Apartment Il Vittoriale with a Wonderful View on Lake Garda
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Gardone Riviera apartment description
A BRIEF DESCRIPTION
The apartment 'Il Vittoriale' is located at the second floor of a small condominium surrounded by plants and flowers and it can accommodate up to 9 people. From the two balconies and from the windows of the living room you have a great view of the lake and its islands. On the largest terrace there is a ping-pong table and an inflatable pool 2 meters in diameter. As it can be seen in the photographs, the apartment is furnished in a comfortable manner; there are 3 bedrooms, one them called THE PRESIDENTIAL because of the king-size bed and the furniture dating back to the early years of the last century, the second called BUTTERFLY because of the yellow blankets of the beds and the third, which is quite small, called “MAMERTINO”, after the name of the ancient Roman prison “Mamertinus”. The building is located in the hills 10 minutes walk from Gardone di Sopra where you come up with a good road that runs on a little slope slightly wavy and where you can find all kinds of groceries, many restaurants/pizzerias and the Open Air Theatre of the complex 'Il Vittoriale degli Italiani' built by the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio. At Gardone di Sotto, where you come up in 10 minutes with a quite steep road, you can find small beaches of pebble, sand and grass as well as the pharmacy and along the lake shore, many cafès and restaurants; 1, 5 km south, at Barbarano, there is a supermarket, while a few miles south, at Salò, there are all kinds of shops, malls among the best stored in the region and, on Saturdays, an outdoor market with an excellent price-quality ratio.
Since your first inquiry about the apartment two booklets will be sent you via e-mail, the first entitled 'Useful numbers and places of interest at Gardone and on --- Lake Garda' and the second entitled 'Description of the apartment and instructions for use.'
We recommend you to read carefully these booklets because they may be very useful either to decide if the apartment is right for you or, once you have made your choice, how to to use the equipment of the apartment and the opportunities that Gardone and its surroundings offer its guests.
In particular, you should read carefully the section on utilities (electricity, gas, water, telephone and wi-fi) so that, if necessary, you know how to intervene to return the light and the electricity, to stop a loss of water, to interrupt the gas supply in the event of suspicious odors or to restart the heating.
HOW TO ARRIVE AT GARDONE
BY FREEWAY: Coming from the West (i.e. from Milan-Bergamo) you should exit at Brescia east and take the highway towards Lake Garda, Salò direction (30 km); coming from the East (i.e., Venice, Padua, Verona) you should exit at Desenzano and continue towards Salò (16 km) along the road that runs along the shore of the lake or, in the case of heavy traffic, along the one that runs halfway up the hill from Lonato to Cunettone; in both cases you reach Gardone through Via Zanardelli.
BY TRAIN: coming from the West, get off at ---- Brescia station, coming from the East get off at __ Desenzano station and then continue by bus and stop, in both cases, in front of -----Gardone Grand'Hotel.
BY PLANE: you can arrive to Gardone from the airports Milano-Malpensa (171 km, 1 h 46 min), Milano-Linate (132 km, 1 h 24 min) and Bergamo-Orio al Serio (80 km, 1 h).
In this case when you to arrive at Gardone it is advisable to rent a car, possibly booking in advance; moreover, this will make much easier to visit the region of lake Garda and others destinations. Gardone, in fact, is 42 km (41 min) from Riva del Garda, on the northern shore of the lake, 24 km (38 min) from Desenzano and 33 km (58 min) from Sirmione, on the southern shore. A little more than two hours to the north, you can reach Madonna di Campiglio (106 km, 2 hours) and the Brenta Dolomites. In addition, leaving from Maderno (3 km from Gardone) it is easy to access (by boat and ferry) to the eastern shore of the lake (17 min navigation) and, from here, Verona (45 km, 50 min), Venice (162 km, 2 h 27 min) and the whole Veneto.
On the ground floor of the building another apartment is also available. it is called 'La Cedraia' :its detailed data are provided on request; it can accommodate up to 5 people.
- On floor 2
- 100 m²
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 7-9
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Linens Provided:
- Parking Off Street:
- Washing Machine
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Towels Provided
- André Heller Foundation The botanical garden On a ground of about 10,000 m² situated on a slope of Mount Lavino is a collection of over 2,000 different specimens coming from all continents and all climatic zones (in particular the majestic foliage of Osmunda regalis, the various species of bamboo and the beautiful spring flowering of azaleas). The famous physician and naturalist Arthur Hruska created this paradise between 1910 and 1917 with streams and ponds covered with water lilies and calla lilies, full of fish, all immersed in a landscape of the Dolomites recreated in miniature. In 1988, the multimedia artist André Heller purchased this land including the adjoining house, in order to create a center of environmental awareness. Found a place within the park sculptures of contemporary artists like Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Mimmo Paladino. The garden is open to the public from March to October, from 9 to 19. ...moreless
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
Pool & Spa
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Lawn / Garden
Location & View
- Lake View
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Mountain Biking
- Massage Therapist
- Live Theater
- Botanical Garden
- Miniature Golf
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Paddle Boating
- Gardone Riviera (for the inhabitants and the visitors just Gardone) is located a few kilometres North of Salò, almost halfway along the West Gardesana. It is an ideal starting point for many destinations; Gardone is, in fact, just 40 km away from Riva del Garda (on the Northern shore of Lake Garda) and 25 km away from Desenzano and the autoroute Milan-Bergamo-Brescia-Venice and 25 km away from Sirmione (on the Southern shore). From Toscolano-Maderno (3 km away from Gardone di Sotto) you can easily reach, by boat (and ferry), the Eastern shore, and from there, Verona (and its Arena) and the whole Veneto. The airports of Verona (Catullo) and Bergamo (Orio al Serio) are both an hour's drive from Gardone. In less than a two hours' drive (to the North) you can reach Madonna di Campiglio and the Brenta Dolomites. Gardone became a tourist resort at the end of '800, when some German doctors began to celebrate its therapeutic qualities. In these years Luigi Wimmer, a distinguished and wealthy Austrian-born gentleman, spent in Gardone a long period of treatment and he fell in love with the little town; so he decided to build the first hotel on the Lake Garda Riviera. As he became mayor of Gardone in 1881, he promoted its image all over Europe: kings, princes, and great personalities began to attend regularly Gardone which turned into a high-quality tourist resort. From 1921 to 1938 Gardone was the last residence of Gabriele D'Annunzio who was the most important Italian poet and writer of the first half of '900. He also inspired nationalist political movements including fascism itself. In the last two years of World War II Gardone housed several ministries of the so-called 'Social Republic', the puppet state that Mussolini, after the armistice signed between Italy and the Allied armed forces on September 8th 1943, constituted under the protection of Hitler with its capital at Salò. ...moreless
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Fantastic location but needs attention
Fantastic location but needs attention
The location is excellent, affording a nice view over the lake and a walk of about 200 metres up a fairly steep hill from the lake side. It is also a 10 minute stroll along a level road to the delightfull Piazza dei Caduti where there are 4 or 5 excellent restaurants. The kitchen is well equipt, fast wi-fi and both bathrooms in good order. My teenage boys and I made good use of the full size table tennis table on the terrace. Cleanliness overall was good but I did need to clean up a few old stains in the fridge myself before being comfortable to use it. Also upon arrival both bathrooms bizarrely had partially used items such as shower gels and sponges left behind, and used cleaning cloths in the kitchen. As the bathrooms were otherwise spotless I can only assume it was thought this was a favour to us? I don't think we're unusual in preferring to use my own wash items and for this price I think it is reasonable to have a couple of new cleaning cloths to keep the apartment clean. There was also no vacuum cleaner despite this being in the description sent to us. The terrace although large with a great view needs tidying up and painting, there are large pots with no plants in, only one chair which reclined - another one which was broken in bits was left in a corner. Why? Get rid of it and replace it. There were also only 2 old mismatched cushions for all the plastic chairs The suede sofa in the living room is worn and tired and needs replacing. A blanket thrown over it does not hide that. There is also a lot of old children's puzzles/toys around and the owners personal items in a wardrobe and drawers which mean less storage space and for you, and also makes it feel like your in someone else's home rather that renting a holiday apartment. There is a lot right about this apartment but for the price we paid we expected a better standard and the things that are wrong could be easily rectified. The owners communications before rental were excellent and very helpful.
- Guest gordon p.
- Date of stay 08/03/13
- Review Submitted 08/28/13
RATES SHOWN ARE WEEKLY, FOR 2 GUESTS. EACH ADDITIONAL GUEST + €100/WEEK (CHILDREN 12 OR YOUNGER: 50% OFF./INFANTS (less than 2 years: NO CHARGE). €650 (basis price for two people)for the all year / Cleaning after departure: €100 Payment is due 30% upon booking and 70% on arrival (cash, paypal, bank transfer) Means of payment: cash, Bank account, PayPal
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- Nearest Airport: Orio al Serio (Bergamo) at 60 Kilometres
- Nearest Ferry: Toscolano - Maderno at 5 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Desenzano station at 20 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: A1 (Milano-Venezia) at 20 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Il Rimbalzello at 1000 Metres
- Nearest Barpub: Wimmer Café, piazza Wimmer at 500 Metres
- Nearest Ski: Madonna di Campiglio at 60 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Bogliaco at 10 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Wimmer Café Pizza restorant at 500 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: I am a professor of Aerospace Engineering in retirement. I was born in Ravenna, where my great-grandfather was a carter who carried sand for the reclamation of the marshes around the city, my grandfather was a factor of farms and my mother ran a shop of lingerie and linen for home. At the end of secondary school I went to the University of Bologna with the goal to graduate in Italian literature and to specialize in history, but, for some reason I don't remember quite well, actually I attended the Faculty of Engineering studying automatic controls and history of science (my true passion). My first job was on the automatic control design of the experimental nuclear reactor managed by the Italian National Atomic Energy Agency, but when Italy decided to retire from the development of power nuclear reactors I entered the University of Bologna to teach Theory of Automatic controls and, then, Automatic controls in aerospace. I am married with a French woman who works in the wine world and, in particular, imports to Italy French oak barrels; from our previous weddings we had 4 children; now we have 9 grandchildren and, while continuing to work, we take care of them as well (but just enough). We're both avid readers and we go gladly to the cinema, to the theater (less) and to the classical music concerts. We often travel in order to visit our children and grandchildren as well as friends and the relatives of my wife who live in Paris.
Why the Owner Chose Gardone Riviera:
Two sisters, friends and fellow citizens of mine had inherited a vacation home too big and expensive to be managed, but the place was wonderful and they did not want to lose it, or at least, they wanted another one equally lovely and still in Gardone where they had spent their youth; we went up and down the hills around Gardone but we found nothing that suited them until we had an idea, modestly brilliant. We decided to renovate the house, with a small extension, making four apartments. One for the two ladies, another one for me (and my children and grandchildren) and the remaining two to be sold to cover the costs. It was a success from every point of view, we were very satisfied of our apartments and also satisfied were the two families who bought the other two apartments. It has been also a good idea to rent them for short periods of time: we continue to enjoy Gardone and, at the same time, we meet new people and we save on costs.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
In the file of the booklet we give to those who ask us to rent the apartment, I picked up with the classic method 'cut and paste' the texts that describe the essential aspects of the geological, social, political and military history, as well as the natural and urbanistic beauties of the area of Lake Garda. There are few places in the world where in such a small area so many elements of high interest are concentrated . I will mention just one example of the many collected in the above mentioned booklet, the formation of Lake Garda. “The first hypothesis advanced and still the most widespread on the origin of these lakes is the usual one on the formation of U-shaped glacial valleys due to the excavation caused by the passing down of the great glaciers at the end of the Quaternary glaciations. In fact, the morphology of the rocky bottom of the basin (called bedrock) is in conflict with this hypothesis because the bedrock of the Italian subalpine lakes is located several hundred meters below the present level of the sea and therefore it is impossible to think that the melting glaciers were moving in counter-slope. This suggests that the origin of the benacense pit results by an imposing erosive action of rivers during the significant decrease in the level of the Mediterranean Sea occurred about 5.5 million years ago, when there was the closing of the connection with the Atlantic Ocean; was at this time that all the rivers of the basin did operate a strong erosive action to connect to the sea level, so digging very deep canyon, the bottom of which is now hundreds of meters below the present sea level. During the Pliocene the connection between the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean was re-established and the sea water literally invaded the deep valleys carved by these courses, depositing over time clay sediments. The studies carried out on Lake Garda showed that the bed-rock at the height of Malcesine, is located about 500 m below the present level of the sea.
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