Part two of my minibreak to Italy brought us to a smaller lake, Lago d’Iseo, where I have spent quite a few holidays as a teenager with my parents. Being so close, I could not resist showing my friend around this lovely lake and the quaint little village of Iseo that holds no secrets for me. It’s where I drank my first Martini Bianco (and actually liked it, can you imagine?) and where slick Italians likened my 18 year old self and dito-aged girlfriend to Brigitte Bardot and Kim Basinger (really, did we look that old back then?).
The lovely long boulevard offers great views over the lake, a plethora of places to eat and drink, and at the end awaits a reward.
Ice cream in Italy just is one of the best things in the world, so you can not got to Iseo without getting a refreshing gelato from Leon d’Oro.
If you are able to choose from so many delicious flavours that is (and this pic just shows a fraction of the options).
When you’ve finished your gelato, turn right around the corner, and you’ll find a lovely Galleria with cute boutiques and coffee places. If you’re lucky, there might be a market too.
On the way back to Garda, we took the long way around as we wanted to see Riva del Garda too. The drive was amazing, a pass through the mountains, giving us epic views over a few other lakes we came across while being stuck behind a camper. A few hairpins bends later, we arrived at Riva del Garda on the North of the lake.
Riva del Garda is alright: it has colourful waterfront properties, old buildings, a harbour full of sailboats, pine trees, but it also has a tourist or 3000 too many. Great for a day trip, but I would not stay here personally.
On to Limone we went (told you it was a whistle-stop tour) which was a 20 minute drive away. I love anything citrus: lemon, lime, orange. I just love the zesty refreshing taste, so I was quite sure I was going to like this place.
Limone is a small waterfront community, with bendy, hilly streets and street signs with lemons on them.
This cute village has been found by tourists too, but I felt it had just way more charm than Riva.
I didn’t spend enough time in Limone on this occasion, so I hope to be back at some point, because when life gives you lemons…
… You make limoncello… 🙂