Although Lago di Garda (Lake Garda, Italy) was our last stop on our vacation I’m posting it first. Not exactly sure why maybe it had the most impact on me or maybe it’s just because I like to flip through a book backwards.
Lake Garda is one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever visited. We learned that during the war it was a popular spot for German high-ranking officers to stay. Today there are a lot of German visitors each year and from all over the world, and everyone in the hospitality industry speaks fluent German, English, Italian of course, and even Russian.
You could easily just order dessert all night, all freshly made and created by the head chef. The above is chocolate mouse in a tiny mason jar, hazelnut truffles, dessert cheese and orange custard.
We only stayed there 2 nights, sadly, as the lake has so many wonderful and historic places to visit one could easily stay there a week and have more than enough to do. We decided to go to Limone sul Garda, as that’s where the lemon houses are and I just had to see for myself these amazing, historic places.
Though there are 7 lemon houses, we visited Limonaia Del Castél in the heart of Limone sul Garda which dates back to the 10th century.
The wooden beams and concrete pillars were used, few hundred years ago, as removable walls and roof. When the winter came the workers would slide in glass panels to protect the trees from the elements.
Today there is no more need for these walls as the climate has changed so much that this area rarely sees frost anymore and temperatures average around 8°C in December.
There are 2 varieties. The cream one (left) is 17% with a strong lemon flavour and a creamy smoothness. The non-cream one (right) is 30% and very strong lemon flavour and packs a bit of a punch and has a lot of sweetness.
Just outside of Limonaia Del Castél are great little historic streets filled with shops, restaurants and places to stay the night, or a week. We like to get lost in these little streets and see the more residential parts. All nestles between the mountain and the lake.
Categories: Treks & Trips