Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Peschiera, Sirmione and a villa with a view.

Today we headed west from Verona on a train that, from the outside at least, looked as if it had survived an avalanche! No matter though as the journey to Peschiera took just under fifteen minutes and the little town that awaits is well worth a visit. Sat neatly within fortified walls, the old town sits at the very southern tip of Lake Garda and is the perfect place to start exploring this beautiful part of northern Italy.
The harbour and its many different sized boats dominate the town and the views of the snow-capped mountains in the distance don't do it any harm at all. Don't rush to leave Peschiera, although the crystal blue waters of the lake and the terracotta roofs of distant buildings may be calling, as you might just miss out on a gem.
After a time we jumped on the bus to Sirmione, a small town some twenty minutes up the road crammed on a spit of land that juts out into the lake. I had read about this place and really wanted to visit the incredible Roman villa that lies at the very end of the peninsula. The town itself is lovely, with a 13th century castle guarding its entrance and is made up of enough shops, bars and restaurants enough to keep the visitors happy. a quick note here, try the ice cream!!
The town is busy, but most people do not seem to visit the villa to the north and don't take the beautifully scenic, twisting path. The Roman remains were quiet, peaceful and incredible all into one, showing just what money, power and expertise could achieve so many years ago.
The views from here, across the lake to Garda, are just as superb and need to be experienced.
This is another place that I need to re-visit!

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