By Mel & Karen Ray
Heavy overcast forecast Hi 60's
Goal of the day - drive completely around Lake Garda ... ~70 miles ... sounds like a 'piece-of-cake' but factor in the roads ... VERY narrow ... a challenge greater or equal to "Tail-of-the-Dragon" in N. Carolina (Mel's Biker Buds understand ... 318 turns in 11 miles) ... 'get the picture?' ... FUN !
Every village having it's own 'character' and endless, breathless scenic spots. We could bore anyone to tears with all the pictures we captured today. So, we want to focus on what is considered the prettiest spot on Lake Garda ... Punta San Vigilio. The walk from the road is a 'tree tunnel' of huge cypress (approximately 90' tall ... see photo giving specs of one that was blown over Aug. 1995) ... then walk the cobblestone, walled entrance to find a restaurant of tables atop the seawall that provides private docking. We had to have a cappuccino and soak in the grandeur.
From Riva del Garda to Tignale the road climbs to 2,000' providing more spectacular views of the Lake. The travel guide warns the road can test even the most experienced drivers ... BELIEVE THAT WARNING! ... but what fun !!!
Back to our hotel ... we were worn ... decision to walk next door for dinner ... good decision as a gentle rain began.
We highly recommend a visit to Lake Garda ... not eager to leave.
Mel & Karen