Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake.
It lies in the north and its shores are dotted with pretty towns and villages, some of which I’ve blogged about before.
Bardolino is on the east shore of the lake, where there’s a significant bulge.
The lake attracts tourists and day-trippers from Germany, Austria, England and Italy (and other countries too, I’m sure).
Bardolino is touristy: full of hotels, camping sites, cafés and restaurants.
But the town is also very picturesque with boats, attractive buildings and pretty flowers.
Bardolino even has an art deco cinema.
One of the best things about the town is its lovely, wide, well-maintained walking slash cycling paths.
Yes, it gets a bit chaotic on a sunny Sunday afternoon – walkers, cyclists, children, dogs and wheelchairs all in together – but the mild chaos puts me in a holiday frame of mind.
Along these paths, we walked and talked for hours last Sunday, which was exactly what we needed to do.
We also poked about in the shops. I spotted a neon blue summer bag that I liked. It’s overpriced at the moment, but I shall keep it in mind for when the sales start in early July.
Bardolino’s restaurants and cafés cater to the tourists and day-trippers but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
We had a delicious taglioni zucchine e gamberetti (home-made, long, thin pasta with zucchini and prawns) and some seppia alla griglia (grilled cuttlefish) at a restaurant called agli Oleandri. The dishes were a little heavy on the garlic, and the bill, with drinks included was about 38 euros, so not cheap.
Later we had some very good gelati.
It’s been a while since I’ve had such a relaxing Sunday.
Here’s hoping summer 2012 will contain other such days. I will need them if all the seismic activity we’ve been having lately continues.