Driving the length of the breathtaking Lago di Garda it is clear why it has played host to some of the greatest romantic writers of history. As you get closer to the Palazzo, the sense of intimacy increases with the ever-winding roads and dwindling tourists. Met by a member of the hotel staff, you are lead down cobbled streets into the original courtyard of the Palazzo, complete with stoic columns and a well. A dusty orange façade that is set alight when the evening sun reaches it around 7 O’clock on summer evenings.
If you are fortunate enough to have a room in the old watchtower, you can sit by the low windows with a glass of wine and soak in the evening softness. This slow, comforting pace of life is influenced by the ebb and flow of the tide. The general serenity known by the inhabitants and shared by the owners can be found in every careful detail, from the generous beds with lavender bags, to the leisurely breakfast.
Finally, if curiosity does take you and you feel compelled to explore the nearby towns, ask the staff for excellent recommendations. You need only take a bike to slip into the local lifestyle. The expeditions can be enjoyable but testing enough to give you a sense of wholesomeness and to stir the appetite when settling down to lunch on the waters edge.