Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 First time to Spain: Seville & Madrid
  2. 2 London: Big Ben- Last Call for 4 Years...
  3. 3 Tours vs solo travel (want to see as much as possible in 3-4 months)
  4. 4 NOTICE: Disruption on the railway line Mannheim-Basel
  5. 5 Athens hotel with Acropolis view from room/balcony
  6. 6 Ischia Earthquake/mobile wifi
  7. 7 de Roma A Como en 6 días
  8. 8 What is the hostess gift you love to give or receive?
  9. 9 Tips for 2018 Eastern Europe trip
  10. 10 Only 3 days: Asturias or French Basque?
  11. 11 Area with nicest countryside--Assisi, Veneto or Emilia?
  12. 12 Rome to Naples/Pompeii
  13. 13 Salzburg itinerary review
  14. 14 Help! Need Itinerary advice for Vacation in the Alps
  15. 15 Last minute trip to Germany and Switzerland
  16. 16 Milan and Lake Como
  17. 17 weekend from cologne germany
  18. 18 Mallorca: Hotel in/near Palma?
  19. 19 Trip Report Estonia, Finland, and Iceland: Summer 2017
  20. 20 Switzerland in September
  21. 21 Mid-late Oct in Slovenia?
  22. 22 Where to eat in Rome?
  23. 23 Montserrat, Spain - Sept 8 or Sept 10?
  24. 24 Neuschwanstein Castle and Munich
  25. 25 Trip Report TRIP REPORT: Paris, Bordeaux, Dordogne, Toulouse, Provence, and more
View next 25 » Back to the top

Malcesine, Riva del Garda, or Limone del Garda (3 night base)

Jump to last reply

Hello

Starting to plot a trip to Northen Italy in late May. I just found out we will coincide with one stage of the Giro d'Italia if we choose these dates. It is the stage starting in Limone, heading through Riva, and then onwards... This is a first trip to Lake Garda.

I had read many good things about Malcesine and was considering a base there before moving on to Lake Como. (Venice before Lake Garda).

It would be nice to see the riders go through. My Mom and I really enjoyed watching two stages of the Tour de France in 2009.

If we stay in Malcesine, we definitely won't see the start in Limone. The ferries don't start that early. I am not even sure we'd see them go through Riva because it would probably be pretty early as they pass through there, too. We are likely to have a car but not certain - and driving from Malcesine to Riva to find a place to park and watch could be an issue on the fly. Meaning: would we get up very early to drive and park only to find out we just missed them.

A long winded way of saying: how doable would it be to go from Malcesine to Riva, early morning, with certain unknown roads closed for this ride? Depending on timing of riders, how early are the ferries running? I have no problems with doing a dry run the night before the race to get our driving bearings. For the Tour, the roads that were closed the day of the race were marked leading up to it so you knew ahead of time.

Finally, would Riva be a better and prettier place to stay than Malcesine? Malcesine looks fairly central/more convenient, but is it as pretty as Riva? Less, more?

Seeing the Giro is a "very nice to do" but not a "must do at all costs". I'll go out of my way to see it but not at the expense of a three day base that will leave the other 2.5 days inconvenient. If that makes sense. This will be the third time we were "kind of close" to the ending of the Giro and we haven't made it yet. This year we will be VERY close, if we go as planned.

Thanks!

11 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement