LAKE GARDA: LEMONS, RELAXATION AND THE WRITINGS OF DAVID HERBERT LAWRENCE
LEMONS, RELAXATION AND THE WRITINGS OF DAVID HERBERT LAWRENCE
It is difficult to find an original way to describe such a well-known area with such special and unique features as Lake Garda: clear waters and a mild climate, rolling hills as opposed to steep-sided cliffs overlooking the water, small villages and churches, and lemon groves, olive groves, bougainvillea and oleanders. The villages overlooking the waters, certainly the best known, are magnets for beach tourism, but there is more than the lakeside basin to discover. Garda invites the traveller to get lost among the paths, to walk down offbeat paths that lead to isolated monasteries, to sit at a table and rediscover the flavours of a time when genuine products enhance the Italian culinary tradition, to walk among the olive trees, to breathe in the fresh air while admiring a clear landscape. The Western Gardesana (state road 45 bis) is the path to discovering the area: a mythical, sometimes inaccessible road which skirts the banks of the lake and runs from Sirmione to Riva del Garda. The unique Alto Garda Natural Park, characterised by contrasts: the area is one that runs from Limone to Salò where it passes quickly by the waters of the lake to the rugged peaks of the Alpine region.
In the Park between the peaks and water is the best way to discover and appreciate all aspects of the landscape. You can follow paths and dirt trails that reward you with unexpected glimpses on foot, by bicycle or on horseback from every village.
The plateau of Tremosine is among the most spectacular for admiring the Garda basin: a stage on the lake resting on steep rocks overlooking the water and the towering peaks of Monte Baldo. Returning to Gardesana, the town of Gargnano, besides being known for launching the famous Centomiglia regatta, entered the history books for being home to the offices of government and administration of the then new Social Republic between 1943 and 1945, the most famous palaces including Palazzo Bettoni and Villa Feltrinelli, which was the residence of the Duce and his family.
The slow path to discovery of Garda leads the mind to the words written in the literature of the author including Stendhal, who described Garda as "the most beautiful landscape in the world", DH Lawrence "a lake as beautiful as the beginning of creation", and finally the invitation of W. Goethe, "how much I wished to have my friends for a moment near me in order that they might rejoice over the view which lies before me."
Arrival in Gargnano and overnight stay at a B&B, in a special dwelling that offers genuine family hospitality just steps from the lake. Day at leisure for a stroll, we suggest you take a look at the beautiful Italian gardens of Villa Bettoni; a special scene, decorated with statues, niches and stairways. Traditional dinner at a restaurant in the town of Fornico, a traditional menu and wines strictly from Garda!
Breakfast in the garden and then set off on the trail of D.H. Lawrence, a hundred years have passed since the artist's stay, but for the marinas and alleys it seems like no time has passed. It is a picturesque walk where a camera is essential to capture every view.
Dinner at a typical restaurant immersed in the countryside.
Breakfast in the garden, then spend a pleasant day in search of lemons!
The lemon groves are a testimony to and industrial archeology of a past that saw its peak in the 1850s, a route following a special guided tour will allow you to discover an incredible natural heritage.
Small tasting session and opportunity to buy typical products.
A historic and dream-like atmosphere staying at an exclusive resort, with surcharge.
Lake Garda - Gargnano
Duration: 3 days
Price: from € 235 per person
The package includes: accommodation and meals as stated; guided tour of the lemon groves.
- a copy of "Twilight in Italy" by D.H. Lawrence;
- a lemon tree;
- a boxed set of typical products from Garda.
From € 85 per person
from march to october
Info and booking:
mobile - +39 338 9013003