Interrail Adventure 2018 Day 11: Cruising gorgeous Lake Garda – Italy’s largest lake (Part 1)

Italy is undoubtedly an amazing summer destination! Beautiful weather, must-see attractions, great nature and cities, and delicious cuisine! We stayed in Peschiera del Garda, a resort town located on the southern tip of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. And first on our itinerary was a day-trip to Mount Baldo, which involved a hi-speed ferry and an exciting cablecar ride. Lake Garda is 370 km² in size and around 52 kms in length! Its crystal clear, aquamarine water is clearly engraved in my mind up to this day.

Malcesine, Italy

08:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel Pilotto; Walk towards the port

Free breakfast at the hotel we stayed at was simple but tasty. The owner themselves offered as beverages of coffee and juice. Afterwards, we walked towards the port, which took us about 10 minutes. We walked along a military ground, so we were careful not to take photos. We also passed by a railway bridge where trains from Venice to Milan pass by.

Breakfast | Hotel Pilotto | 2018
Peschiera del Garda | 2018
Peschiera del Garda | 2018

08:50 Marina of Peschiera del Garda

The marina was absolutely impressive! Clean roads, mindful traffic and flowering plants all over the place! And the waters of Lake Garda? Have I said it was crystal clear, aquamarine? It was really impressive. There was also a Monument to the Fallen in Wars in the middle of the plaza.

Peschiera del Garda | 2018
Monument to the Fallen in Wars | 2018
Peschiera del Garda | 2018

09:00 AM Cruising Lake Garda

One could take a usual motorboat or a hi-speed catamaran. They run at different times, and at different costs. We opted to take the hi-speed one and it was really thrilling! We seemed liked floating on water, with the catamaran hull cutting through Lake Garda. We paid 34,40 euros each for the return tickets. Unfortunately, they did not give student discounts. Timetable here: http://www.tuttogarda.it/orari-traghetti-lago-garda-inverno-2018-2019.htm

Cruising Lake Garda | 2018
Cruising Lake Garda | 2018
Cruising Lake Garda | 2018

The boat stopped by Sirmione, Lazise, Bardolino, Garda, Portese, Salo, Gardone, Maderno, Gargnano, and Brenzone before arriving at Malcesine, our destination.

Sirmione | 2018
Salo | 2018
Gardone | 2018
Gargnano | 2018
Gargnano | 2018
Cruising Lake Garda | 2018

11:30 AM Arrival at Malcesine

After 2,5 hours, we made it to Malcesine, a cozy Italian town on the foot of Mount Baldo! Malcesine was a really charming place, with a welcoming atmosphere and a laidback nature. I’d write more about Malcesine on the next entry 😉

The long boatride made us really hungry, so we decided to share some pizza first before heading out to the cable car station.

Malcesine | 2018
Malcesine | 2018
Italian pizza | 2018

Just by looking at the photos makes me want to rewind life and be back in Italy once more, that summer of 2018. It was my second visit in the country actually, but the first time was spent in Rome. Seriously, I think, when I run out of new travel destinations, I’d love to go on a long visit to Italy and see the entire country. Can you imagine why almost all of its cities are.. famous? 😉 #spreadlove

Happy travelers in Malcesine ❤ | 2018
Malcesine, Italy

 

 

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