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Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

This was our second trip to Lake Garda. We went years ago while we were on holiday in Myerhofen in Austria. During that trip we went on an organized day tour to Venice and stopped on route in Riva del Garda. It was really, really hot and instead of looking at the town, we went swimming in the lake. We then travelled rather wet on the bus all the way to Venice. There was no danger of us going swimming on this trip. It was way too cold. We visited two places on Lake Garda this trip: Peschiera del Garda and Desenza.

Before our visit we had an argument because we had only intended to go to one place on Garda. I really wanted to go to Desenzano and Peter really wanted to go to Peschiera del Garda. We worked out that by the time we would get there we would only have about two and a half hours of light. We decided to go to Peschiera del Garda for an hour then take the train to Desenzano, but we both really liked Peschiera del Garda so we stayed longer and we only got to Desenzano for about half an hour of light. This was the right choice for us though as we found Peschiera del Garda to be a lovely yet real sort of place and Desenzano much more touristy and twee.

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It is narrowest at its northern end which is surrounded by mountains, Riva del Garda, is here and broadest and flattest at its southern end around Peschiera del Garda and Desenzano.

Gardaland.

Peschiera del Garda is the gateway to Gardaland. Don't get me wrong I did not go to Gardaland. I just noticed lots of adverts for Gardaland when I got off the train at Peschiera del Garda and then noticed the free shuttle buses which leave from just outside the station. If you have children or you just like theme parks, you may pass through Peschiera del Garda on your way to the theme park. Gardaland opened in 1975 and includes a Sea life, roller coasters and a hotel among other attractions. If you are not travelling by car then coming from Milan, Verona or Brescia by train and then taking the free bus is probably your best route to the theme park.

Gardaland Advertisement at the station. - Lago di Garda

Gardaland Advertisement at the station. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda Fortress.

We spent most of our time in Peschiera del Garda wandering around the remains of its fortifications. Peschiera del Garda once had a fortress. It was situated on an island in the River Mincio, not far from Lake Garda. This fortress played an important role during the Napoleonic wars. In 1848 during the First Italian War of Independence, this fortress was captured from the Austrians by the Piedmontese. Nowadays only walls, gateways, moats and the occasional cannon remains. We wandered around these remains, enjoying the views over the river, lake and town from the walls.

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

The Mincio River - Lago di Garda

The Mincio River - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress.

The fortress remains actually cover quite a large area. The remains were strengthened and added to at various points in history. In the middle of the sixteenth century, the Venetians gained control of the town and strengthened its defences. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Austrians expanded the fort and made it one of the corners of the Quadruple Alliance along with Mantua, Verona, and Legnano.

Ruins of the fortress. - Lago di Garda

Ruins of the fortress. - Lago di Garda

Ruins of the fortress. - Lago di Garda

Ruins of the fortress. - Lago di Garda

Ruins of the fortress. - Lago di Garda

Ruins of the fortress. - Lago di Garda

Ruins of the fortress. - Lago di Garda

Ruins of the fortress. - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress - Lago di Garda

The remains of the fortress - Lago di Garda

The Streets of Peschiera del Garda.

The streets of Peschiera del Garda are located among the fortifications. Many are on the banks of the river. There are narrow streets, some old buildings, lots of restaurants. The town has a pleasant atmosphere.

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake.

Peschiera del Garda has a small jetty sticking out into the lake from which I think you can catch some boats. I don't think it has a scenic lakeside walkway. It is more of a working town than a tourism town.

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda down by the lake. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda Santa comes to town.

Peschiera del Garda had some interesting Christmas decorations. One was a rather large Santa Claus. There was also a small Christmas market, but I did not photograph it.

Peschiera del Garda Santa comes to town. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda Santa comes to town. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda Santa comes to town. - Lago di Garda

Peschiera del Garda Santa comes to town. - Lago di Garda

Desenzano.

Desenzano. - Lago di Garda

Desenzano. - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Castle.

We really only had a very rushed look around Desenzano. On our walk from the train station to the lake I suddenly spotted the castle, so we took a slight detour to visit. I have read you can go in, but it was closed when we got there. There were lovely views over Desenzano from the castle. Desenzano Castle dates back to the year 1000. It was enlarged at the end of the fifteenthth century. It was most recently renovated in 2007.

Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle - Lago di Garda

Views from Desenzano Castle.

From Desenzano Castle there were beautiful views out over the town and the lake. We got there just as the light was beginning to fade as we looked at the views we could hear music from a nearby cafe.

The Streets of Desenzano.

Some of Desenzano's streets were quite picturesque narrow, winding streets with colourful houses. One of the main streets was lit up by a Christmas light show after darkness fell.

The Streets of Desenzano - Lago di Garda

The Streets of Desenzano - Lago di Garda

The Streets of Desenzano - Lago di Garda

The Streets of Desenzano - Lago di Garda

The Streets of Desenzano - Lago di Garda

The Streets of Desenzano - Lago di Garda

The streets of Desenzano. - Lago di Garda

The streets of Desenzano. - Lago di Garda

The streets of Desenzano. - Lago di Garda

The streets of Desenzano. - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Harbour.

Desenzano has a picturesque harbour. Apparently the tourist office is located here. It had a nativity scene on display in the harbour and I love nativity scenes, but I found this one rather over the top with life size figures standing on boats and located in some windows around the harbour. Too much! The houses around the harbour are colourful and there were several little boats bobbing up and down on the waves.

Desenzano Harbour - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Harbour - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Harbour - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Harbour - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Harbour - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Harbour - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Lakefront.

Although there is a busy road to one side of you, there is also a walkway along the lakeside at Desenzano. There are many large ships around. I believe you can take a boat from here to Sirmione and other places around the lake.

Desenzano Lakefront - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Lakefront - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Lakefront - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Lakefront - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Lakefront - Lago di Garda

Desenzano Lakefront - Lago di Garda

Northern Garda.

Many years ago we went on an organized day trip from Mayerhofen in Austria to Venice and stopped in Garda. I think it was Riva del Garda. This was in the middle of summer and we went swimming in the lake. The northern end of the lake is narrower and more mountainous than the southern end. I found and scanned my old photos of the trip to include them on my blog.

Northern Garda - Lago di Garda

Northern Garda - Lago di Garda

Northern Garda - Lago di Garda

Northern Garda - Lago di Garda

Northern Garda - Lago di Garda

Northern Garda - Lago di Garda

Northern Garda - Lago di Garda

Northern Garda - Lago di Garda

Posted by irenevt 23:37 Archived in Italy

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I have always wanted to go to the Italian lakes but so far not got around to it. I think of it as a summer destination but the light in your winter photos is rather lovely :)

by ToonSarah

Hi Sarah, I think it would be beautiful at any time of the year though of course in summer you can swim there.

by irenevt

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