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The North Lakes

by Joanne Gardner last updated on 07/25/2008 Disclaimer

Sirmione street scene

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Looking for some place away from the maddening crowd in Italy? I recently returned from a solo tour of what I call the Food Route of northern Italy. I found some pleasant surprises in the area.

Lake Garda, north of Brescia, is a delightful resort area with a variety of small towns from which to choose. Sirmione is a picturesque town on the lake with its own castle and a whole lot of gelato shops. What a great combination that is! There is a spa of great renown that attracts tourists from all over Europe and a 4 star resort waiting for you.

If you are looking to combine romantic accommodations, cuisine, spa and golf look no further than the 15th Century 5 star Palazzo Arzaga. Two courses by Nicholas and Player offer magnificent scenery as well as challenging golf while the spa has the treatments to let you melt into the Italian way of life. Utilizing both the former activities will allow you to enjoy the cuisine and fabulous wine cellar. There is a magnificent terrace overlooking the golf course for your destination wedding ceremony and reception.

Combine the lake area with a few days in Verona, Bologna, Brescia or Venice and you have a perfect Italian honeymoon.

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