And here I am again to tell another journey.
This time our goal, since the theme? romance,? Sirmione, beautiful place? of Lake Garda.
We decided to celebrate the birthday of my wife Laura and S. Valentino the following day by visiting some of the most famous ones. lovely places on the lake, so on Friday? 12 February we leave Palermo at 11.30 with the excellent and punctual Wind Jet, in the middle of a storm, to arrive at Linate at 13.30. We knew it would be a nice weekend right away, why? just set foot on the ground, in spite of our fears, dictated by the weather forecast of the previous days and by the countless television reports about the bad weather conditions all over in the north, we found a beautiful weather: the clear blue sky that, I imagine, rarely in this period they can enjoy it !!? From there, after having collected the rental car that we paid 46 with Hertz? for 2 days, we immediately continue eastwards, doing for? first a planned stop in the beautiful Franciacorta Outlet, where in a couple of hours we managed to do a nice ride and some great deals. We leave, and just before 18 we are already? in the Aurora hotel in Sirmione, which we booked from? Booking.com thanks to the very high average / rating left by visitors. After checking in and cutlery and the bags on the fly, we immediately go out to discover the magic of Sirmione: a strip of land that enters the lake until it is completely surrounded by it. Immediately we come across the entrance to the historic center where to do the honors we find the suggestive Scaliger castle, expertly lit so that? to make it even more? beautiful. Surrounded by the waters of the lake, with all the towers and walkways that characterize it? really nice to see! We continue along the characteristic streets, where both to the right and to the left you can see small streets that end right in the lacunar waters, until you reach the end of the peninsula where there are the remains of the famous Villa dei Valeri built between the first century. BC and the first century. dc and which was the home of the famous Catullus. But the darkness doesn't do us justice, so we promise we'll go back there tomorrow.
Going back, we remember that we are hungry and we ask the staff of our hotel to recommend some good places. The choice falls on "la source", a pizza restaurant close enough to our hotel that, honestly, I don't feel like recommending to others. After dinner we mention a stroll, but at that time the cold is felt all right, so we go back to the hotel.
Saturday, February 13, 2010. As soon as we wake up from the open curtains we see that the waters of the lake reflect the sun that is rising… a wonderful panorama, great to start the day! We go down to the breakfast room and? Now there? even more? clear why? the reviews were so enthusiastic: we are practically on the lake !! The hall? closed by the windows due to the current season, but the show? truly unique. And then with that time? The breakfast ? excellent and the service equally, all confirming our choice which is revealed more and more? apt.
Leaving early, we resume the tour from where we left off the night before: from the caves of Catullus. Only this time, during the journey that will take us? at the end of the mainland and then to the archaeological site, we have the opportunity to admire the beautiful Maria Callas park and the adjacent villa where the diva lives. in the 50s. Nonch? the views that with the day are certainly more? beautiful. The Villa ? very interesting also why? appears to be the only example of a Roman villa in northern Italy, the entrance? affordable: 4 ?.
After the visit, can we enjoy some more? the narrow streets and shops of Sirmione where we give ourselves some adorable souvenirs,? we leave for what our program foresees as the next destination: Peschiera del Garda. IS? a love! Narrow streets full of people and nice shops, a military museum, a beautiful church and the remains of an archaeological site relating to Roman excavations of the III century. dc, make it even more? our visit to the charming town is interesting.
We continue northwards and then Lazise, where we allow ourselves only a ride with the car, and then arrive in Bardolino. Here we stop and take a nice tour to follow which, intrigued by the people who walked towards a walkway along the lake, we decide to see where all those people were leading and where they were going. After walking for more? half an hour always with the lake on our left, but still unaware of where that path could end, we thought it wise to ask: in practice that road connects Bardolino to Garda, and, given the beautiful day, many people take advantage of it to make a nice and healthy walk or jogging ?? Since? Garda was still our next destination, we decide to walk another 10 minutes and then get there on foot. Garda too? something beautiful! The lakeside? very well-kept and the rooms that overlook it are innumerable. Among these, since the time? the right one, we look for one where to eat well. I consult the net first, to find some advice, but I have little luck. So we have to rely on intuition! Not ? simple thing? few are the places that attract my interest, also why? lunch, if possible, should be special, since today my wife is celebrating her birthday. After an extensive tour, we decide to return to one of the few places that we had somehow taken into consideration:? La Taverna Fregoso ?. Sar? it was certainly good luck, more? that my nose (which I confirm to be reliable), but the place? from oscar !! Just entered? a whirlwind of good impressions: the place? particular and, looking at the dishes in front of who was already? at the table, I cannot fail to notice the? generosity? of the portions?, as well as a great scent. To abbreviate: If you go to Garda you cannot miss this place for lunch: Value for money of rare convenience!
After lunch, we have to go back to the car? What better way to facilitate digestion !!
Next destination: Sal ?.
There? took a while, but ne? worth it: Sal? and a swarm of people, we also find some? of people in masks and the streets, full of high-end shops, are all full of tourists. A gem: In the Town Hall, which was the seat of the? Republic of Sal ??,? at one point we saw a beautiful bride in a red dress who came in to join in marriage with the civil ceremony ?? color note? of our trip.
Now, since? almost evening, we decide to return. In less than half an hour we are at the hotel, where we freshen up, change and go out for dinner. Shall we choose a place? of which I had read something on the net; ? The Forest ?, about 1? km from our hotel, also in Sirmione. IS? Saturday night and the club? really full, fear? that we have to wait not a little, but in the end so? not ? state. To be honest, contrary to what? that I had read, I strongly advise against this place: we paid 70? for 2 main courses of meat, 1 mineral, a coke on tap, 1 side dish and 2 desserts! And, what even more? serious? that my? mixed grill?,? was made up of 4 pieces of meat no more? large of 3 cm per side !! Not more? 50 grams of meat, to be generous, I paid the price of gold! Avoid it, you can find much better at lower prices. contents. See our lunch on the same day.
We return for the night. The day ? was as intense as it was long.
Sunday 14th February 2010.
After a delicious and always panoramic breakfast, we prepare the luggage, settle the bill (160? For 2 nights for a nice room with lake view, excellent breakfast and excellent service, not bad in my opinion!). We leave the hotel, take a last ride in Sirmione to buy some other souvenirs, enjoy an exhibition of vintage cars in the square in front of the entrance to the historic center? really beautiful, so we head towards Milan Linate, and then leave for Palermo at 15.30 pm, always with the recommended Wind Jet.
Not ? been a long vacation, since? we purposely wanted it so, since for the first time they left the children at home, but we had a great time and we saw truly unique places.
I hope you can take ideas and advice from our diary. ?
Laura and Peppe