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Italian Lake View Apartment
With commanding views over Lake Garda, Regina del Garda lords above Gardone Riviera's bustling main square with shops and restaurants lining the streets below. Its panoramic vista is enhanced by a flower filled, lakeside promenade that's perfect for romantic evening strolls. The passenger ferry stop, 100 yards from your door, is an invitation to explore all of Lake Garda.
Regina del Garda occupies the top two floors of a former silk factory. From a furnished covered balcony, it overlooks the pretty pedestrian piazzetta where summer concerts take place. Isola di Garda, the lake's largest island, hovers on the near horizon. To the left is the impressive expanse of the Grand Hotel Gardone.
Furnished in a contemporary style, the main level's open living, dining and kitchen area has four sets of French doors opening to a furnished balcony, bringing in the sights and sounds of this summer resort town. The bedroom on this level faces the other side and sits above the Gardesana, the main road circling Lake Garda. On the top floor, a sloping ceiling results in rooms with dormered windows facing the lake. On this level, two bedrooms are air conditioned while a third has a small single bed for a child.
On arrival, check in takes place at La Florida, a nearby resort that is rented by Parker Villas. The friendly English speaking staff will assign a porter who will follow you back to the property and carry your bags up the stairs. This service is also provided at check out. Guests of Regina are welcome to use the resort's adult and children's pool at no charge. The pool is open 8 am to 8 pm from mid-May through mid-October. Heating and air conditioning are included in the price. The helpful resort staff can arrange for cleaning services for an hourly fee. Cooking classes at La Florida are available for an additional cost and must be booked in advance.
Free parking in town is usually available in a lot 250 yards away or a paid lot with weekly rates is in 30 yards. Guests can also reserve a private parking space for a weekly fee if booked in advance.
Frequent ferry service is available from June to October. For the other months, when the ferry is not running, a car is necessary. During the season, passenger hydrofoils from the piazzetta stop along the lake's western shore towns from dawn to dusk.
Sheltered from Nordic winds by the Dolomites, Garda is the warmest and largest of Italy's lakes. Its climate is ideal for olives, vines, citrus groves and palm trees. The Botanical Garden of Hruska, 500 yards away, has over 8000 exotic flowers and is open March through October. A worthy visit is the home of Italian author Gabriele D'Annunzio. Reached in a 10 minute walk, it's best described as stepping into a painting by Salvador Dali.
Within a 10 minute drive is Toscolano-Maderno with the area's best beaches and where the art of papermaking goes back 1500 years. Also in 10 minutes is SalÚ, the birthplace of Gasparo da SalÚ, inventor of the violin. Desenzano's shops and active nightlife are 35 minutes away; Brescia: 40; Riva del Garda: 45; Sirmione's castle and swan filled moat: 50; Verona or Cremona: 50; the art cities of Bergamo and Mantova or Gardaland in Castelnuovo Garda, with Italy's largest Disney style theme park: 60; Vicenza: 75; Milan or Trento: 90; Padova or Parma: 100; Venice: 120.
A tourist tax collected by the town of Gardone Riviera is paid separately from May 16 - September 30. Children under age 15 are exempt.
Fourth floor: Two air conditioned bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with two single, joinable beds. One small bedroom with a child's single bed. One bathroom with shower, hair dryer and washing machine. When rented at the price for up to 4 guests, one double bedroom is closed.