Italy and Europe: travel and leisure
One cannot but be carried away by the beauty of the most picturesque Italian lake Garda, located at the foot of the Alps. Near it are several dozen villages where tourists are welcome. Acquaintance with several alpine villages or towns during the day is not a problem, because the distance between them can be no more than several hundred meters.
If, after reading this article, you seriously think about a trip to Lake Garda, then it is worth remembering that Russians can visit Italy only if they have a Schengen visa.
If not, you will have to contact the Italian Consulate in Moscow to open the very visa, as you see here. Read more about the work of the Italian consulate in Moscow here. What to do on Lake Garda Here you can not only enjoy the natural beauties, but also engage in active sports. Windsurfing. For this sport it is better to go to the town of Riva del Garda. Here wild swans and ducks walk freely along the river beach and not be afraid of people.
On the shore, you can contact the rental companies that are ready to give use of equipment for 100 euros per day. If you need advice from an instructor, pay an additional 40 euros. After sports, you can calmly turn gray and relax in local bars and cafes. Trekking will be relevant for those who love mountain hiking. It is not better for local tourists to bring along a professional instructor who will advise on the route, depending on the physical preparation of vacationers and on how many days the trip is designed. If you go on your own, then consider that most routes begin in the village of Musaga.
All routes are marked with special ribbons so as not to get lost. Mountain biking. Depending on the physical preparation of the tourist, you can just ride along the coast or, having strong muscles, ride into the mountains. It will be pleasant to travel between settlements similar to medieval ones or watch how olives and cypresses grow in local groves. In order not to get lost, it is better to purchase a map with a bicycle route in advance at your hotel. You do not have to go here with your bike. It can also be rented. The cost will be in the range of 3-15 euros, depending on whether the bike is taken for an hour or a day.
Where to go There will be something to do for those who like a more relaxing holiday. What to visit and what to do for such tourists. Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Crown. To get from the lake to it is only 20 km (Spiazzi village). Its peculiarity is that the temple is located on a steep rock in a depression. In the place of the modern sanctuary in the 15th century there was a small monastic village. Here, the staircase that Jesus himself walked was recreated.
Gardaland Park looks like a small fairyland in the middle of Italy. The author of the project was a local millionaire who had the idea to build an amusement park that would be no worse than Disneyland. The first visitors came here 6 months after the start of construction. Attractions and thematic zones (the country of the Cartoons, Atlantis, which sank, the zone of the Middle Ages and Ancient Egypt, Mini Hawaiian Islands and Outer Space) are constantly being modernized.
Scaligerian castle. It was built by the dynasty of the same name. This is one of the structures of these places, which has best preserved its original appearance. The representatives of the dynasty were engaged in the active construction of their estates in the 12-13th century. To protect it from enemies, a ditch with water was specially dug and a wall with battlements was built. A must-see place for tourists is the 47-meter observation tower. Thermal waters in Lazise and Sirmione. Thanks to them, the attractiveness of the place is enhanced. On the territory of the first thermal spring you can stay all day for 22 euros, the second will cost more – 53 euros. There are many museums here that will help you get to know more about local crafts and the lives of residents. One of them – the Museum of Olive Oil, began its work in 1888. The idea was opened by the owners of a local mini-plant for the production of olive oil. And not in vain, because it has been mined here for almost 2000 years.