Scenes from Lake Garda Italy, Part 1

No visit to a city is complete without going for a run through its streets, paths and environs. Our stay in Gardone Riviera by Lake Garda was no exception. I rolled out of bed to run up to the Via Panoramico to see what delights might be in store for me. Going up was quite steep and hot in the 95F degree weather. The road had many river-smoothed stones stilled by cement but even so footing was surprisingly uneven. The slope and the uncertainty made a walk much more practical than a jog:

Via Cecelio by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014
Via Cecelio by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Fortunately the road up Via Cecelio was very quiet with nary a car on the up and only one coming down.  The road passed very close to some beautiful homes.

Cheerful Home by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014
Cheerful Home by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

I almost gave up before I reached the top. Fortunately,  I could see a guard rail far above me. That meant the via Panoramica so I kept going. Finally, I crested the top and could see the sign for the trail I had been unknowingly following.

Trail Sign by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014
Trail Sign by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Gratefully, I began running downhill, stopping every little bit to photograph the great view.

View of Lake Garda by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014
View of Lake Garda by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Surprisingly, there were few cars and few cyclists so my run on the narrow road was quite safe. A kind young biker who was painting a t-shirt on a picnic bench shared the secret of a path bisecting the many hairpins. Alerted, I darted down this shortcut, an upside down version of via Cecelio:

Shortcut by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014
Shortcut by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

At the end of my run I saw a woman on a cane tap her way into a park.

Woman with Cane in a Park by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014
Woman with Cane in a Park by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

She was barely moving forward but she was out there. I cheered her on. All in all it was a great run. No tour to a city is complete without breathing the air, sweating in the temperature and humidity and seeing the sites while on foot.

View from Via Cecelio by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014
View from Via Cecelio by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Next up: Scenes from Gardone Riviera on Lake Garda, Part 2

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8 comments

    • Aren’t they? The textures, the mostly closed shutters and the hot pink bougainvillea are compelling. There just must be a patio table and two chairs and a nice pitcher of iced sun tea just beyond the fence.

    • Hi Albert, thank you and thanks for telling me about Storehouse. I am not familiar with it so went to their website to check it out. I’ll give it a go. Do you have content on Storehouse? Would love to see it. Thanks, Jennifer

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