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At the southern foot of the Alps, between its rocky toes, lies Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, a 30–mile–long fjord scoured through the rock by the last of the Ice Age glaciers, a watery cleft so deep you could sink the Eiffel Tower and still have room to scuba dive on top. This is Alpine country with a gentle Mediterranean climate, a soaring landscape ripe with olive and lemon groves, palms, cypresses, oleanders and orange trees.
People have been coming here ever since for the dramatic views, and Italians themselves appreciate the agreeable climate, which is particularly fresh and invigorating in spring. You'll be staying at a modern 3 star hotel on the Gardone Riviera, along the south–western shore of the lake, from where you can easily catch a ferry to other popular lakeside towns. At one time Gardone itself was an exclusive resort for the Italian upper–crust, and there are traces of 1920s art nouveau elegance still to be seen amid the lush gardens and opulent villas. One of Italy's most famous and eccentric sons, poet and war hero Gabriele D'Annunzio, had a grand and bizarre abode here which is still worth a look, sporting among other things a thousand–seat amphitheatre, a torpedo–boat, a biplane installed inside the house and a battleship on the lawn.
Also recommended is the Giardino Botanico Heller, or Heller Gardens, featuring a Bridge of Monsters, a Chinese water–clock, sculptures including a giant wooden Praying Mantis, pop–art by Keith Haring and Roy Leichtenstein, and more than 2,000 species of plants from around the world.
There are optional excursions too, so you can use Gardone as a base to explore the region, visit Verona or Venice, or take a Lake tour. Optional dinners are prebookable in the hotel , or you may prefer to keep your options open as there are many great places to eat in Gardone. However you spend your time, we think you'll agree that our Lake Garda Spring Special 2017 is a truly outstanding Omega deal.
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