Nestled at the foot of the Morainic hills, at the southern end of Lake Garda, you will find the picturesque and chic resort of Bardolinio. This ever-popular town offers bags of old school charm, an idyllic lakeside location, fine shopping and waterfront dining. And of course, for wine lovers, there are plenty of opportunities to sample the ruby red Bardolino wine, for which the town is famous.
Located just 30km West of Verona, it's the perfect base or stop of point whilst discovering this delightful region.
What to do
One of the big draws for visitors to Bardolino has to be its famous namesake wine. Whether that's a tour of surrounding vineyards, discovering more about its history and process in one of its fascinating museums, or simply sitting back and enjoying a glass or two in this most picturesque of settings.
Start with a trip to the Museo del Vino, situated just off the main road, within the Zeni Winery. This aromatic museum offers displays of grape baskets, cooper's tools and gigantic timber presses. There are free tastings of Zani's red, white and rose wines, or you can pay to sample some of the fine vintage wines, including barrel aged Amarone. Sample more famous, local, produce at the Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva. Situated 2km south of Bardolino in Cisano, this well laid out museum charts the history of olive oil production around Lake Garda as well as how the crop is harvested today. There is also a well stocked shop upstairs.
Back in town, a wander around Bardolino's fantastic range of shops is not to be missed. You will find everything from quality leather goods, fine arts and designer clothing. The fantastic selection draws local Italians as well as tourists, all looking for that something special.
Where to eat
There are no shortage of places to eat in Bardolino, but it's worth heading away from the local tourist traps to discover some fine local dining. For gourmet dining head to Il Giardino delle Esperidi. This intimate little osteria offers local delicacies, a seasonal menu and fantastic wine list.
For seafood lovers try La Virata del Pesce. This hidden gem of a restaurant offers a fine selection of reasonably priceed seafood and pasta dishes as well as a complimentary drink on arrival. The best gelato can be found at the family run Cristallo, a firm favourite since its opening in 1969. Join the lengthy queues to savour the delicious flavours.
For authentic Bardolino atmosphere, head to the popular La Bottega del vino. This no nonsense wine bar is packed with locals and tourists alike, enjoying its lively atmosphere.
How to get there
Being situated just off the north south motorway between Austria - Verona, Milan - Venice motorway, Bardolino is very easy to reach by car. It is also well served by a selection of airports and low cost airlines. The nearest airports can be found at Verona (21km) Brescia (33km) Bergamo (80km) as well as Milan (113km) and Venice (115km)
If arriving by train the nearest station is at Peschiera (15km) From there it's possible to get a local bus, take the ferry or a taxi ride into the resort.
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