We are letting a sweet self-contained apartment which is part of a charming brick-built family house on the outskirts of Bardolino on Lake Garda, in the lower half of the 'Riviera of Olive Groves', where the lake is at its widest and the Mediterranean vegetation bountiful. Hills and vines always make pretty scenery, but there is none prettier than those of Bardolino, facing the lake and the sunset, a serene pattern of vineyards, olive trees, cypresses, castles and Veronese villas in pale pink stone, set on gentle slopes, lit up by the shimmer of lake-reflected light. It deserves to be called charming, and produces a wine to match. The apartment is generously furnished and equipped, having previously been used by members of our family. It has a large terrace wth a view of the lake.
The Area: The location of the apartment is ideal for touring the Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige regions, and for visiting many of the great cities of north Italy: Verona (half an hour's driving time), Vicenza, Mantova, Trento, Bergamo (1 hour), Venice and Milan (2 hours) and Bologna (2.5 hours). There are wonderful walks, from strolls along the lake shore to Lazise, Bardolino and Garda, to hikes in the surrounding hills and climbs in the mountains (perhaps with the help of a cable-car). You can hire bikes and scooters, pedalos and motor-boats.
Finally, if, like me, you worry about the effect of flying on our environment, there is a very pleasant train route, at least from the south of England. Take the Eurostar to Paris Nord, cross to Gare de Bercy, and take the night train to Verona arriving 7.25am. For other train routes, see www.seat61.com
Entertainment: Take a steamer to visit some of the other little towns on the lake, including the famous Sirmione, or spend a day at a theme park such as Gardaland, Caneva World of Water or Safari Zoo, all just a few miles away. Historic gardens, castles, vineyards, cafe's and restaurants to suit every budget - what's missing here? Only noisy traffic: no-one but residents drive on the road that leads to the property.
Before you leave this page:: A thorough clean of the apartment between visitors is included in the price.
Arrangements and instructions are all handled in England - see 'Contact'.
Accessible airports are Verona, Milan Bergamo, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Venice, (in order of closeness). There are public transport connections or we can arrange for a local taxi to meet flights.
For one-bedroom and studio apartments in a lovely condominium in Garda, the next little town to Bardolino, see also property number 1956.