At the very end of our 12-day trip to Italy last year, my husband and I visited the beautiful Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake, in the northern part of the country. The lake has a diverse landscape, with beaches covering the southern shore and rocky cliffs along the northern shore.
Lake Garda is a wonderful place to wander and do some shopping, but when it comes times to stop for a snack, head straight to Pasticceria Andemariam (located at Galleria Barchetta, 25015 Desenzano Del Garda). The pasticceria's flaky, buttery pastries were some of the best we found in Italy, like this mile-high twist on the cinnamon roll topped with sweet powdered sugar. Not for those counting calories.
On a visit to Lake Garda, stop at the Pasticceria Andemariam, grab a delicious pastry and rich latte, and enjoy your snack from a bench overlooking the crystal-clear lake.
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Explore Italy's Lake Garda by Boat
One of the things my husband and I enjoyed most during a trip to Italy was a visit to the beautiful Lakes District in Northern Italy. We especially liked scenic Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake.
Situated about half-way between Venice and Milan, Lake Garda is not a place you'll want to rush through. Wander through the small, rustic hamlets surrounding the lake; buy a gelato and enjoy it while sitting on a bench overlooking the crystal blue water.
One of the more fun ways to explore Lake Garda is by boat. There are a several options for boating on Lake Garda: You can travel quickly from one place to another on a hydrofoil or catamaran, or you can buy a ticket for one of the slower pleasure boats if you want to be on the water a bit longer. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can even rent your own boat, either for one day or multiple days, to see the lake at your leisure.
Whichever option you choose, tickets for the tour boats are available at any of Lake Garda's many docks. The ticket allows you to get on and off the boats at will, so you can cross the lake to one of the scenic towns, have lunch, walk around a bit and do some shopping, and the jump back on a later boat for the return trip. Each dock posts the boat schedules, and if you ask the dock attendant he or she can give you a printed schedule as well.
Whatever option you choose, enjoying the beautiful Lake Garda by boat is an experience you won't soon forget.