So what’s to visit around North lake Garda?
What I like about this area is that there are several beautiful places you can visit and they are all nearby. My tour of the North lake Garda area continued towards the town of Drena in the province of Trento, here it is impossible to miss the Romanesque style medieval castle of Drena. The castle, surrounded by walls, proudly stands on a rock with its tower still amazingly intact.
Due to the mild Sub-Mediterranean climate, thanks to the lake, the vegetation is typical of a Mediterranean climate even if it is immersed in the Alpine environment.
The typical local terraced plantations include olive groves, vineyards, chestnut groves and other Mediterranean plants.
The lake of Tenno can be described as a lake that looks like a painter’s palette. The water is so blue, crystal clear and the uncontaminated surroundings make it such a pleasure to the eye and ideal for swimming.
I loved the simphony of crickets singing in unison around the lake, definitely so Mediterranean!
At the heart of Northern Lake Garda you will find the town of Arco, a well-known holiday resort which faces Lake Garda on one side whilst the other end is surrounded by mountains.
The Archiduke Albert of Habsburg built his winter residence here, the “Villa Arciducale” which is surrounded by a beautiful park that hosts exotic and Mediterranean plants.
I loved this fresco.
The Castle of Arco situated just above the town was built by the Counts of Arco and it is one of the most beautiful medieval fortresses you can find in the Alps.
I had a walk around the town and you can find a distinctive Austrian influence in the architechture. All this area belonged to Austria until the First World War.
I entered the tiny church of San Bernardino da Siena built in 1600 which is “hidden” behind the houses. It looked really cute as it is so small!
A very friendly old lady at the window seemed really keen on having a chat: “Hey lovely people what are you doing today?”. I smiled and felt again ever so welcome in this beautiful region.
Before leaving the town I went to the local organic farmers market which takes place every first and third Wednesday of the month.
I had a chat with the market sellers. It was a small market but it provided all the essentials. The “more del gelso” or mulberries are delicious on tarts and I have tried a few. They have an interesting flavour and I think they would make wonderful tarts.
There were also organic jams, preserves and other local specialities. I love visiting farmers markets, my problem is that I would buy everything!