|Piazza Giacomo Matteotti in Bardolino|
The resort of Bardolino on Lago di Garda (Lake Garda) lies within easy reach of Bergamo and is an ideal place to visit for the day.
Exploring the pleasant town is as enjoyable as quaffing the light red wine of the same name that is produced there.
From Bergamo, drive to Desenzano del Garda, following the A4 autostrada (motorway) towards Venezia (leaving at the Desenzano exit), or take the train to Brescia and then change to the Milan to Venice service which calls at Desenzano.
From Desenzano, there are regular boats to Bardolino from Piazza Matteotti, which is at the side of the lake.
You will see the tower of an old castle that is now part of a hotel as the boat approaches Bardolino.
Walk down the short main street into the town, which is lined with shops, restaurants and bars, such as the one in our picture (above), where you can sample Bardolino by the glass.
Make a point of visiting the church of San Severo, which dates back to the 11th century and is a popular location for weddings, and the small church of San Zeno, which dates back to the eighth century and still contains traces of its original frescoes.
If you want to learn more about Bardolino wine and the history of wine making, visit the fascinating wine museum run by the Zeni family of winemakers at Via Costabella 9. The museum is open from mid March until the end of October and individual visitors are admitted free of charge. For more information visit www.zeni.it.