We arrived in Lake Garda just in time to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary on October 11th. Due to our warped sense of time we would have completely missed it had it not been for the calendar reminder. Who’s Anniversary? Oh. OURS – shit! Unscripted it was the best yet.
We met Simone (pronounced Simone-ay), the host of the AirBnB apartment we rented in Garda town, around 7pm. Just in time to freshen up and walk the easy 10 min stroll to dinner along the lakeside boardwalk. Cobblestone streets, twinkly waterfront restaurants, stone tunnels to the old village – molto romantico! We stumbled into a darling little alleyway nook, complete with sidewalk restaurant, gelato/crepe shop featuring giant vats of nutella, and Can e Gato, the phenomenal wine bar with live music which would prove to be the highlight of our trip.
With off season ferry schedules and only one full day to spend, we focused our attention on Garda town and Malcestine (pronounced mal-chay-see-nay). Malcestine is an easy 30 min drive north along the lake, and the spot where my mom spent many Easters with my Grandparents as a teenager and learned to waterski. Love coming full circle. Highly recommend taking the cable car to the top and paragliding down – our anniversary gift to ourselves – views are unparalleled!
For a fancy dinner, drink prosecco and eat the shrimp gnocci at Hotel Vittoria on the waterfront in Garda, where we spent our Anniversary dinner. If you need a tablecloth or leather jacket, the Friday market in Garda has many to choose from but given we are packing light we were over it within 10 minutes.
With many more lake towns (Limone, Sirmione, etc) to explore we hope to revisit Garda some day. But for an Anniversary weekend, it was perfect!