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On the Shores of Lake Garda

Thanks to adrenaline, many shots of espresso and pure excitement, we have managed to have a wonderful day despite having slept less than three hours. After a smooth, but lengthy flight, we landed in the beautiful city of Milan. From there, we met up with our enthusiastic tour guide Markus, who took us to beautiful Sirmione, the pearl of the Lake Garda region, where we began our adventure.

Desenzano lighthouse
The lighthouse in Desenzano

Upon arrival we marveled at the incredible architecture of the Rocca Scaligera castle that sits picturesquely on the shores of Lake Garda. The castle, which once was known for its military importance, is now a tourist hot spot for incredible views of Sirmione (if you’re not afraid of heights).

After freshening up in our very spacious hotel rooms, we took a short excursion to Desenzano, another city on the shores of Lake Garda. We really enjoyed Desenzano because it is not a typical tourist location.

My roommate Kristin and I had the best cappucinio at an outdoor café while we watched the people and took in the beautiful scenery. Our favorite part of Desenzano was a lighthouse surrounded by boats and local families enjoying gelato and each other’s company.

Tomorrow we will update you from Venice after our gondola ride along the canal.

Ciao!

Julie

Rocca Scaligera

The Rocca Scaligera castle was once known for its military importance.