Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake and a very popular holiday spot for Italians, as well as German tourists.
Coming in from the north, we stopped at the pass overlook, taking in majestic views of the lake and the cute villages of Sant Alessandro and San Giorgio nestled amongst rolling hills and vineyards.
Small villages line the 52km lake edge and there are numerous campsites with views of the lake surrounded by mountains. Unfortunately the weather was still cloudy and raining, however that didn’t stop some tourists from skinny dipping in the warm, clear waters!
When there was a break in the weather we set up camp at a campground in the hamlet of Navene then went for a short hike around the path that runs at the waters edge. The rains started again in the late afternoon and we found cover under the awning of a neighbouring empty caravan. A lovely German couple saw us and lent us some comfortable chairs, so we sat watching the rain over the lake and mountains eating some Italian produce and drinking a nice Italian red!
The next morning we continued south along the lake road admiring castles and prestigious holiday villas. We stopped at the small village of Castelletto di Brenzone for a walk around, admiring the harbour with the colourful fishing boats and getting lost in the narrow laneways. Whenever you stop, do as the Italians do and grab an espresso for €1, standing at the bar to enjoy your caffeine hit! There’s also usually some tasty pastries available for €1, anything with chocolate is sublime.
From here it’s only 100km to the gorgeous city of Verona, famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
This was one of our favourite Italian cities, a medieval old town on the banks of the Adige River. It is quintessentially Italian and you can’t help but surrender to its romantic beauty and charm.
A must see is of course Juliet’s balcony – a 14th century residence with a small balcony overlooking a courtyard, said to have been the home of the Capulet family many moons ago. Here’s a place where young lovers graffiti love pledges on the walls and rub the breast of a bronze statue of Juliet for good luck in love!
Also stroll the old cobbled city streets day or night to get lost in even more history. Walking through the imposing city gate and marvelling at the historic buildings including the impressive first century Roman Amphitheater, which is still in use hosting concerts and opera performances.