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Regina del Garda

Gardone Riviera, Brescia

The two double bedrooms on the fourth floor have air conditioning with individual climate control. Usage is included in the price.

Car Needed
Due to limited ferry service, a car is necessary from October to June.

Light housekeeping with a two hour minimum per visit may be arranged. To ensure availability, order this service at the time of booking. This service is paid on-site in Euro.

Closest Airports
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa - 1.5 hours
TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci at Fiumicino - 5.5 hours
National and InterEuropean: Verona - 50 minutes
National and InterEuropean: Milan Linate - 1.5 hours
National and InterEuropean: Venice Marco Polo - 2 hours

Cooking Class
For groups of two or more, a cooking class at the nearby La Florida resort may be ordered at the time of booking. Advance notice is required and this service is paid on-site in Euro.

Driving Times
Toscolano-Maderno or Salo: 10 minutes; Desenzano: 35; Brescia: 40; Riva del Garda: 45; Verona or Cremona: 50; Mantova, Bergamo, Lake Iseo or Castelnuovo Garda: 60; Vicenza: 75; Milan or Trento (Dolomites): 90; Padova or Parma: 100; Venice: 120; Lake Como: 2.5 hours.

Language Spoken
The keyholders are the English-speaking staff at the owner's nearby resort.

Internet Access
The home comes with a fixed high speed DSL line and a WiFi modem. Four devices (ie.tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones) within range of the stationery modem have Internet access.

Heating is included in the price.

Interior Décor
Apartment condo - Tasteful and contemporary best describe this apartment furnished with good quality pieces and shiny, wooden parquet floors. The main level's open living, dining and kitchen area has four sets of French doors opening to the furnished balcony allowing for great views and plenty of natural light.

Interior Amenities: The two double bedrooms on the top floor are air conditioned with usage included in the price. The top floor bathroom has a built-in hair dryer.

Layout Notes: The top floor bedrooms have dormered windows and sloping ceilings of enough height for good clearance. The single bedroom is a smaller room with a child size bed.

This property is located in the town of Gardone Riviera. A car is not necessary from June to October.

The kitchen occupies one end of the open living/dining room. Along with plenty of counter space, it offers a stove top, oven, fridge and dishwasher.

Limited Parking
Free parking is usually available in a lot 250 yards away, or a paid lot with weekly rates is 30 yards away.

A private parking space can be reserved for a set weekly fee if booked in advance.

With the windows open, the sounds of this quaint resort town, mostly those of pedestrians or the ferry horn, can be heard. The third floor bedroom faces the hillside with the Gardesana or the main road circling Lake Garda passing by.

Steps & Stairs
Walk 250 yards from the free parking or 30 yards from the paid lot and up 45 steps with a handrail to the apartment entrance. Luggage porter service is included in the price and is arranged when checking in at the nearby resort.

A portable cellular phone is available and upon arrival, is charged with 25 or 50 Euro. Guests pay for all calls made. The keyholder may assist with replenishing the usage card if necessary.

An exceptional location being right above this resort town's main piazzetta surrounded by shopping and dining with fantastic lake views from the balcony.

The ferry for exploring semi-tropical Lake Garda is right outside the door.

The apartment's owner also owns a nearby resort, and guests are welcome to call on the staff for assistance and use the pool (open mid-May to mid-October) at no additional cost. Two bedrooms are air conditioned.

Shared with other guests. Guests may use the pool at the owner's resort located two and a half miles away. The pool is open 8 am to 8 pm from April 1 through mid-October. Pool towels are available.

Road Condition
By car on a winding and curvy paved road.

Satellite Basic package - A limited number of channels with most of them being Italian. There may be one or two news channels in the English language.

From the terrace and most of the third floor rooms, views to the front and center overlook the pedestrian piazzetta and Lake Garda with Isola di Garda on the near horizon. The bedroom on this level faces the hillside and mountains. To the sides are views of town buildings and to the left is the Grand Hotel Gardone with its lakefront promenade. Dormered windows on the fourth floor are positioned high on the wall and offer lake views when standing in front of them.

Washing Machine
This property is equipped with a washing machine.

What's nearby
Nearest shopping and dining: Location! Location! Location! Around this piazzetta or small pedestrian square are several restaurants and cafes and being in the center of Gardone Riviera, shops of all kinds are within walking distance. A pizzeria is on the ground floor of the building. A Despar market, 600 yards away is open on Saturday until 7:30 pm and on Sunday, in the summer months, from 8:30 am - 1pm. Less than 10 minutes away, Salo has two supermarkets.

Internet Point: "La Pensilina" cafe bar is located 200 yards from the apartment and open until 7 pm. Closed on Sunday.

Not to be missed: In Toscolano-Maderno, a 10 minute drive away, is a museum dedicated to its history in papermaking. Mussolini's Villa Feltrinelli is in Gargnano, a 15 minute drive and is now a luxury hotel.

The summer resort town of Riva del Garda, a 45 minute drive away, features a castle where Dante slept. The castle is surrounded by a moat filled with swans and a courtyard of palm trees.

Desenzano, a popular resort town with a long lakefront promenade of boutique shops, bars, restaurants and an active nightlife is 35 minutes away.

Within a 45 minute drive is Grotte di Sirmione with ruins of a massive Roman villa from the 1st century BC with a 140 foot cistern, once used to feed the Roman baths and heated pool. Reached by electric train or a 15 minute walk from Sirmione.

Public transportation: For those arriving by train, use the Brescia train station and then take a bus to Gardone. Buses run every 30 minutes and the ride is just over an hour. For day trips, a passenger ferry stops 100 yards in front of the apartment and visit towns along the Lake's western shore. In Maderno, a 10 minute drive is the car ferry to cross over to Torri on the eastern shore. Ferry service is seasonal and runs from mid-March to October. The most frequent service is during the months of June to October, and this is the only time a car is not necessary. From mid-March to June, ferry service is available but on a limited schedule.

Within walking distance: The Botanical Garden of Hruska is 500 yards away with over 8,000 exotic flowers. Open from March to October. Villa Vittoriale, the home of Italian author Gabriele D' Annunzio is a 10 minute walk. The villa houses a wide range of furnishings and decor from the 1930s with some very unusual items such as an open air theater designed after Taormina's Greek theatre, the prow of a battleship and a mausoleum modeled after a wedding cake.

Pool: The friendly owner has a hotel two and a half miles away. Guests of Regina del Garda can use this hotel's adult and children's pool at no charge. The pool is open from 8 am to 8 pm from mid-May through mid-October.

Beach: A grassy area with sun chair rental is located at the end of the promenade next door along with a diving school. Within a 10 minute drive is Toscolano-Maderno with the area's best beaches.

For Kids: Gardaland is Italy's largest theme park with Valley of the Kings - a scaled reproduction of an Egyptian temple, Merlin's Castle, African Safari, Dolphin shows and Barbie World. Located an hour's drive in Castelnuovo Garda and open April - October with daily hours from mid-June to mid-Sept and weekends otherwise.

Golf: Gardagolf Country Club, within a 30 minute drive, Open year round. Closed on Mondays from November 1 - March 15.

Horseback riding: Scuderia Castello, within a 20 minute drive. They offer half day and full day riding trips. Must be booked in advance.

Outdoor activities: One of the main attractions of Lake Garda are the multitude of watersports and recreation activities available: windsurfing (with several world championships hosted here); diving; swimming; boat rides; and many more.

Hiking: The Monte Spino mountain features many hiking trails and views. Riva del Garda's Cascata Verone is a 100 yard waterfall with hiking trails to take in the beauty of the natural landscape.

Special events - festivals: Drama and concerts in the open-air theater of Villa Vittoriale take place in July and August.

Open air markets: Mondays in Bergamo and Peschiera; Tuesdays in Desenzano del Garda and Wednesdays in Cremona; the second and the fourth Wednesday in Riva del Garda.

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