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Isola del Garda
Lake Garda (Italian Lago di Garda or Benaco) is the largest lake in Italy. It is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Venice and Milan. It is in an alpine region and was formed by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the provinces of Verona (to the south-east), Brescia (south-west), and Trento (north). The lake is a major tourist destination, with a number of hotels and resorts along its shore. The lake has five islands, the largest being Isola del Garda. Nearby is the Isola dei Conigli (Rabbits' Island) or San Biagio. Both faces San Felice del Benaco, on the Brescian side. The three smaller are Isola dell'Olivo, Isola di Sogno and Isola di Trimelone.

Isola del Garda is a place of rare beauty, bursting with history, memories and legends. From May to September the Borghese Cavazza family opens its treasures for guided tours. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours through untouched nature, english and italian gardens and a few rooms of the impressive early 20th century neo-gothic-venetian style villa. At the end of the tour you will be offered a tasting of local products (olive oil, wine and a little snack).

The planning and carrying out of these amazing gardens dates back to 1880. The gardens were designed and cultivated by an expert in order to be admired both from the water and from the mainland. These magnificent gardens contain the following parts to be explored:

The Garden - The front gardens of the Villa are made in classic Italian style (created in the first 1900).The planning and carrying out of these amazing gardens dates back to 1880.The gardens were designed and cultivated by an expert in order to be admired both from the water and from the mainland. Most plants on the Island belong to the family of the Northern American ,Eastern and Northern African conifers .Mediterranean trees and shrubs such as citrus fruits , olive trees, holm-oaks ,privets and bay-trees are also numerous.

The front gardens of the Villa are Italian gardens with perfectly modelled hedges representing various figures including the coat of arms of the De Ferrari family who developed the gardens. Beautiful palms from the Canary Islands grow beside the Villa.
On the lower terraces near the lake there are many fruit trees including persimons,lemon trees, pear-trees,pomegranets, olive trees,orange trees grapefruit-trees prickly pears, jujube and capers.

Rare roses such as the Chinese Pink rose,Lady Hillingdon rose and yellow Banskia roses grow together with valerian,bouganvillea and other plants and flowers of rare beauty.
The most charming part of the Island is the flat area with evergreen cypresses, swamp cypress, cedars, poplars, bay-trees, plane trees, firtrees and other species together with typically mediterranean shrubs and essences. The gardens still remain a well preserved secret,jealously looked after and only very recently open to the public

The Caves - Artificial caves, built by the Lechi family .
Park - The planning and carrying out of the amazing natural park dates back to 1880.
Taxodium disticum? - The most charming and wild part.
Port - Built in 1830, designed by Rodolfo Vantini (1791-1856)
The Fairy House - Little building in the park

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Tours on Isola del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy (2009-03-19 22:03:25)

History of the Isole del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy (2009-03-19 22:09:46)


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