Extra Virgin Garda DOP olive oil has the distinctive traits of being naturally delicate with an elegant flavour.

 

At a taste, it can be recognized for harmony or its organoleptic notes and for the light and balanced aromas: the scents of fresh grass, aromatic herbs, hay and artichoke, together with the typical almond aftertaste, make it unique.

 

link: oliogardadop

 

MUSEOM OF GARDA OIL

Remarkable is the museum of Garda oil in Cisano in Bardolino. It is a great private museum of the Oleificio Cisano.
Visits are for free for private persons and are not accompanied by guides.Group visits are on request only and on a paid basis.
At the end of the museum is a shop with a selection of Garda and Italian oil and local products.

link: museum.it

Lugana wine was a white wine of ancient origin but almost unknown outside its own small production area.

 

It was discovered by wine lovers no more than 15-20 years ago and is now fast becoming more and more popular, in Italy and also abroad. The Lugana producing area is located on the southern coast of lake Garda.

Lugana is made mainly with a local grape varietal called Turbiana, a grape of unclear orgins.

 

Lugana wine colour ranges from the typical bright straw yellow to a slightly greenish shade. After only a few years of aging, it acquires its beautiful golden highlights. Thanks to its structure, Lugana is one of the few white wines that is able to age.

 

 

A good Lugana wine can easily be stored for 4, 5 years, and even longer if aged in barrels before bottling it.

Lugana has a very intense bouquet yet elegant and well balanced. The palate is dry, fresh extremely pleasant. Perfect as an aperitif or with appetizers, cured meat, salami, and fresh cheese.

 

link: Consorzio Lugana

Sailing and windsurfing mecca with postcards views.

Torbole, once a little fishing village, has turned into an internationally renowned sailing and surfing centre of lake Garda. The tiny harbour is the most picturesque corner of Torbole and the town has skilfully preserved its original features and lay-out.

Nago is situated on a spur of rock north of Torbole at the foot of the 12th century Castle of Penede and offers a breathtaking view. The castle and the forts have been restored and are open to the public.
A pleasant walk from Nago to Torbole will lead you past the Marmitte dei Giganti, glacial excavation wells dating back to the Quaternary era.

Amarone della Valpolicella is today unanimously recognized one of the most important of the Italian red wines. It is very appreciated by demanding consumers all over the world.

It originated as an evolution of Recioto, one of the most ancient wines in the history.

 

Amarone is produced in strict accordance with the rules and is patiently left maturating until it becomes unique in the world and incomparable with its vivid bright colour, intense cherry, currant, chocolate, spices hints.

Rich in substance, well-structured, full but at the same time soft, elegant perfectly balanced; very pleasant, soft, long-lasting to the palate.

 

link: consorzio valpollicella wine

 

ARCO DI TRENTO HISTORY AND ROCK CLIMBING

Dominated by the fort and has well conserved medieval castle which is open all year round, Arco di Trento is synonymous for free climbing.

Situated on the upper part of Garda valley, just 6 km from Riva del Garda, it is scattered with climbing routes, thanks to its easily accessible rock slaps of varying difficulty.

The historic centre is well conserved and is a pleasant walk while in search of local eateries and sports shops. The main square is dominated by the collegiate church of Our Lady of the assumption which is of Roman origins.

Arco is home town to the Arco Rock Festival, an international free climbing competition which is held every year in September.

THE LIGHT RED WINE OF LAKE GARDA

The Bardolino is a light red wine made on the eastern shores of Lake Garda, below the alpine foothills. The climate here is understandably fresh, with lake breezes and cool mountain air blowing across the area from the west and north respectively.

The lake also slightly moderates temperature variations, and reflects the bright northern Italian sunlight. This combination of cool temperatures and bright sunshine is responsible for emphasizing the bright, fruity qualities of Bardolino wines.

Bardolino is made from a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes.

 

link: ilbardolino

 

 

The Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona (Our Lady of the Crown) is halfway down on the vertical rock face of Mount Baldo.

The sanctuary is located in Spiazzi in one of the most picturesque locations in northern Italy. It rises clinging on the rock of the mountains that surround it, at 774 meters above sea level, overlooking the valley of the Adige river.

According to tradition, in 1522 an Image of Our Lady, which had disappeared in Rhodes during the Turkish conquest, appeared on these mountains and from the 24th of June that year on, people started to venerate the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, which had been carved out and given to the hermits by Ludovico from Castelbarco. The name of the Sanctuary was inspired by the mountains surrounding it like a "crown".

 

The pearl of Garda. Situated on the south bank of Lake Garda, on a long narrow peninsula jutting out into Lake Garda, Sirmione is one of the most important tourist spots on Lake Garda, famous for it’s thermal water and its rich historic and artistic heritage.

The town centre is characterised by narrow stone- walled alleys, inviting visitors into a romantic maze of streets, gardens and squares with suggestive views.

Don't miss the ruins of an ancient Roman Villa of the first Imperial era, known as the Catullo Grottoes, the Scaligera Fortress and the church of "S. Pietro" in Mavino, which dates back to the 8th century.

Described by Winston Churchill as the eighth wonder of the world, the Strada della Forra or the Way of the Gorge, crosses the Brasa river gorge from Lake Garda to the plateau of Tremosine.

 

It is a true jewel nestled in the mountains, and is especially lovely if travelled in the evening light.

It was the site of a famous car chase involving James Bond.

 

 

 

HERMITAGE OF MONTECASTELLO ABOVE THE LAKE GARDA

 

Located just below the peak of Monte Castello on a spur of rock sheer above the lake Garda, with magnificent panoramic views.

 

With its wonderful air of spirituality and peace, its history, artistic & architectural beauty, and marvellous location, it is one of the most famous and well-loved sacred places of Lake Garda.

For centuries it has been a place of pilgrimage and devotion, particularly to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is portrayed in an antique and miraculous fresco behind the main altar.

link: eremo monte castello

 

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