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Lake Garda: Malcesine and Val di Sogno

When you realise that either Milan, Verona or Venice is only a two-hour flight away from Amsterdam, and you get invited along for a girls weekend in Italy, it’s impossible to say no. A last-minute ticket was booked without blinking twice, I met my friend at Venice Airport as she flew in from London, we picked up a (upgraded 🙂 ) rental car, and on our way we went. We were going to do a bit of a whistle-stop tour; we only had a weekend and we wanted to explore Lake Garda and its cute little towns as much as possible.

We stayed at Val di Sogno, which means ‘valley of dreams’, and a dream it was! My friend found the most amazing hotel overlooking the lake.


Hotel Val di Sogno is located in a lovely quiet bay close to Malcesine, and the hotel was just perfect. After driving bendy roads for a while, arriving at the hotel late afternoon, it was the perfect reward to relax with a glass of wine, enjoying the views from our balcony.


The lake is perfect for a swim, but if you like knowing what’s below you, the inviting pool is great for a refreshing dip too.


The town of Malcesine is a 5 minute drive away, it’s really quaint and it has a lot to offer. Cute streets and even cuter inhabitants.


The only aim you should have in Malcesine is to get lost, follow that cute alley to find another lovely store or great view.


We were lucky to be here early morning; I reckon in high season it gets rather touristy here.



It’s a great place for photographers too: the light is really special.


If you want to get a bit more adventurous, you can take the cable cart up Monte Baldo. You change half way and get in a huge rotating gondola to enjoy 360 degree views.

When you reach the top after 20 minutes, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views over the Italian Alps.


You can even take your bike or hike down if you want to get active. Something I will most certainly do next time!


And I am certain that a next time won’t be long as it’s the perfect spot for a romantic weekend with my man. 🙂


I’ll share more travel stories soon, but if you really need an Italy-fix, you can always check out my stories about Como last year here and here. Oh, and here. 🙂

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    12 September 2016 at 19:39

    Such gorgeous photos!

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