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Lake Garda is the biggest lake in Italy and this is really destination in itself…

The lake is surrounded by pretty towns and villages, some of them familiar to British ears (Bardolino).

The southern end attracts mostly Italian visitors, the north; German, Austrian and British. The southern end is flatter with gentle hills, leading up to the virtually straight cliffs of the northern end.

Lake Garda - Manerba

Lake Garda – Manerba

Lake Garda - Manerba Olive Trees

Lake Garda – Manerba Olive Trees

Lake Garda - Manerba looking north

Lake Garda – Manerba looking north

Much all of the lake shore is developed, but in a low rise way and despite what local residents think, its all quite low key – especially when compared to the excesses of other Mediterranean shores.

Moniga del Garda

Moniga del Garda

Moniga del Garda

Moniga del Garda - old town

Moniga del Garda – old town

Salo

Salo at night

Salo at night

Cartiere Valley

Just inland from Toscolano is the Cartiere valley – this was a major centre for paper production and the valley is littered with abandoned mills, full details here.

Cartiere Valley - Lake Garda

Cartiere Valley – Lake Garda

Cartiere Valley - Lake Garda

Cartiere Valley – Lake Garda

Access to the higher part of the valley is on foot.

Desenzano

Desenzano del Garda is the main town of the southern lake and is an attractive centre with a fair selection of restaurants and bars, there is also a wide selection of accommodation but book in advance at peak times. Off season it can be quiet mid week, but picks up at the weekend.

Being a short journey from several large cities, Desenzano punches above its weight in terms of shops, restaurants and bars – also in terms of; what shall I call it; ”entertainment”… Don”t worry, you won”t be fooled… many look like drag queens that have just won the lottery…

Desenzano

Hotels in Desenzano and Sirmione, here

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