The Lake Garda Hotels Guide, offer Trekking possibilities and visits, in the Island of Garda. Muche information and Service directly in our Website. The Island is situated on the Brescian side of Lake Garda, a short distance from San Felice del Benaco and it has been the expression of mysticism for centuries (St.Francis of Assisi founded a small community). Today it owes its fascination to the extraordinary Venetian neo-Gothic style villa, designed by the architect Luigi Rovelli at the beginning of the 20th century; an imposing harmonious building, rich in surprising architectonic details. It boasts a beautiful 18th century painting by Carlo Carloni. Below, the terraces and Italian gardens slope down to the lake. All around the vegetation is luxuriant and intact, rich in local, exotic plants, rare essences and unique flowers. A harmonious wood of pines and cypresses, acacias and lemon trees, magnolias and agaves. The Island of Garda is magic and mystery. The birdsong seems to be the joyous voice of the soul of those who, over the centuries, have respected, looked after and loved it.

Somebody may not perfectly know that the visit throughout the wine and gastronomy path in the territory of Brescia is offering a lot of surprises. Early traditions are restored in matter of food taste, colours and aromas and are proposed nowadays with ingredients belonging to a broad territory, made of mountains, large lakes and fertile planes, offering a vast specific assortment of products.


Wines

The quality DOC of the products of the Garda area, and in particular of the Valtenesi, has been mentioned as “Classic”, an adjective gathering many meanings among the experts, since this denomination is given only to the very old cultivation vineyard areas and which imposes that all producers must be conscious that in their caves only top quality wines must be produced.
The variety of the white and red wines harmonically combines with a highly charming landscape, among hills, olive trees and Mediterranean gorgeous vegetation. In this land also the “Chiaretto” is produced, “the one night wine”; this name comes from the particular and unique system of vineyards (with a special procedure effected in one night) by every producer and which gives to this wine a particular and unique colour, perfume and fragrance.
The excellent combination of this wine to lake fish and extra quality olive oil (all products of the Garda area) make for one day the tourists become expert sommeliers, involved in the comparisons of the different kinds of Chiaretto, in the middle of the deep beauty of the landscape, that stimulates the people to wonderful voyages on the lake, Confining with the Valtenesi, there is a small area on the back of Sirmione, called Lugana.
The wine produced here has colourful reflects (from the bright yellow to most golden tonalities) combined with a unique aroma, immediately recognised for the delicacy and harmony of its taste, rich in personality. To speak about this wine is quite difficult and the best thing to do is to discover the Lugana with a good plate of lake fish.
The presence of such important wine has developed the birth of the “Wine Roads”, associations proposing to give value to both products and territory. The “Wine Roads” constitute a source of precious information for the visitors, and are in the position to supply updated news and to give qualified assistance on caves visits, cultural excursions and shopping of excellent products.
The “Wine Roads” are a cultural trend, although promotional, quickly developing in all Italy and representing an important element for territorial value.

 

Typical cheese


The Bagoss, typical cheese of the
Sabbia valley; hard and low in fat, mature and characteristic of this area, it represents one of the most interesting and researched products, also thanks to its unmistakable flavour.
We suggest the buy of the Bagoss directly at the dairy producing places, among the lakes, forests and mountains, forming an environment of great charm and transferring to this cheese the unique savours of its land.
Also the mountain area of the Camonica valley offers, since early times, a number of dairy goods. Their names are sometimes unknown (not only to foreigners): small cheese forms but very aromatic, delicate cheese, mature products evocating mountain flavours, combined with thousands of other savoured goods, created in mountain farms and taking to exciting and particular discoveries.

 

Olive Oil


The hills of the Garda and Iseo lakes present a primary production of excellent olive oil, with their harmonic structure and fruity and low acidity taste.
From the numerous olive trees, fundamental components of the lake landscape, a perfect oil is created, characterising the local as well as the international food.
This is a product of top quality, even though of a limited output, appreciated by the experts and present everywhere. The growing international demand has given a push to the cultivation of olive trees and to an increase in its production, although developed in the respect of the environment with strict control rules; but it is this protection effected to grant quality and origin in the Brescia province that makes its production limited.
It is better then to hurry the buying of this product, maybe during the nice and folkloristic events that accompany the time for the oil maturation, combined with particular food and involving tourists and experts.
It is never to forget that the use of the olive oil in the restaurant cooking is something more than a genuine and quality ingredient, but it becomes a gift, as well as an ambassador of the Brescia tradition.