The beautiful lakeside towns around Lake Garda have charmed foreign
visitors for centuries. Even for the ancient Romans, the area was a
luxury summer destination; in Sirmione and Desenzano you can visit
ruins and mosaics that record their presence. Lake Garda is located in
the north-east of Italy, dividing the regions of Lombardy, the Veneto
and Trentino Alto-Adige. The large lake is long and slim, stretching from
north to south. The southern lakeshore is low, rolling land and fairly
built-up. In contrast, the dramatic fjord-like northern end is surrounded
by towering mountains and cliffs. Most of the lakeside towns are
popular as holiday resorts; they differ in character but all are wellconnected
by boat services.
Visit Isola Del Garda - this beautiful private island is steeped in
history, 130 Gallic-Roman tombstones found on the island prove it
was inhabited during the Roman Empire. It was abandoned when the
Roman Empire declined to become a game resever at the end of
Three of Italy's 20 wine producing regions border Lake Garda. Each
one uses grape varieties which are local to the region to produce a
diverse range of red, white and rose wines. The wine produced here is
of exceptional quality and even better the wine producers love to show
it off to visitors.
Malcesine is a picturesque town with cobblestone lanes and a striking
castle on the edge of the water with the backdrop of Mont Baldo.
Perhaps hop on a cable car to ride up to the top of the mountain for
breathtaking views over the lake. Visit Castello Scaligero which was
once a regal home or stroll through the medieval streets to the Palazzo
Dei Capitani once the headquarters of the ruling Venetian elite.
Venice is a wonderful place to cruise from and a picturesque
place to stay before or after your cruise. 117 small islands
separated by canals and bridges make up Venice - with the
Grand Canal snaking through the centre.
The local water bus (vaporetto) is the cheapest way of getting
around with many water bus stops situated at convenient points
throughout the city. The Journey from the train station will take
you through the grand canal and under the Rialto Bridge all the
way to St Marks Square - representing a great introduction to
the wonders of Venice. When the cruise ships are in a water bus
connects Saint Marks Square to the cruise terminal.
Your Hotel In Venice: The four-star Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth is a
Venetian Palazzo from the 14th century that has been owned by
the fifth generation of the same family. This traditional Venetian
hotel has earned a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor. It
features a courtyard restaurant with international cuisine and
the Restaurant Gabrielli with Venetian cuisine, a bar, roof terrace
and a garden to escape the buzz of this ancient city on the water.
The hotel has its own private boat pier and is only a few minutes
walk from Saint Mark's square, the Doge's Palace, the Basilica of
St. Mark and the Arsenale - offering a fantastic location on the
waterfront and excellent views of the lagoon.
Things to do: Venice is a great place to lose yourself and the track
of time just wandering through the alleyways, over the bridges
and by the canals - utterly charming. Standing in the middle of
the magnificent piazza San Marco is an experience in itself - once
described by Napoleon as the 'drawing room of Europe'. St Mark's
Basilica, Doge's Palace and the clock tower built between 1496
and 1506 - are the city's main attractions.
St. Mark's Basilica, built in the eleventh century, is the most
famous and most recognizable of all the churches in the city of
Venice - nicknamed "Church of Gold". The magnificent Doge's
Palace is one of the most important buildings in Venice. It was the
centre of power, from where the Venetian Republic was ruled.
Construction started in 1301 and was completed in 1450.
The sail-away away from Venice is simply magnificent as the
ship slips through the Grand Canal majestically passing Saint
Mark's Square & escorted by a flotilla of smaller craft. From the
comfort onboard ship you have a bird's eye view across ancient
Venice giving you a true appreciation of the size of the ship you
are sailing on and the juxtaposition of modern luxury onboard
compared with the old world charms of the view.
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