It was an unbelievably gorgeous day when we left Trento to head toward the Italian Riviera. With our handy Atlas in tow, Big R found us a detour that would take us around Lake Garda in the Italian Alps. We had quickly figured out that Lake Garda was a popular destination, and it was easy to understand why. The revelation that Big R was more relaxed when he could view the scenery and take photos along the drive, and my anxiety level was greatly reduced when I had control of the wheel, made this part of the trip a calm and exciting adventure.
The hotel was nice, but what made it so wonderful was the hospitality of the owners. Not a lick of English, and yet we somehow managed to get checked in and settled. The owners quickly took to our puppy and spoiled little r, wanting nothing more than to make us feel right at home, which we did. Exploring the town takes all but five minutes, so the afternoon was used instead to relax, drink wine, and plan for our trip into the Cinque Terre the following day.
Right behind the old town church was a small vineyard and hotel where they serve food picnic style and allow guests to enjoy the area surrounded by vineyards including hammocks and picnic tables. The wine is served out of the tap and into water glasses handed to you in a wooden box.
LIttle r finally gave into the heat and Big R and I enjoyed our balcony as we looked over maps and information for our Cinque Terre adventure.
We had reservations at the only restaurant in town, and dinner was at 8 p.m., and that was EARLY for these locals. We were glad little r rested before such a late dinner. He wasn't a huge fan of us waking him to sit at a fancy restaurant. The weather cooperated and we were able to enjoy dinner on the patio with the other local guests (and we were relieved that another toddler was among the crowd). Embarrassed that we knew not a lick of Italian, we managed to pick up some necessities pretty quickly. Most people still seemed to think we were German. I still find that amusing.
Stay tuned for Part III and the Cinque Terre...