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Italy for Italians

The hotel may be expensive for the size of the room (although not for Venice), but they are nice enough not to nickel and dime you. I was able to print my boarding passes for free, and really appreciate that they had a free computer for guest use in addition to the free wifi as my computer broke before the trip.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">I had breakfast, checked out, and headed to the train station.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">Even early in the morning chill, there are plenty of people out and about in Venice. This place is just always crowded everywhere. It reminds me of an amusement park- everybody is a tourist, everything is overpriced, there are massive crowds everywhere, but people keep coming because it's fun and you need to see it at least once.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">Now, off to Vicenza!<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">A friend picked me up from the train station and drove me around Vicenza, where she lives. The town is so cute and adorable! It looks like a fun place to live.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">After the short tour, we headed out to Lake Garda. On the way, we passed vineyards and farms, and the occasional random castle. It was so picturesque!<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">Sirmione was just as picturesque. The lake is so flat and calm. The Dolomite mountains in the background were just visible through the haze. And the tiny castle was adorable.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">In front of the castle is a fruit-seller, who my friend said had the best fruit, and she was right. I don't know where he gets it, but everything was sweet and juicy and absolutely delicious!<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">We enjoyed it on a nice walk along the lake. We saw a bunch of Italians also enjoying the recreation that the lake provides. Unlike Venice, which was filled with different languages, Sirmeone was filled with Italian.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">Our walk wound around the lake and some wooded paths until we saw what looked like a gorgeous park behind a gate that was opened, but closing. We took a walk through the gorgeous gardens studded with statues of Roman myths and up to an ancient-looking building before one of the guys that worked at the hotel informed us that this was exclusive and we needed to leave. It was a nice walk though.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">Next, we entered the castle and the old part of the city, just to wander around. I know I'm repeating myself, but everything is just so beautiful and picturesque! Look at the pictures that can't begin to capture the beauty!<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">Eventually, we got hungry, so we headed out of old town and to a nearby restaurant. This is where I got the homemade pasta I've been waiting for this whole trip. We also had some strong olive oil with the bread, and some delicious caprese. It may have been the best meal I had this trip.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">Unfortunately, after food, it was time to separate.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">We drove through some more quaint small-town areas to the train station and said bye (for now...)<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: normal;">This time, it was light outside as I rode the train, so I could see the Dolomite mountains, the farming villages, and the occasional castle watch tower out my window.

Sirmione Castle

Sirmione Castle


Moat

Moat


Lake Garda

Lake Garda


Forbidden garden

Forbidden garden

Posted by spsadventures 16:00 Archived in Italy

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