Lake Garda from Verona-Plan B

Old Nov 5th, 2012, 09:52 AM
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Lake Garda from Verona-Plan B

My thanks to those who commented on my original thread.

The plan now would be to take the train from Verona to Pescheria (or would taking a bus be better?) and then take one of the ferries north to some scenic point on the lake, spend time there, and then perhaps take the bus back to Verona. Could also do the trip in reverse.

The question becomes is there some scenic town on the lake to which/from which we could travel. Malcesine comes to mind but I am wondering if this whole thing would be worth the effort?

We enjoyed our time when we stayed on the shores of Lake Como and some have said Lake Garda is even more scenic.

Thanks very much for any comments.
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Old Nov 5th, 2012, 10:03 AM
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I did it the other way around, stayed for a week in Garda and did a day trip to Verona.

I don't think Lake Garda is more scenic than Lake Como. Anyway, I wouldn't spend much time at the flat (southern) end of Lake Garda. Don't know about timetables, but I think taking a bus to Garda (where the mountains begin) would be a good idea, from there take a boat up north.

Malcesine is picturesque and attracts the crowds. If you have the time, take the cable car up to Monte Baldo - very scenic.
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Old Nov 5th, 2012, 10:35 AM
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Ingo,

Thank you for this information. I am going to be staying at a hotel in Verona for three nights because I have tickets for opera performances in the arena on all three of those nights.

My thinking is being that close to Lake Garda and having been to Verona before and done the various sights there it might be a good way to spend one of the days (the opera performances don't start until later in the evenings.

Perhaps the whole idea isn't worth the time and trouble but i thought I'd try to get some opinions from folks who have been to the lake and I appreciate yours very much.
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Old Nov 6th, 2012, 11:25 AM
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Dukey,

I think it is a very good idea to see Lake Garda. It also means to escape the heat in Verona for some hours

In summer the buses between Verona and Lake Garda run frequently (every hour, I think), and it's not that long of a ride. One route is along the eastern shore up to Riva, that's the one I'd recommend. Boats should also run on a frequent schedule.

There are a couple of nice smaller towns between Garda and Malcesine, like Torri del Benaco e.g. where you could spend an hour and wait for the next bus or the next boat.

The Scaligeri castles in Malcesine and Torri are worth to see. Also the lively small alleys with typical old houses in the old towns. Be prepared it will be very busy (Lots of German tourists). Definitely do the cable car ride up to Monte Baldo - very scenic, and nice short walks plus lots of blooming flowers (it's famous for that).

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Ingo, thanks again for taking the time to offer these recommendations as they are very helpful.
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Dukey1, check the ferry website for excursions of the lake that include lunch. The only one listed right now is for New Year's Eve, so I'm guessing you'll have to wait until the summer timetables are loaded.

http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/g_illago.html
[click on 'Cruises and Trips']
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Don't dismiss the lower end of Lake Garda too easily, as the towns like Bardolino, Peschiera, Sirmione and Desenzano are great to visit. There's lots to see and do in all of them whilst I found Malcesine to be OK for the trip up Monte Baldo but unprepossessing otherwise.

Ideally, and I don't know whether you want to do this, but hire a car and drive from Verona. It's an easy trip taking less than an hour and then you can drive all the way round the lake in a full day. It gives you the opportunity to visit Limone as well as Riva. If you don't want to drive then your original thought was good. Train to Peschiera and use the ferries to criss cross the lake.
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Rubicund and Jean,

Thank you very much for these suggestions. i am still trying to decide the best way to do this and I haven't ruled out either taking a ferry "excursion or renting a car in Verona for the day.
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