We arrived in Desenzano del Garda a week ago, but I was distracted by Irma headed our way back home. Irma has come and gone and my wife and I have been blessed to have had no damage to our home. Power was out, but I checked our Logitech web cams and find we are back up. Great no loss of food. Many others in Florida and other states were not so lucky. Consider donating to the various groups out to help the recovery.
Lake Garda is an amazing beautiful place. Granite mountains rise up along the shores and little towns and villages appear all over. German is spoke as much as Italian here.
Limone Sul Garda, on the northern end of the lake. Nice day trip from Desenzano del Garda.
More posts will follow as my preoccupation with Irma leaves.
Garda on Garda
No it is not like Metro North it is far more interesting. Arriving at Romes airport from Catania, Sicily we found a ticket booth that would give us all the tickets we needed for our trip. Our final destination was Densanzano del Garda on the largest of Italy’s lakes. We probably could have paid less by going to the ticket booth, but we were running late (as usual),
First we took the Leonardo Express to Rome’s Termini Station. The nonstop train stopped three times due to signal issues but it was still quite fast. We then had to get on the train to Bolzano at which point my wife thought I was crazy and I had to review the route. We would stop at Florence, and Bologna before arriving at Verona Porta Nuova. Here we would take the local train to Desenzano del Garda.
We did not make the first train to Garda, so we have to wait a half hour. If we were not pressed for time, it would not have been stressful. It was a short 15 minute ride to our station where I called our host at Airbnb and he picked us up at the station and brought us to our apartment.
This is my first experience on a high-speed train, it goes fast. In Italy, trains do not go up or down hills when you can build ultra high bridges or tunnels instead. Riding for 10 minutes in a tunnel at high speeds is an experience. All in all, Italy does a great job with the trains. Would do it again, especially after the city driving in Sicily.
We were taking Train 8524 to Bolzano, but there was no track assigned till 10 min before departure. The locals just said ……normale.
In 2014 about 40 people from Middletown, CT went to Sicily to visit the town in which many had roots. This was Melilli high above the sea and a short drive to Siracusa. One day many of us went to the market in Siracusa and that became one of the gastronomical highlights of the trip. We all made purchases and picknicked in the park. Yesterday Angela and I went back and recreated some of the highlights of that day. Today The NY Times had an article on Eataly in NYC and how great it was for food and produce. It can not compare to the real thing.
On the left, the green items are pistachios in many forms from chopped, grated and a farina.
This was our first purchase, it came home for dinner. Delicious.
Amazing fresh fruits that have been grown close to us, not thousands of miles away. The peaches were delicious.
OK there is also some seafood.
Enough about food for now, Later in our trip we will be attempting to visit all the markets in Roma.
OK this is to all you seniors out there. In the past senior discounts were restricted to EU residents. Recently more places are extending the discounts to everyone. It never hurts to ask, may not work in the Uffizi or other major attractions. Worked in Castelbuono, and in Tindari both in Sicily. Text from my UltraLingua dictionary.
La spiaggia is where it’s at in Augustbin Sicily.
All over the beaches are crowded. There are charges at many beaches for the use of umbrellas and lounge chairs. Fees range from €10-20 depending on weekends or holidays. You have it for the entire day plus use of the WC and the showers.
It is also possible to find some beaches with no crowds
Here we found a beach near the port of Cefalù. There was a bar about 300 meters away where you could use the WC with no charge. The port area is one of the few places you can park and avoid the €14 daily charge.