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Situated on the beautiful banks of Lake Garda, the popular resort of Bardolino is surrounded by bounteous vineyards and undulating hills. Fine wine, good food and a vivacious approach to life propels the sun drenched town, in which incredible ruins and enthralling churches reside. The glittering depths of Lake Garda prove perfect for swimming, sailing and snorkelling, while those seeking some restorative relaxation can simply recline of the idyllic docks.
The town’s most impressive icon is the church of San Severo, one of Italy’s most significant examples of remarkable Romanesque architecture. Within the thick, 13th century walls, gorgeous arcades and elaborate frescos decorate the walls and in the churches bowels, ancient and sacred Christian objects reside. Amidst the shady squares and winding lanes of the Old Town, arresting structures like the Scaliger Gateway and the Defending Tower can be observed, in addition to the quaint and picturesque harbour. Here, inviting wine bars entice customers with locally fermented nectar and luscious lakeside vistas.
Bardolino’s most prized export is undoubtedly the wonderful wines, created using sun drenched grapes grown in the verdant vineyards. Such is the town’s dedication to the delightful drink that every year it plays host to the Bardolino Grape and Wine Festival. Highly enjoyable tours of these iconic vineyards can be enjoyed in addition to an informative and inspiring visit to the Wine Museum. Here, enthralling exhibitions explain the ancient history of winemaking, linking the processes to the rich culture of the area. Tantalising tastes of the locally fermented wines are an absolute certainly.
Enjoying a charming location beside a traditional Italian farmhouse, the warm and authentic Ristorante Costadoro is a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Sample the robust flavours of a cuisine renowned through the world, sampling signature dishes such as wild boar with rosemary and softly poached salmon. A bottle of Bardolino’s wonderful wine is an integral accompaniment to such gourmet gastronomy.(Via Costa d'Oro, 7, 37011 Bardolino)