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    Start Brenzone, Lake Garda.

    Start Brenzone, Lake Garda. Check-in at your hotel, welcome drink and evening briefing.

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    Gentle walks taking in villages on the slopes of Monte Baldo to Malcesine; Scaglier Castle visit.

    This morning we walk a section of the Nordic Walking Park that covers some of the most charming small villages on the slopes of Monte Baldo. In the afternoon we stroll along the lakeside to reach the village of Malcesine and visit the Scaligero Castle, first built by the Longobards back between the 5th and 6th century. A symbol of Malcesine and Lake Garda with its strategic position overlooking the waterfront . For spectacular views over Lake Garda you can opt for a ride on the Malcesine cablecar, which reaches an altitude of 1760 m at the top of Monte Baldo. On a clear day you can see the whole of the lake, from Riva to Peschiera del Garda: a breathtaking panorama (entrance payable locally)

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    Walking tour to explore UNESCO heritage site Verona.

    After breakfast we take the public bus to Verona and enjoy a walking tour of the medieval city celebrated in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Take in views of the Roman Arena, the best preserved in Italy, and the colorful Piazza delle Erbe among the city's many historical sites. In the afternoon meet an expert on ancient prints who will explains the history of Verona through various rare prints and the engraving techniques once used to create books and prints. Return to Brenzone by public bus.

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    Ferry to western lakeside; walk to St Valentine's hermitage and Villa Igea. Afternoon olive farm visit and oil tasting.

    Transfer by ferry to the western side of the lake to Gargnano, where we walk the 'Lawrence Walk', which takes us past the Villa Igea, where D.H. Lawrence lived. We then transfer to the picturesque town of Limone, renowned for its dramatic setting and fragrant lemon groves. After lunch on our way back to Brenzone we stop to visit an olive oil producer. Walking among olive trees hundreds of years old, we get a chance to learn about the production of the oil and taste the delicate variety made along the shores of lake Garda. Our last night at lake Garda will be celebrated with a special dinner in a traditional restaurant.

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    Transfer to Lecco, our base on Lake Como. Visit Bellagio, the 'Pearl of Lake Como'.

    After breakfast we check out of our hotel and transfer to Lecco. Located on Lake Como, the town inspired Alessandro Manzoni his famous novel, "The Betrothed". We have some time to discover the city centre, before taking a ferry to Bellagio, the 'Pearl of Lake Como'. This lovely town is located at the top of the triangular peninsula that divides lower Lake Como into two parts. The afternoon is free to wander through this attractive resort town. In the evening, we head back to our hotel in Lecco by ferry.

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    Enjoy a stroll on the 'Lover's Walk' from Varenna to Olivedo and visit 11th century Vezio Castle.

    From Lecco we cross the lake and visit Ossuccio, with its historical centre and famous bell tower. There we walk to the Baroque Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Soccorso and enjoy a picnic lunch en route. After lunch we continue to Villa del Balbianello, built at the end of the 18th Century for the Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini. The views of the lake and surrounding hills from the villa are magnificent

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    From Ossuccio walk to baroque Sanctuary of S. Maria del Soccorso. Visit 18th century Villa del Balbianello.

    After breakfast we head to Varenna by ferry, on lake Como. The town, gracefully perched on the mountain, is one of the most panoramic spots of the lake. Before lunch, we explore the village and walk along the lake through the 'Lover’s Walk' connecting Varenna to Olivedo. In the afternoon we walk up to the ruins of the 11th Century Vezio Castle, that dominates the town, to the source of the Fiumelatte river, said to be the shortest river in the world. An optional visit to the scenic gardens of the lakeside Villa Monastero may be posible. W return to Lecco by ferry for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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    End Lecco, Lake Como.

    End Lecco.

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Zondag 22 juni 2019

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