dirty, or too crowded - when I went on a very hot July day it wasn't smelly, it was spotlessly clean and the crowds were all part of the experience but by no means overwhelming. Just soak up the atmosphere and go with the flow. The obvious tip is unless you want to take out a second mortgage don't sit down for a drink in any of the cafes on St Mark's Square. There are plenty of little trattorias and cafes in the narrow streets off the square, we found a cheap self service restaurant with a huge range of dishes from pizza and pasta to salads and fresh fruit just by the Rialto Bridge. An added extra is that you can watch the pizzas being made, amazing what they could do with a ball of dough!